BSc Hons Psychology, Psychotherapy and CounsellingDegree • Level 6
About the course
Psychology is a core component of psychotherapy and counselling. The BSc (Hons) Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling degree offers you the chance to learn about the interaction between these disciplines, gaining an appreciation of the diversity of perspectives involved, along with and understanding of their therapeutic use. Our approachable and enthusiastic tutors will guide you as you develop knowledge of the theories, methods and debates central to the three core elements. You will be supported to explore psychology, gain specific counselling skills, and consider broader social issues that impact on the roles of psychotherapist and counsellor, such as assumptions, stereotyping, diversity and prejudice. You will develop knowledge and skills in the use of psychological research methods, and have an appreciation of the ethical issues involved. Inter-personal and transferable skills a are also vital, so you will be challenged to develop sought after communication, problem solving, numerical, analytical, self-management skills and more. Overall, our dedicated team are focused on helping you gain the skills employers’ value along with a detailed understanding of psychology, counselling and psychotherapy.
Type of LearningUniversity Study
Study ModeFull Time
Awarded ByUniversity of Bolton
Years 1, 2 and 3 (delivered at Burnley College): The standard full time tuition fee rate per year for this course in 2020/21 for UK students is £9000
Modules include • Introduction to Counselling Concepts • Cognitive and Biopsychological Perspectives • Exploring Psychology I • Applied Psychology • Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology • Understanding the Person • Counselling Skills • Research Methods in Psychology • Personality and Developmental Psychology • Cognitive Psychology • Biopsychology • Social and Critical Psychology • Counselling Skills • The Therapeutic Process • Abnormal Psychology • Psychology of Loss and Trauma • Dissertation.
Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling tutors promote the transfer of learning between academic theory and work based learning. Teaching and learning methods are varied including individual study, lectures, group activities, speakers and on line learning. Guest lectures and presentations by a variety of visiting speakers from relevant employment areas will offer you the chance to further develop your knowledge and understanding. Assessment methods are varied and include exams, presentations, essays, practical reports and portfolios.
Careers & Progression
Psychology, psychotherapy and counselling is an ideal combination of subjects for those who are seeking a career helping people or those who want to undertake further training in counselling psychology, psychotherapy, or other applied psychology professions. On completing the course, you’ll be able to demonstrate graduate skills such as problem solving, critical evaluation and independence of thought, deductive reasoning, interpersonal awareness and excellent team work and communication skills. Graduates tend to work in a wide variety of settings, and in recent years, there has been a rapid expansion in the application of counselling skills in all aspects of everyday life. This has led to roles in numerous organisations which include the NHS, police service, prison service, secondary schools, further and higher education, mental health, civil service and social work departments. Employment in these roles often involves working with adults and/or children and young people dealing with issues such as relationship difficulties, anxiety, bereavement and mental health problems. Some of the more obvious job roles include clinical psychologist, educational psychologist, teacher, mental health worker, social worker, police officer and counsellor. For some of these roles, both relevant experience and postgraduate study is required.