Psychology with Psychotherapy and Counselling (Burnley campus)

Psychology with Psychotherapy and Counselling (Burnley campus) BSc (Hons)

Our Psychology with Counselling and Psychotherapy course on our purpose built Burnley campus provides you with a grounding in the related disciplines of Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling, enabling you to compliment your understanding of a broad range of Psychological theory with an in depth understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

If you have a strong desire to help people understand more about themselves, their relationships and interaction with others and to work through the problems and challenges that they face then this course could be the one for you.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Five-six years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Burnley (Campus code: A)

  • Start Date:


  • Providing a broad range of psychological theory with a greater depth of understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
  • Opportunities for work experience, either in voluntary positions, paid employment or placements within the region, further enhancing employability.
  • Get involved in our research, both as a participant and as a researcher - there are paid research student internships and research assistant positions available.

Course Overview

Year 1

  • Methods and Practice of Psychological Inquiry
  • Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychobiology and Cognition
  • Introduction to Counselling and Counselling Skills
  • Key Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Introduction to CBT

Year 2

  • Psychological Research 1: Design and Quantitative Analysis
  • Psychological Research 2: Qualitative Methods
  • Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Cognitive and Physiological Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Individual Differences
  • Intermediate Counselling Skills in Practice
  • CBT: Skills & Applications

Year 3

  • Psychology Project (COMP)
  • Integration and Contemporary Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Personal Development (Counselling)
  • Psychology of Health Promotion
  • Application of Clinical Psychology Practice, Clinical Research, Service Delivery

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 112 -128 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 112-128 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 112-128 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

Applications for advanced entry to the course will be considered on an individual basis.  We can recognise prior learning from other institutions but must ensure all our graduates have covered the curriculum required by the British Psychological Society for the award of Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). No exemptions can be made against the empirical project.

International Students

View our entry requirements for your country

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

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Further Information

Your final year will concentrate upon extending this development of two disciplines further and one third of the final year will comprise your final year research project, a piece of original research conducted under the supervision of one of our staff members.

Work experience is encouraged as part of the course, working either in voluntary positions or seeking paid employment within the region.  You may also undertaken placements as part of the course which further enhance your employment prospects.

Graduates of the course will be able to progress to a range of career paths in psychology or counselling or may choose to continue to work in both fields.

Students considering this course may also be interested in the parallel course that operates at our main campus in Preston, where the course has a broader focus.

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

A variety of study formats are used in both subjects. In Psychology this includes lectures, seminars, workshops, computing and practical sessions. Learning is assessed by coursework and Multiple Choice Question exams in Year 1; coursework, MCQ and essay exams in Year 2; and through coursework, essay exams and the project in Year 3.

You’ll be taught by academics that produce first-class research, which has an impact not just in academia but in our working and everyday lives. Much of our psychological research was rated as ‘internationally excellent’ and ‘world-leading’ in the last research assessment exercise.

Counselling uses a combination of lectures, experiential exercises and discussions based on particular approaches. These are student centred incorporate group discussion and participation in small groups (dyads or triads) in order to provide both practice and experience of counselling skills. An important element of the course is also the ability of the student to reflect on the self and to give feedback to their peer group which students incorporate by keeping a personal learning journal. Assessment formats include theoretical and reflective essays, negotiated assignments, projects, presentations, digital skills recordings, and naturalistic observations.

Professional Accreditation

BPS logoThe course follows the core syllabus of the professional body, the British Psychological Society (BPS) providing you with the breadth and depth of knowledge that allows you graduate with Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership and to progress onto a specialist, accredited master's.  Students are provided with Student Membership of the BPS as part of the course fee, this entitles you to access the member areas of the BPS website, careers resources, discounts on publications and to receive the monthly magazine providing you with an understanding of the latest develops within Psychology.

Accreditation is awarded to all students achieving at least a Lower Second Class degree and successfully completing the final year research project.

Our Industry Links

We continuously engage with employers to make sure our curriculum delivers the skills and knowledge industry needs. These include a number of professionals from various sectors, including NHS Trusts, patient groups, medical practitioners, allied health professionals, the Prison Service, police forces, local education authorities, schools and professional sports organisations.

Course Enquiries

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Psychology

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.