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The BSc Psychology with Counselling (with integrated year in industry) degree at Aberystwyth University combines the study of core psychological knowledge with the academic foundations of counselling. On this course, you will be introduced to a range of therapeutic approaches and techniques, including person-centred, cognitive-behavioural and psychodynamic approaches to counselling. You will take a hands-on, reflective approach to your learning and development. You will develop practical research skills, including qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, and specialist counselling-related skills, which you will develop through practical sessions, role play and one-to-one supervision across the scheme. Your industrial year will enable you to gain valuable experience in the workplace, putting your theoretical learning into practice.
Our ethos is to teach in a way which enables you to develop conceptual and theoretical knowledge to solve problems in real-world scenarios. During the course, you will explore and learn about human development and the intricacies of what makes us humans tick and how we navigate the complex internal and external environment as well as the foundations and fundamentals of counselling.
At Aberystwyth, we offer a wide range of modules that allow you to explore the varied aspects of Psychology and counselling. Students on our Psychology and Counselling degree have access to exciting research tools to understand brain and cognitive activity as well as behavioural measurements equipment.
Students on our Psychology and Counselling course will be joining one of the largest departments in the university. The Department of Psychology consistently ranks in the top 10 in the UK (United Kingdom) for student satisfaction and teaching quality. The Department prides itself on the high level of academic and pastoral support led by the academic team which ensures that you succeed in your studies and have the best university experience.
Department of Psychology’s teaching staff are all research active and all permanent staff are qualified to PhD level with most having either a PGCTHE or are fellows/senior fellow of the higher education academy. Over half of the staff also have the qualification CPsychol; an indicator of the BPS’ highest standard of psychological knowledge and expertise.
Modules September start - 2024
Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.
|Brain, Behaviour and Cognition
|Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology
|Designing Psychological Research Projects
|Foundations of Counselling: Skills & Theory 1
|Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology *
|Introduction to core topics in Social and Individual Behaviour
|Personal Development and Organisational Behaviour
|Foundations of Counselling II: Further Skills and Theory
|Issues in Clinical Psychology
|Qualitative Research Methods
|Quantitative Research Methods *
|Counselling Research Project *
|21st Century Self: Critical and Constructionist Approaches to Contemporary Personhood
|Child Language: Development and Assessment
|Drugs and Behaviour
|Psychology Critical Review
|Psychology in Practice
|Psychology of Humour
|Sex and relationships in psychotherapeutic practice
* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh
The BSc Psychology with Counselling (with integrated year in industry) is an excellent foundation if you are considering a career in the social care or helping professions. The BPS accreditation will enable access to postgraduate and professional training in clinical and counselling psychology.
We have embedded employability throughout this course, and we have a large number of opportunities that enable students to develop the transferrable skills needed to build a CV for a potential career in a psychology or non-psychology setting.
Graduates on our BSc Psychology and Counselling degree have pursued careers in clinical and education psychology, healthcare, human resources and marketing and public relations. Your Psychology degree will equip you with the most transferable skills that employers seek, these skills include: effective research and data analysis; effective problem-solving; ability to work independently and as part of team; ability to communicate effectively and concisely and information technology skills.
Teaching & Learning
What will I learn?
Psychology is a multifaceted discipline and the structure of our degree and how you are taught reflects this. Our ethos is to teach in a way which enables you to develop conceptual and theoretical knowledge that you can apply to solve problems in real world scenarios. To support you in this, your British Psychological Society accredited degree is built around essential core topics in psychology, which serve as the basis for the varied and specialised optional modules we offer in the second and final year.
During your first year, you will:
Begin to transform yourself into a psychologist, by developing core knowledge in areas such as social and individual behaviour, Brain and cognition and historical issues in psychology; start to develop a wide range of skills by using methods and techniques that will enable you to investigate psychological phenomena.
In your second and final year, you will:
Shape your degree by choosing from our distinctive range of optional modules. This will give you the opportunity to create your own personalised path through your degree; apply skills learnt throughout your degree by constructing your own research dissertation, built around your personal ideas and interests within a psychological context.
Your third year will be spent in an appropriate organisation, applying the skills and knowledge you have acquired in the workplace.
How will I be taught?
Your academic and intellectual development are at the heart of the Aberystwyth Psychology experience. Our staff are committed to a student-focused approach to teaching, making your learning needs a priority in both what we teach and how we teach you. When you join us, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will support you throughout your degree and is there to advise and guide you on a range of academic and personal matters.
From traditional lectures to small group work, we deliver inspirational teaching through a wide variety of different formats. You will also get to apply your knowledge in lab-based workshops and practicals, where you will be able to benefit from our wide range of specialists research equipment and facilities. Your development will be assessed in a broad variety of ways including; traditional exams, essays, wikis, blogs, observations, and presentations.
At Aberystwyth you can be confident that you will receive the best learning experience at the very forefront of the discipline.
Typical Entry Requirements
UCAS Tariff 120 - 96
A Levels BBB-CCC
GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh and Mathematics
BTEC National Diploma:
English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.
Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.
The University welcomes undergraduate applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma or T-level qualifications, provided that relevant subject content and learning outcomes are met. We are not able to accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas or T-levels as a general qualification for every undergraduate degree course.
Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits and offers can vary. If you would like to check the eligibility of your qualifications before submitting an application, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for advice and guidance.