Information for Single Honours BSc Psychology with Counselling


Hi and a very warm welcome to the Single Honours BSc Psychology with Counselling course. The psychology teaching team and I intend that the next three years will be full of discovery and excitement as you read and learn about a range of ideas, theories and research across the disciplines of Psychology and Counselling. Whether you are new to Keele or progressing from Foundation Year, it’s great that you are considering joining the Keele Psychology community!

Dr Richard Stephens, Course Director



Michael Batterley, BSc Psychology with Counselling

""During the course I have learnt how to plan and conduct research which has been crucial for me as it has given me the necessary skills to co-author and publish my own research paper.""

Michael Batterley, BSc Psychology with Counselling

Read more about Michael Batterley, BSc Psychology with Counselling

The study of psychology, which offers an evidence-based approach to understanding why humans feel, think and act the way they do, has strong links with the study of counselling skills, which adds specific theories about distress and also a focus on developing listening and helping skills. This course integrates the study of Psychology and Counselling providing students with the skills and knowledge to follow careers aimed at helping people. This course broadly follows the Single Honours Psychology modular structure  with additional modules focusing on counselling theories, skills and personal development, delivered by School of Psychology staff with expertise in Counselling and Counselling Psychology. The psychological content of the course will develop your critical thinking and research skills with an emphasis on how psychology impacts on everyday life. You will learn how to design and conduct your own psychological studies in our well-equipped labs using a range of quantitative and qualitative techniques. Our students graduate ready to use their psychology skills and knowledge to make a real difference. The Counselling element of the course guides you in exploring concepts and debates in counselling, as well as developing practical skills in effective listening, communication, self-reflection and the theory of person-centred counselling. This course is British Psychological Society accredited, such that it is recognised as a Psychology BSc necessary when applying for postgraduate or employment opportunities in Psychology.


Your course consists of a combination of compulsory and optional modules. Please see the course page for Year 1, 2 and 3 modules. You can view module descriptors, via the module selector, to give you further insight into the module content. Around half of modules are shared with students on other BSc Psychology routes. However, as a Single Honours BSc Psychology with Counselling student, you have the chance to study a number of exclusive modules not available to students on other Psychology courses.

Please note that staffing changes may lead to modules being removed or replaced.

Your degree course comprises 360 credits overall and each module is worth 15 credits (apart from the year-long Final Year Project 30-credit module).

Your personal tutor can help you decide which modules to choose.

Teaching and assessment 

Teaching is by a combination of lectures, practical classes, and seminars, supplemented by individual meetings and supervision. You should, of course, attend all classes, meet all deadlines for coursework and attend scheduled examinations. Note that registers of attendance are used for many classes. 

The programme is assessed through a range of formats including: 

  • formative and summative assessment
  • essays 
  • laboratory reports (individual or group)
  • personal blogs 
  • exams 
  • presentations 
  • journal article critique
  • multiple choice exams 
  • coursework 

Coursework is generally submitted electronically.Most coursework receives a mark out of 100. A mark of 70 or above is First Class, 60-69 is Upper Second Class, 50-59 is Lower Second Class, 40-49 is Third Class and a mark below is 40 is deemed to be a fail. Here’s some advice – when marked work is returned try not to focus solely on the mark, but instead read the written feedback from your marker. This is a key element of university teaching, shaping student work towards a professional ideal. It will congratulate on what you did well and offer concrete advice on how the work could be improved. Our external examiners regularly comment on the depth and helpfulness of the feedback our staff provide on student work. It is something that all staff take very seriously.

Please view our Psychology Undergraduate 2020 brochure‌.