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What makes Counselling Psychology at Worcester special?

Counselling psychologists play a vital role in society, helping people to navigate an increasingly complex and fast-paced world and empowering them to find their own path through life’s tangled terrain.

Counselling Psychology is an amalgamation of psychological theory, research and therapeutic practice. This course will provide you with an understanding of the core principles of psychology, with an added emphasis on how theories of personality and relationship formation underpin our understanding of mental health and counselling. You will also explore questions of how to communicate effectively, and negotiate the professional and ethical issues that arise when practicing counselling.

Key features

  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), giving you the opportunity to gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) - the first step to a career as a psychologist
  • The course is structured to allow you to study core psychological principles, alongside specialist counselling psychology modules, giving you the flexibility to keep your options open and choose the path that best matches your interests as they develop
  • Excellent facilities including a new psychology computer suite and state of the art eye tracking technology
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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

112

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points

A Criminal Record Bureau disclosure may be required for some modules

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com   

The course has enabled me to develop confidence and self awareness, both of which are crucial in using counseling skills, and working with people in different settings. I enjoyed learning how key theorists have influenced how counsellors with with clients

Gwen Cooper, Counselling Psychology BSc (Hons)

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Psychological Research Methods 1
  • Introduction to Counselling Psychology

Optional

  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • Introduction to Clinical Psychology

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Psychological Research Methods 2
  • Individual Differences

Optional    

  • Evolution and Human Behaviour
  • Diversity and Inclusivity in Psychology

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Psychology Research Project
  • Professional and Ethical Issues in Counselling
  • Interpersonal Communication Processes and Skills

Optional       

  • Forensic Psychology
  • Business Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Coaching Psychology
  • Counselling Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Applied Sports Psychology

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Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

We enable you to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. 

A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of interactive teaching methods, including face to face teaching and online mechanisms for teaching delivery. These include interactive lectures, seminars, tutorials and a virtual learning environment. These different teaching methods are designed to enable the application of learning through activities and discussion, working independently and in groups.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions per year of a course.

You have an opportunity to undertake a semester long study abroad in one of many partner universities.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 10-12 hours of timetabled face to face teaching, plus online directed study activities and optional tutorials.  The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study.

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • 8 hours of Lectures
  • 2-4 hours of Seminars

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 30 hours of personal self-study per week.  Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes principal lecturers, senior academics, HCPC registered professional practitioners with clinical experience, and psychology technicians.

Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader.  Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and 93 per cent of teaching staff in the Psychology Department have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.  Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade. 

The specific assessment strategies used in Psychology are designed to develop skills and knowledge in Psychology and provide evidence of your progress and achievement throughout the course.  They also play an important role in helping to develop your employability skills and so prepare you for a range of careers.  For example, your literacy skills are developed and assessed through assignments such as essays, literature reviews and critical reviews of journal papers; numeracy and problem solving skills are developed and assessed through the analysis of data sets; assessments using poster and power point presentations, enhance your communication skills and the use of group  assessments helps you develop team working and leadership skills.  You will also have an opportunity to demonstrate independence in a sustained piece of work through the completion of the Psychology Research Project.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1
Essay X 1
1 hour MCQ Exam X 2
1 hour Short Answer Exam X 1
Research Methods Portfolios X 2
Research Report X 1
Case Study X 1
Group Video Presentation X 1
Individual Reflection X 1
Group Poster Presentation X 1 

Year 2
Research report x3
Exam x4
Essay x2
Presentation x1
Research proposal x1
Literature review x1

Year 3
Research Report X 1
Reflective Log X 1
Case Study X 3
Exam X 3
Presentation X 3
Literature Review X 2
Podcast X 1
Essay x 3
Psychology Research Project X 1

Feedback

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

This course will provide you with the foundations to pursue further professional training towards becoming a Chartered Counselling or Clinical Psychologist. Other possible psychology-related postgraduate professional training programmes might include those leading to psychology careers in education, health, academia, sport and forensics.

The acquisition of psychological theory and knowledge alongside the communication skills gained would place graduates at a distinct advantage in a variety of professions, particularly in health-related disciplines.

A degree in Psychology is highly favoured by employers, giving you an excellent advantage in the job market. During your studies with us you will learn new skills, develop existing expertise, study a wide range of approaches and metodologies and leave with a broader range of knowledge, skills and abilities. An important part of this learning process is the ability to reflect upon your own experiences; an aspect of practice engaged in by all professional psychologists. We will help you to develop these skills through the Academic Tutoring system; you will be provided with an Understanding Skill & Professionalism booklet, which you will use both as a record of your learning and a tool for self-reflection.

Please note that, at this level, students will not practice formal counselling skills, but successful completion of the degree could lead to further training to become a Counselling Psychologist.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be £9,250.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £153 per week.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

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Apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Counselling Psychology BSc (Hons) C843 BSc/CP

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS CODE:

C843

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk  

Course leader

Daniel Farrelly
01905 54 2345
d.farrelly@worc.ac.uk