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About the course

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 course course is accredited by The British Psychological Society. The curriculum explores the scientific methods used to assess, understand and address various psychological issues - such as depression, psychosis and post-traumatic stress disorder - and the risk factors related to the development of psychopathological disorders.

Students build an understanding of counselling and psychotherapy theories, examining the latest advancements and techniques, and exploring the role of empathy, compassion and mindfulness in counselling.

As well as studying the core principles of the application of psychology within the context of counselling and mental health, students are able to specialise in their final year in fields such as behaviour change, applied psychopathology, CBT and mindfulness-based approaches, and psychology and technology.

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You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
This course has been accredited by a professional body.
Professional accreditation
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies

Psychology students have access to the University’s industry-standard facilities, including experimental cubicles, specialist psychophysiological recording equipment and eye-tracking facilities.

What does this course lead to?

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; probation service officer; social work; and NHS information analyst.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideally suited to those who wish to pursue a career in clinical or counselling psychology, mental health support or psychological wellbeing.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2021/22 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Compulsory costs
Lab coat: £TBC

Bursaries and scholarships

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

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 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. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

104-120  UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D or equivalent, which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 104 UCAS points.
  • Grade 4 in GCSE English and mathematics (previously grade C).
  • Alternative entry is available through the Social Sciences Foundation Year.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement

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 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each component
  • 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.

Pre-Sessional English programme

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.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 023 8201 5066

How to apply

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:

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 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 the end of June. The UCAS code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
Full-time 3 years Apply

Social Sciences Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time 4 years Apply
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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Exploring Psychology
    On this module you’ll learn about how Psychology has developed as a scientific discipline and take a critical look at some of the key areas of Psychological research.
  • Psychology across the Lifespan
    This module will present a lifespan development perspective covering relevant theories, issues and methodologies both historical and contemporary. Specific topics will reflect recent research.
  • Quantitative Data Analysis
    On this module you’ll learn about quantitative approaches to analysing psychological data. You’ll consider who/what the data relates to (sampling), how the data is obtained (design and methodology) and what data is collected (measurement).
  • Qualitative Psychology
    On this module You’ll learn about the concepts that lie at the heart of QP to understand key assumptions and approaches. We’ll look at what QP is and what methodologies are categorised as ‘qualitative’.
  • Debates in Psychology
    On this module you’ll learn issues of key topical and historical debates within psychology by considering findings from empirical research.
  • Applications of Psychology
    On this module, you’ll develop an understanding of the main psychology careers – for example; Clinical and Counselling Psychology, Educational Psychology, Health and Sport Psychology and Forensic Psychology.

Year two

Core modules
  • Brain and Behaviour
    On this module, you’ll gain an overview of brain anatomy and how processes are localised to different areas or structures. You’ll also learn about the way that our nervous system is structured.
  • The Social Individual
    On this module You’ll explore individual differences within social psychological phenomena and consider the extent to which personality may affect and be affected by social situations and social behaviour.

  • Psychological Research
    This module develops your understanding of theoretical and practical issues concerned with psychological research and will enable you to advance the skills required for the conduct of investigations and the presentation of findings.
  • Psychological Research in Action
    On this module you’ll learn the final batch of analytical methods in the Methods-based element and you’ll be able to identify and progress through the various stages in the Report- based element.

  • Psychological wellbeing
    On this module you’ll understand what psychologists mean by ‘psychological wellbeing’ and how this is explained in psychological models.
  • Counselling: Application and Practice
    On this module, you'll learn about a range of therapeutic approaches. This may potentially include: person centred psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy and others.

Year three

Core modules
  • Counselling Psychology Research Project 
    This module allows you to independently conduct and write up a piece of psychological research. This will require you to research an area of psychology of your own choosing.

  • The Professional Self in Therapeutic Settings
    On this module you’ll adopt the role of a practitioner by applying theory and research to a case study in an area that you are interested in.
  • Issues in Mental Health
    On this module you’ll get to learn about a range of mental health problems. You will explore assessment, risk factors and treatment strategies for a range of conditions including depression, anxiety disorders and trauma.


  • Behaviour Change for Health and Wellbeing
    On this module You’ll earn some of the theories behind behaviour change and will evaluate and apply these theories to real life issues related to health and wellbeing.

  • Advanced Analytical methods
    The module will introduce a range of advanced techniques that have not been previously covered in other modules.
  • Psychology Placement
    This module will help you to continue your development as a reflective practitioner by identifying and reflecting on your skill development during a work placement.
  • Extended Essay
    This module allows you to engage in, plan, implement and conduct a substantial inquiry into a particular topic of interest within the field of psychology.

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

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

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Brian Wink academic profile Brian Wink Head of Subject View profile
Imogen Tijou academic profile Imogen Tijou Senior Lecturer View profile
Rhodri Davies academic profile Rhodri Davies Senior Lecturer View profile
Mei Mason-Li academic profile Mei Mason-Li Senior Lecturer View profile
Daniel Connolly academic profile Daniel Connolly Senior Lecturer View profile
Karen Burnell academic profile Karen Burnell Senior Lecturer View profile
Lara Webber academic profile Lara Webber Senior Lecturer View profile
Greg Neil academic profile Greg Neil Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Students on this degree have full access to our range of specialist facilities, including experimental cubicles, specialist psychophysiological recording equipment and eye-tracking facilities. We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Students are taught by a dedicated course team with extensive professional experience and good links with industry. Students complete a research project in their final year and also undertake a work placement helping to gain valuable first-hand practical experience. 

Your future

The course has a strong focus on employability and students have the opportunity to carry out a work placement in their final year, helping to gain vital practical experience and increasing industry connections.

The course provides an excellent starting point for further specialist training in clinical or counselling psychology, mental health support or psychological wellbeing. It can lead directly onto postgraduate training if students wish to work towards registered or chartered status as a psychologist.

Industry links

Students have opportunities to present at and attend psychology conferences. Charities and private companies provide live briefs and mentoring for specific units.

Recent guest speakers have included a sleep laboratory researcher, police advocates, practicing counsellors, and a specialist reading intervention teacher.


Students have the option of a work-based learning unit for one semester, drawing on their own work placement.

There is a strong focus on the real-world applications of learning. Practical role-play sessions enable you to put your counselling skills to the test and you’ll also have the chance to complete a work placement in a setting such as a mental health charity.

Further study

After studying this course you may have the opportunity to study further on the following courses:

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