BSc

Psychology with Counselling

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Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), our BSc Psychology with Counselling degree at Aberystwyth University combines the study of core psychological knowledge with the academic foundations of counselling. On our course, you will be introduced to a range of therapeutic approaches and techniques, including person-centred, cognitive-behavioural and psychodynamic approaches to counselling. As a student on this course, 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. 

Modules September start - 2023

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.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Behavioural Neuroscience PS32120 20
Counselling Research Project PS33240 40
Developmental Psychology PS34320 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
21st Century Self: Critical and Constructionist Approaches to Contemporary Personhood PS31720 20
Drugs and Behaviour PS30820 20
Psychology Critical Review PS31520 20
Sex and relationships in psychotherapeutic practice PS32320 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

About this course

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 three-year 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. 

Careers

Our BSc Psychology with Counselling 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 employs 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 third 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. 

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:
DDM-MMM

International Baccalaureate:
30-26

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

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.

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