Psychology with Counselling 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

The study of psychology which explores 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 help and development in listening and helping skills.

Single Honours
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3 years

UCAS code: C8B9

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Course Overview

Psychology with Counselling

School link:
School of Psychology

Psychology will teach you how to design and conduct your own psychological studies in our well-equipped labs using a range of quantitative and qualitative techniques. This will fit well with exploring concepts and debates in counselling, as well as honing some practical skills in effective listening and communication. On this programme you will learn to reflect broadly on situations and to contextually apply what you know.

What will this mean for my future?

Keele enjoys high rates of graduate employment, where in 2016, were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. The programme is accredited by the British Psychology Society. Please note the course is not a practising qualification in its own right, but the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist and a requirement for further study and training for careers in psychology or counselling. These could include working as a counsellor, psychotherapist, or as a clinical, counselling, educational, forensic, occupational or sports psychologist. You will be equally well placed to pursue a career in counselling, either employed or self-employed.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Individuals and Society
  • Research methods 1 & 2
  • Understanding Self and Others Better
  • Biological & Cognitive Psychology
  • Distress and Mental Health

Second year

  • Developmental & Social Psychology
  • Survey & Qualitative Research Methods
  • Biological Psychology, Perception & Cognition
  • Cognitive & Biological Research Methods
  • Core Counselling Competences

Third year

  • Psychology Project
  • Personal Development and Professional Issues
  • Individual Differences and Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

A summary of the credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year.

 

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

120

0

0

0

0

2

105

0

15

0

15

3

105

15

15

0

0

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Introduction to Social and Developmental Psychology

15

None

 

Introduction to Research Design

15

   

Introduction to Biological & Cognitive Psychology

15

   

Introduction to Statistics for Psychology

15

   

Natural, unnatural, supernatural: the psychology of unusual phenomena

15

   

Applied Psychology

15

   

Understanding self and others better: an introduction to counselling theories

15

   

Distress and Mental Health

15

   

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Developmental & Social Psychology

15

Cognitive Development

15

Qualitative and Survey Research Design

15

Psychopathology

15

Biological and Cognitive Psychology

15

The Psychology of Advertising

15

Statistics for Psychology

15

   

Cognitive Neuroscience

15

   

Person-centred counselling theory

15

   

Issues and perspectives in counselling

15

   

 

Students choosing the international year take the non-credit bearing compulsory module “PSY-20039 International Year”. This is a Level 5 module. 

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Final Year Project

30

Psychology in Education

15

Key Readings in Cognitive Psychology

15

Making a Difference with Psychology

15

Individual Differences and Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology

15

The Psychology of Deviance

15

Culture and Psychology

15

Groups, Crowds and Conflict

15

Counselling skills and perspectives

15

Faces, Forgetting and Forensic Psychology

15

Personal development in person-centred counselling

15

Health Psychology

15

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az