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BSc (Hons)Psychology with Counselling and Mental Health

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UCAS code: CC88
Institution code: S30
Campus: Southampton City CentreView on Google Maps

Why study a psychology with counselling and mental health degree at Solent University

Combine your skills in psychology and counselling to influence behaviour change and recovery on our BPS accredited degree.

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  • Develop a strong grounding in psychology, while also building the knowledge to pursue high-level study in the areas of counselling, mental health support and mental well-being.
  • Opportunity to gain L2 and L3 Counselling Skills certificates - external qualifications that are embedded within this course.
  • Access our range of specialist facilities, including experimental cubicles, psychophysiological recording equipment, eye-tracking facilities and psychology labs.
  • Our academic team has vast industry and teaching experience. And our close industry links and guest lectures mean that your teaching will always be guided by research, and real-world knowledge.
  • You will have the chance to present at psychology conferences. Charities and private companies provide live briefs and mentoring for specific course modules.
  • This degree prepares you for a wide range of careers in mental health support, therapy, counselling, social work, research and criminal justice.
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Course overview

This 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.

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.

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Accredited by:

The British Psychological Society - accredited undergraduate psychology

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Course features

  • Professional membership

    You have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership as part of this degree

  • Foundation year available

    If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years

  • Specialist facilities

    This course has access to specialist facilities

  • Further studies

    After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent

  • Study abroad

    You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course

Who is this course is 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.

What does this course lead to?

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.

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Meet the team

The course team 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.

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.

Our vibrant campus brings state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning and elevate your student experience. Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces. Away from studying, why not try out the gyms, fitness studios and sports halls in our £28 million Sports Complex, or watch a blockbuster film at our student-run cinema with Dolby Atmos audio.

    International opportunities

    Broaden your horizons by adding an international dimension to your CV – essential to achieving success in today’s fast-changing, global environment.

    Studying, working or volunteering in another country could be the experience of a lifetime. Enhance your degree by developing important global skills such as knowledge of other countries, language skills, intercultural awareness, adaptability and confidence.

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