Psychology with Psychotherapy and Counselling

Psychology with Psychotherapy and Counselling BSc (Hons)

If you’re a natural listener and want to help people understand and work through their problems, you can explore a range of counselling approaches and develop your own counselling skills on this accredited degree course. It’s a flexible programme of study, meaning you can either specialise in one of these two areas, or continue on a joint route - if you complete the majority of your studies in Psychology, you’ll be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society. You’ll graduate with excellent observation, analysis, critical thinking and people skills - all highly sought after by prospective employers. 

Students considering this course may also be interested in the parallel courses that operates at our Burnley campus that has a focus upon Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

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:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Also available at our Burnley Campus, 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

Psychology - compulsory modules

  • Methods and Practice of Psychological Inquiry
  • Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychobiology and Cognition

Counselling - compulsory modules

  • Introduction to Counselling and Counselling Skills
  • Key Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Optional modules - choose one

  • The Discovery of the Unconscious – Freud and Jung
  • Introduction to CBT

Year 2

Psychology - compulsory modules

  • Psychological Research 1: Design and Quantitative Analysis
  • Psychological Research 2: Qualitative Methods
  • Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Cognitive and Physiological Psychology
  • Individual Differences

Counselling - compulsory modules

  • Intermediate Counselling Skills in Practice

Optional modules - choose one

  • The Development of the Unconscious in Britain
  • Person-Centred Counselling Theory in Context
  • CBT: Skills & Applications

 Placement Year

At the end of Year 2 you may choose to spend a year on placement to develop your work place skills and enhance your employment prospects.  Alternatively, you may take a placement over the summer between Year 2 and 3 as one of your final year modules.

Year 3

Psychology - compulsory modules

  • Psychology Project


  • Integration and Contemporary Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Personal Development

Optional Modules

  • Psychology Placement Module
  • EITHER Applying Psychology to the Educational Setting
  • OR Advanced Developmental Psychopathology
  • EITHER Violent and Sexual Offending
  • OR Crime: Impacts and Consequences
  • EITHER Neuropsychological Disorders and Techniques
  • OR Brain, Treatments and Behaviour
  • EITHER Application of Clinical Psychology Practice, Clinical Research, Service Delivery
  • OR Cognitive Behaviour Assessment and Treatment Planning in Clinical Psychology
  • EITHER Psychological Aspects of Cyberspace: Theory, Research and Applications
  • OR Understanding Human Behaviour in Cyberspace: Current Problems, Debates & Insights

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.

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Further Information

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, 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.

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.

Enjoy regular visits from renowned guest speakers - previous speakers have included Prof. Richard Dawkins, Sir Nicholas Humpfrey and Prof. Bruce Hood.

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.

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.

Professional Accreditation

The course is accredited by the British Psychology Society which is the learned and professional body, incorporated by the Royal Charter, for Psychology in the United Kingdom. This means that the course quality, leadership, design and content, the resources (physical and staffing) and the selection and admissions policies have all been found to meet the standards demanded by the BPS. Consequently the course fulfils the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS for those students who successfully complete the empirical project and graduate with a Lower Second Class Honours Degree or better. Thus enabling progression to postgraduate training in psychology, and therefore enables graduates to pursue, in due course, eligibility for Chartered Membership of the Society (CPsychol).

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Student case studies

International student Nela Ryniewicz

Excellent Facilities

The School of Psychology is based in our state-of-the art purpose-built psychology building, Darwin. There are specialist teaching and research rooms such as the Child Observation Suite, the Health Psychology Suite, and Cognitive Psychology Complex. These provide great space for equipment such as the movement analysis system and electronic physiological measures. The building also includes a state-of-the-art lecture theatre and computer rooms. Teaching and research staff all have their offices in Darwin Building, along with the School Office and Technical Support. Students have their own resource room, and are encouraged to make use of the great facilities and test material in their own final year research project. Counselling has the benefit of 3 specialist teaching rooms incorporating up-to-date multimedia systems incorporating recording equipment, in addition to a specialist recording studio and editing suite.

Cognitive Psychology Complex (CPC)

Brain Imaging Laboratory (BIL)

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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.