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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

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points

A Criminal Record Bureau disclosure may be required for some modules

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Other information

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

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from   

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


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


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

Year 2


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


  • Evolution and Human Behaviour
  • Diversity and Inclusivity in Psychology

Year 3


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


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

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Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will learn how to:

  • Understand the historical and scientific origins and limitations of psychology as a discipline;
  • Use scientific and evidence-based reasoning to critically evaluate psychological arguments and develop their own perspective on psychological debates by the systematic analysis of multiple perspectives, their interrelationships, and their ethical and contextual underpinnings;
  • Show knowledge and critical understanding of how core areas within the discipline have conceptualised factors that influence psychological behaviours, experience and functioning;
  • Identify and evaluate, meaningfully, significant patterns, variability and diversity in the full range of psychological behaviour, experience and functioning;
  • Problem solve by developing and evaluating research questions;
  • Demonstrate substantial and competent research skills through the appropriate and critical use of research paradigms, and a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods and measurement techniques; including: statistical reasoning; comprehension and use of numerical and other data, including presenting and analysing complex data sets by a variety of methods;
  • Show knowledge of some of the cutting edge research in specialised and/or applied areas of psychology;
  • Initiate, design, conduct with appropriate supervision, and report an ethical empirical research project, and recognise it methodological and ethical limits;
  • Use effective and fluent written, oral and visual communication to convey ideas and research findings;
  • Learn independently through self-reflection, the evaluation of strengths and weaknesses, self-directed study, and self and task management to meet set objectives;
  • Demonstrate team working skills through awareness and sensitivity to the contextual and interpersonal features of group work;
  • Additional learning outcome for the Counselling Psychology pathway:
  • Synthesise and apply a range of interpersonal skills to establish a helping relationship whilst demonstrating awareness and sensitivity to contextual diversity issues;
  • Demonstrate an ability to reflect critically on one’s own interpersonal skills through self-awareness and the awareness of others;
  • Review and evaluate the application of psychology to the practice of counselling.

Teaching approach:

  • Lectures; seminars; practical workshops, project work, academic tutorials, directed study, computer workshops, independent learning and e-learning.
  • Each module has a dedicated virtual learning page as part of the virtual learning environment (Blackboard), giving access to a range of resources including self-directed learning, assessment tasks, discussion boards and other learning materials.
  • Teaching involves large and small group sessions with the latter designed to help support your learning


Where could it take you?


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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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 no more than £9,250, subject to approval by Parliament.

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 no more than £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module, subject to approval by Parliament.

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.

Visit our Money Advice pages for information on how much you should budget for your course.


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, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £91 per week to the £149 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

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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.



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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  

Course leader

Daniel Farrelly
01905 54 2345