Fascinated by psychology? Hoping to pursue a career in counselling after graduation? This specialist degree can help you to develop a strong grounding in psychology (the scientific study of mind and behaviour) while at the same time building the foundation of knowledge required to pursue high-level study in the areas of counselling, mental health support and mental wellbeing. This programme covers key psychological topics including behavioural neuroscience, cognitive psychology, social interaction, individual differences and human development.
- This course is well suited to those who are hoping to pursue a career in counselling.
- Psychology at Southampton Solent is accredited by the British Psychological Society.
- The course is delivered by an experienced team with backgrounds in psychological practice, academic research and social support.
- Past students have benefited from regular guest lectures delivered by industry experts.
- Students may have the opportunity to present research at national and international conferences.
- Solent’s modern facilities include dedicated observation, cognition and psycho-physiology laboratories, as well as a range of experiment cubicles.
- The course team encourage students to pursue valuable work experience throughout their studies.
- Solent prides itself on the comprehensive support offered to students.
If you want to become a counsellor or social worker, this degree serves as an ideal foundation for further high-level study. It is also suitable for those who are interested in associated occupations, including applied and research-based social or personal improvement roles. Psychology is also prominent in businesses, in the classroom, and throughout the public sector. Recent graduates include an assistant psychologist, a therapeutic practitioner, and an NHS information analyst.
Despite the flexibility, this degree is specifically designed to be an entry point for a career in counselling. The course doesn’t provide formal training in counselling skills, but does provide an introduction to the psychology that underpins counselling and the scientific methods used to understand and address various psychological issues.
Psychological study at Solent starts with our programme of lectures and guest speakers. Past students have benefitted from talks delivered by various healthcare professionals and psychology practitioners, giving detailed insight into the industry and the careers it offers. Previous speakers include Dr Áine Fulcher, a clinical psychologist from the Solent NHS.
Another important element of the programme is our accreditation from the British Psychological Society (BPS). This accreditation shows potential employers that the course is dedicated to promoting excellence in psychology.
The BPS can also offer students support throughout their degree, offering the chance to speak at their annual conference and take part in society events. The accreditation also means that students are eligible for Graduate Membership with the Graduate Basis for Chartership (provided that second-class honours are achieved). This is the first step to becoming a chartered psychologist.
Learning is also supported by our purpose built labs, which allow students to collect data from human participants using the same resources as professional psychologists. These facilities include the psycho-physiology laboratory, the observation laboratory, and the cognitive psychology laboratory.
Students can use these facilities to carry out cognitive and psycho-physiological investigations. For example, the sophisticated eye tracker can trace eye positions on a computer screen while our Biopac programme measures participant’s physiological reactions certain stimulus. Collecting a wide range of data using these resources gives students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of psychological methods and analysis, as well as helping them to gain first-hand experience of complex psychological research.
Past students have been given the opportunity to take on work experience, assisting with local initiatives including drink awareness and ‘stop smoking’ projects. Students have also assisted staff on research projects, looking at the impact of parenting styles on development and the role that social networks play in health and wellbeing.
The course team themselves have a wide range of professional expertise and experience, undertaking both research and applied consultancy projects throughout their careers. Their interests include forensic psychology, sports performance, psychological wellbeing, adolescent attitudes to alcohol, behavioural interventions for autism, the impact of hearing impairment in the classroom, parent–child bonds and romantic relationships.
Think you’d like to learn more about becoming a councillor? With industry accreditation, first-class facilities and an experienced course team, Southampton Solent University’s psychology and counselling programme is a great way to take your first steps into the industry.