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BSc (Hons) Psychology (Counselling)

Learn how to help people live happier, healthier lives – study psychology.

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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.

The industry

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.

The programme

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.

Next steps

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.

Have you got a question about applying?

Email: ask@solent.ac.uk

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UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 3 Years Standard entry C8B9

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
280 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
112 UCAS Tariff points

 

 

 

Year one:

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Core units

  • Applied Psychology
  • Foundations in Psychology
  • Method and Analysis in Psychology
  • Psychological Investigations
  • Investigations in Counselling Psychology

Options

  • Psychological Inquiry
  • Psychology in the Workplace

Year two:

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Core units

  • Biological Psychology
  • Social Psychology in Action
  • Real-World Cognition
  • Exploring Human Development
  • Psychological Research in Action
  • The Practice of Research in Counselling Psychology

Year three:

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Core units

  • Personality and Individual Differences
  • Counselling Psychology Research Project

Options

  • Perspectives on Mental Health
  • Counselling: Application and Practice
  • The Psychology of Crime
  • Child Development and Education
  • Advanced Issues in Education
  • Health Psychology: Treatment Issues and Healthcare
  • Health Psychology: Promoting Healthy Behaviour
  • Positive Psychology
  • Occupational Psychology in the Workplace
  • Career Decision-Making and Employment Strategies
  • Psychology in Sport
  • Debates in Psychology
  • Advanced Statistical Analysis 
  • The Extended Essay
  • The Psychology of Intimate Relationships 
  • Spaces and Places
  • Cyber Psychology 
  • Health; Biopsychosocial Approaches 
  • Applied Qualitative Research
  • Psychology Placement
  • Psychology and Technology
  • Curriculum Plus

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course is taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and practical/laboratory classes, including both individual and group work. You will also have regular individual supervision for your final-year project.

Work experience
You can gain valuable work experience with local organisations that have links with the course team, for example, by assisting with drink awareness or ‘stop smoking’ projects. You can also assist staff on current research projects; past projects have included research into the role of attachment styles in care-giving interactions, and examining how students cope with personal problems.

Assessment
Essays, practical written reports, group and individual presentations, time-limited assignments, exams and a final-year project.

Our facilities

Solent’s modern facilities includes dedicated observation, cognitive, psychophysiology and computer laboratories, experimental cubicles, specialist psychophysiological recording equipment and eye-tracking facilities.

Study abroad

You'll have the opportunity to spend between three months and a year of your course studying abroad at one of our EU partner universities, as part of the Erasmus programme.

For more information, see www.solent.ac.uk/exchange

If you're a non-UK student studying at an EU university, the Erasmus programme gives you the chance to come to the UK and study counselling and psychology units at Solent for between three months and a full academic year.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

Meet the Team

The course team has a wide range of professional expertise and experience undertaking both research and applied consultancy projects, with varied interests including forensic psychology, sports performance, psychological wellbeing, adolescent attitudes to alcohol, behavioural interventions for autism, the impact of hearing impairment in the classroom, parent–child and romantic relationships, spatial cognition, learning and memory.

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 3 Years Standard entry C8B9

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society, making you eligible for Graduate Membership with the Graduate Basis for Chartership (provided that second-class honours are achieved) – the first step to becoming a chartered psychologist.

When you graduate you’ll be ready to pursue a professional career in counselling psychology. This career path requires further postgraduate training and supervision, approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.

Links with industry 

We place a strong emphasis on applied psychology and real-world issues, and the team can support you in finding potential work experience opportunities with organisations such as local branches of the NHS.

Guest lecturers provide up-to-date insight into specialist aspects of psychology, with previous speakers including Dr Áine Fulcher (clinical psychologist, Solent NHS).

Students are also encouraged to present their final-year projects nationally, and previous students have presented at the British Psychology Society annual conferences in London (2012) and Stratford-upon-Avon (2009), as well as at the International Association of Relationship Research Biannual Conference, Chicago (2012).

Transferable skills

You’ll develop your interpersonal and verbal communication skills through presentations, role-play, debates, interviews with participants and group work.

Research reports, projects and case studies will help develop your written communication skills, while data analysis – using complex, large-scale datasets and data collected in your independent research – will develop your analytical and numerical presentation skills.

Individual and group research projects will help develop your planning, problem-solving and time-management skills, and you’ll also develop your computer literacy through practical experience with popular word-processing, spreadsheet and statistical analysis software.

Further study

Graduates looking to practise as psychologists will require postgraduate training and supervision approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Recent graduates have gone on to postgraduate study and a range of roles, including:

  • Mental health support worker
  • Psychological wellbeing practitioner
  • Assistant psychologist
  • Therapeutic practitioner
  • Research assistant
  • Learning support worker
  • Probations service officer
  • Social work
  • NHS information analyst.

 

Key facts

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Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time

Accreditations: The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society and confers eligibility for Graduate Membership, with the Graduate Basis for Chartership (provided that a minimum second class honours is achieved).

Entry requirements

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UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

280 points (for 2016 entry) or 112 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • Including Grade C in A/AS-level psychology, if taken and Grade C in GCSE English and mathematics.
We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved

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Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

UK and EU part-time fees: £4,500 per year

International part-time fees: Please contact us for information

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

For more details, please visit: www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

 

How to apply

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Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Part-time and distance learning courses

Applications for part-time and distance learning courses are made directly to the University and can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. Please contact the admissions office for further details, contact details are at the top of the page. Print the application form below, complete and return to the admissions office, addresses are given on the form.

Part-time undergraduate study application form

Student support and services

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Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 3 Years Standard entry C8B9



 

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