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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 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.

Our existing psychology courses are all accredited by the British Psychological Society. We will be applying for accreditation on this brand new BSc (Hons) degree in due course.

Study abroad Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities Further studies Flexible learning

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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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry CC88
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2017/2018 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees:£9,250 per year

Whilst these inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval.

The international tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year are:
International full-time fees: £11,000 per year 

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton 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.


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Key entry requirements

112 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.
  • 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.


Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

ask@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 3039

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: 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.

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Exploring Psychology
  • Psychology across the Lifespan
  • Methods and Analysis in Psychology
  • Psychology in the Real-World
  • Debates in Psychology
  • Applications of Psychology

Year two

Core units
  • Brain and Behaviour
  • The Social Individual 
  • Psychological Research
  • Psychological Research in Action
  • Psychological wellbeing
  • Counselling: Application and Practice

Year three

Core units
  • Counselling Psychology Research Project 
  • Developing Professional Practice in Counselling Psychology

Options

  • CBT & Mindfulness-based approaches
  • Behaviour Change for Health and Wellbeing
  • Advanced Analytical methods
  • Issues and Controversies in Psychology
  • Issues in Education
  • Psychology Placement
  • Extended Essay
  • Applied Psychopathology
  • Psychology and Technology

Support

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 Course Leader View profile
Rhodri Davies academic profile Rhodri Davies Senior Lecturer View profile
Mei Mason-Li academic profile Mei Mason-Li Senior Lecturer View profile
Lin Bailey academic profile Lin Bailey Senior Lecturer View profile
Daniel Connolly academic profile Daniel Connolly Senior Lecturer View profile
Pamela Pourzanjani academic profile Pamela Pourzanjani Senior Lecturer View profile
Greg Neil academic profile Greg Neil Lecturer View profile
Lara Webber academic profile Lara Webber Lecturer View profile
Zoe Wimshurst academic profile Zoe Wimshurst Lecturer View profile
Mark Doyle academic profile Mark Doyle 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.

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. 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.

Placements

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.

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