Induction 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 to have you with us!

Dr Richard Stephens, Course Director



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.

List of Modules

Your course consists of a combination of compulsory and optional modules. Use this link to choose what option modules you’d like to study. You may also use the link to change elective modules up to three weeks after they have begun. 

Here is a list of the compulsory and option modules that you will be studying. 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. We will keep you updated via announcements in class and by email.

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. Drop them an email to arrange a meeting.

Course details

For detailed information of this course, including the course aims, principles of programme design, what you will learn, details on how the course is taught and assessed, the course structure including a list of modules at each level, contact time and expected workload, teaching staff, learning resources, available support for students, accreditation, regulations, additional costs to expect, quality management and credits needed to be earned for final and intermediate awards, please see the Programme Specification document here.