Are you a people person with a strong desire to listen to and help others? Perhaps you’re considering a career as a counsellor or are simply fascinated by the world of psychology. Dive into the human mind and how your skills and knowledge learnt on this course can help you understand and support others.
Our BSc (Hons) Counselling Psychology programme will provide you with a strong foundation to pursue any career, whether it’s in a clinical setting or not – the opportunities are endless.
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Why study this subject?
Our BSc (Hons) Counselling Psychology course will be of interest to you if you’re considering a career in counselling but also wish to keep your options open. The range of modules to choose from, together with support from our specialist teaching staff, will help give you the flexibility you need to choose the right career path.
You’ll build a strong foundation if you wish to practice Clinical Psychology, pursue counselling as a career or in any area of psychology – you’ll be set up for great success in the future in any number of counselling environments.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
At BNU, we explore every aspect of psychology on our wide range of courses. Our teaching department is home to an incredible community of Psychology and Social Science students who can collaborate with you on projects, providing a rich supply of volunteers when you run your own experiments.
Your learning won’t just take place in a lecture theatre – you’ll have the chance to learn in labs and seminar rooms, gaining the skills that you’ll need when you start your exciting career.
BNU prides itself on teaching practical skills wherever and whenever we can, meaning you'll leave us feeling confident and prepared for your future. Our hands-on approach will give you a sense of what it’s really like to work in the world of counselling psychology, in whatever career you choose.
The Psychology department at BNU also provides you with the opportunity to hear from and connect with experts in the field, including HM Prison & Probation staff, Counselling Psychologists, Senior Police Officers, Neuropsychologists and Occupational Psychologists to name just a few.
We also arrange regular visits to museums, prisons, courts and sports venues to see psychology applied in lots of different contexts.
As a Counselling Psychology student, you’ll also be given these same opportunities but in the context of our Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Applied Positive Psychology programmes meaning your learning experience will be even richer.
Our BSc (Hons) Psychology and Criminology programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and is a recognised qualification by employers throughout the country.
What facilities can I use?
On our BSc (Hons) Counselling Psychology programme, you’ll take part in laboratory and computing workshops where you’ll have the practical use of software used by social scientists in the presentation of research data.
You’ll also have the opportunity to use our state-of-the-art observation laboratory to engage in the measurement of psycho-physiological responses using Biopac©. You’ll be able to measure the activity of the cardiovascular system, brain, autonomic nervous system and more. You’ll also have access to Tobii eye tracking equipment and HTC Vive, a virtual reality software, meaning you can push the boundaries and get creative with your research ideas!
Our library is packed with all the information you need for your assessments – you’ll have access to hundreds of specialist books, articles and online journals. Not to mention there’s plenty of room to knuckle down for some quiet study time.
We’ll also sign you up to our Virtual Learning Environment which means you’ll have access to lots of online resources wherever you are!
What will I study?
Our BSc (Hons) Counselling Psychology degree will help you develop a solid foundation of understanding in core areas of psychology in addition to our uniquely developed counselling psychology modules.
You’ll learn about Biopsychology, Personality, Social, Cognitive and Developmental Psychology. In addition, you’ll study modules like Foundations of Counselling Psychology, Approaches to Therapeutic Traditions and look at ethical issues and diversity.
At BNU, we are always thinking about how we can best prepare our students for their future careers so, to give your learning on important practical elements, we also teach active listening and motivational interviewing – both important qualities in any career.
The taught module options available to you in your final year will be focused on the counselling environment you may be considering for your future career (e.g. Prison, Police, Business or Education).
In your final year, you’ll also have the opportunity to deep dive into a specialist area you’re really passionate about by completing an empirical dissertation. With the support and guidance of your personal tutor along with the facilities available to you here at Bucks, the possibilities for this project are endless.
How will I be taught and assessed?
You’ll be introduced to the core areas of psychology within the British Psychological Society Curriculum and counselling before moving on to explore more complex issues and theories throughout your time on the course.
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, classroom-based activities and workshops, independent learning methods and practical sessions. You’ll always be encouraged to think critically about the ideas you engage with on this course and you’ll be given the opportunity to explore and discuss those ideas with your tutors and fellow students.
Whilst studying at BNU you’ll also be given the opportunity to hear from external speakers who can provide you with a deeper understanding of the subject from their ‘real-life’ experience.
You’ll spend a significant amount of time on private study, researching and critically engaging with research and theory, as well as your own work. You’ll also participate in group assignments, discussions and presentations, a;; of which will provide you with useful transferrable skills for the future.
You’ll be assessed through a number of methods including poster presentations, essays and assignments, examinations, oral presentations, laboratory/research reports, reflective accounts and an empirical dissertation in your final year.
BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 96 - 120
GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4 or above. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Intro to Developmental and Social Psychology
Intro to Biological and Cognitive Psychology
Intro to Personality and Applying Psychology
Psychological Research Methods
Intro to Cross Disciplinary Psychology
Intro to Counselling Psychology
Approaches in Therapeutic Traditions
Year 2 Modules
Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology
Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology
Cognitive Processes in Psychology
Counselling Skills and the Therapeutic Process
Counselling Territories: Clients and Environment
Year 3 Modules
Investigative and Forensic Psychology (optional)
Business and Organisational Psychology (optional)
Professional Practice Issues in Counselling Psychology
Evolutionary Psychology (optional)
Historical and Conceptual Issues in Psychology
Exceptional Human Experience (optional)
Educational Psychology (optional)
Critical Social Psychology
Issues in Personality and Individual Differences
How much does it cost
Home and EU
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022
£4,900 per year
What are my career prospects?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
Our BSc (Hons) Counselling Psychology course will open up a range of career options to you. You may also choose to progress to one of our postgraduate degree programmes like MSc Applied Positive Psychology, MSc Psychosocial Interventions, or MSc Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.