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BSc (Hons) Psychology with Counselling and Mental Health

20222023
UCAS Code:
PCM3
Institution code: S30
UCAS Points:
48
Campus:
Southampton City Centre
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Want to explore psychology but not quite ready to study at degree level? Studying a foundation will mean you'll study a range of topics that are central or highly relevant to the study of the social sciences. You’ll explore areas such as mental health and wellbeing, contemporary issues in social sciences, and professional practice to help prepare for undergraduate study on the BSc (Hons) Psychology with Counselling and Mental Health degree.

The course has an applied focus – students are encouraged and enabled to apply their theoretical knowledge to real world problems, such as mental health, psychological wellbeing and everyday problem-solving.

During the foundation year, you’ll begin to develop the academic writing and independent learning skills necessary to study a scientific discipline. You’ll also begin to learn the basics of thinking and writing in social sciences.

On successful completion of the foundation year, you'll be eligible to progress onto the specialist psychology (counselling and mental health) degree, which 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 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.

This video 'Why study Psychology' is available as a text transcript, with a description of visuals.

Why choose this course?

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

Who is this course for?

The foundation year is specifically designed for those wanting to study social sciences but who do not meet the entry requirements. It is also suitable for those who wish to refresh their academic skills and subject specific knowledge before starting the BSc (Hons) Psychology with Counselling and Mental Health degree.

The degree 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?

Studying the foundation degree can help you on to the path of studying the full BSc (Hons) Psychology with Counselling and Mental Health degree.

The degree 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.

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.

Facilities

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.


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