All our psychology degrees share a common first year, with the opportunity to start specialising from Year 2. You can choose BSc routes in Forensic Psychology, Health Psychology, Neuropsychology, Sport & Exercise Psychology, Psychology with Psychotherapy and Counselling and Psychology and Criminology.
Year 1 allows you to develop knowledge and skills in both Psychology and Counselling. Psychology is a scientific discipline, involving acquisition of knowledge, critical thinking, analysis, report writing, and working in a group. You will also develop knowledge of what constitutes Counselling and Psychotherapy, its history, the relationship to health, a limited overview of counselling theories, as well as some of the key issues that will help to expand knowledge in this field.
Year 2 enables you to further expand knowledge and develop skills in both subjects. You will study core areas of Psychology in more depth, and continue to develop your skills in psychological research and report writing. A similar approach is taken in Counselling, where you will also develop intermediate level counselling skills, addressing one particular theoretical approach as well as by developing self-awareness through personal development. These skills are applied to a variety of contexts and will be underpinned by an increasing awareness of ethics and ethical principles in the way that counsellors/psychotherapists work. Whilst the degree is not a counselling practitioner course, you will undertake a placement during Year 2 that will enable you to put into practice some of your listening skills.
In Year 3 you will complete a double module research project on an appropriate topic in Psychology, with additional modules in Psychology and Counselling being undertaken to further develop knowledge and understanding of both subjects.
In Years 2 and 3, you can choose to study both Psychology and Counselling in roughly equal amounts. Alternatively, you can also progress to a BSc (Hons) Psychology or a BA (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies.
Those who complete the route as described here qualify for the British Psychological Society (BPS) Graduate Basis for Certification (GBC), the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist (provided a minimum standard of qualification of second class honours is achieved). This level of recognition is required for entry to postgraduate courses for those wishing to train as professional psychologists. The Counselling modules undertaken provide a solid grounding in the understanding of counselling/psychotherapy, and provide an excellent foundation for those who wish to advance onto the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional (BACP Accredited).
By the end of the degree you will then be able to decide whether you want to continue onto the professional practitioner course (PGDip/MA Integrative Psychotherapy)
Work experience is encouraged by the School of Psychology, which has designed a module that enables work experience gained by students during their studies to count towards their degree.
You will engage further in research through a paid internship, participate in research conferences, research publications and research grants or work as a part-time research assistant. Our current students regularly publish themselves or become members of the editorial panel to 'Diffusion', UCLan's own undergraduate research journal.
All students have the opportunity for an international experience, whether it is an overseas placement, a chance to study abroad or an opportunity for an overseas study visit. Due to the professional requirements of the course, international opportunities are limited; however students can study up to three modules outside of the UK in locations such as Australia. Further locations and opportunities specifically for students on this course are being developed.
Graduates of the course will be able to progress to a range of opportunities, including the BPS accredited master's programmes in the School of Psychology as well as a broad spectrum of careers such as those in the Police Service and Prison Service.
For those wishing to pursue a career in counselling and psychotherapy, this course will serve as an excellent forerunner to those who wish to advance onto the Graduate/Postgraduate Diploma or MA in Professional Counselling which gives licence to practise as Professional Counsellors or Psychotherapists. Some graduates have studied to become an IAPT Psychological Well-Being Practitioner (PWP), whilst others have undergone further training to seek work as Expressive Art Therapists, a PGCE to become Teachers, MA in Social Work, whilst others have undergone further training to become Mental Health Nurses, General Nurses and Mental Health Workers.
You can get involved in the research carried out by our staff, both as a participant and as a researcher, and not just through your classes and final year projects - there are paid research student internships and part-time research assistant positions available. You can also take part in conference talks, research publications and research grants - our current students regularly publish themselves, or become members of the editorial panel of ‘Diffusion’, UCLan’s own undergraduate research journal.
Some of our graduates pursue a career in psychology by undertaking postgraduate training to become professional psychologists, including our BPS-accredited Master’s programmes. However, UCLan graduates are valued more broadly, and others utilise the skills that our degree encourages to take graduate-level positions in a range of organisations, including the Police, Prison Service, NHS, social and community services, health authorities and in the pharmaceutical industry, and in education and training.