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Course starts September 2020

BSc (Hons) Counselling Psychology

Apply now for 2020 entry. If you are not quite ready to apply, come along to one of our open days or send your enquiry to our admissions team on the form below.

Course overview

Combine a deep understanding of human psychology with integrated approaches to counselling. Gain a strong foundation in both these areas and build your skills for a career in the field.

As a combination, psychology and counselling will enable you to better understand the psychology of people and the factors that can impact on psychological health, as well as what crucial strategies and interventions can be used to improve mental health and wellbeing.

From the outset you will be introduced to a range of therapeutic approaches, including cognitive, behavioural and person-centred techniques. Our BSc (Hons) Counselling Psychology course follows the curriculum recommended by the British Psychological Society (BPS); a required foundation for those seeking a career in a psychology-focused profession.

Careers and Opportunities

There’s broad scope for success in a wide range of rewarding careers. Typically, counselling psychologists work as part of NHS services or in private consultancy practices across the UK. It is also an excellent basis for those wishing to continue their training to become a clinical psychologist. The skills learned also provide an excellent basis for careers in other professions such as: 

  • Advice Worker
  • Psychotherapist
  • Careers advisor
  • Counsellor
  • Human resource officer
  • Teaching (further and higher education)
  • Researcher
  • Parole officer
  • Advertising
  • Retail management
  • Customer services

There is also the opportunity for students who graduate from the BSc (Hons) Counselling Psychology course to gain employment in a range of people-to-people focused occupations.

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Key Information

Course title:
Counselling Psychology
UCAS Code:
BSc (Hons)
3 years
Study mode:
Typical offer:
UCAS Tariff points 120
AECC University College

Course leader

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Zöe Wimshurst

BSc MSc PhD CPsychol – Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Zöe recently joined AECC as a Senior Lecturer in the newly formed School of Psychology, Sport and Physical Activity. She is a Chartered Psychologist specialising in visual performance in elite athletes – and area in which she has been working for over a decade.

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Course details

The BSc (Hons) Counselling Psychology course will be delivered through a range of lectures, seminars, tutorials and demonstrations, alongside supervised workshops, project supervision, practical classes, guided independent study, work-based learning, small group learning, guest lectures, role-play activities and case study analysis.

You will learn through a variety of teaching styles, including formative and summative assessment methods which are placed throughout our psychology units. The aim is to balance the developmental and judgemental aspects of assessment to promote a deeper learning. You will make the most of our on-site laboratory testing facilities, with more traditional coursework, essays, presentations, group work, and practical skills assessments.

With access to our Virtual Learning Environment, your education will be interactive and varied. Through quizzes, video tutorials, seminar notes and more you will be able to study whenever, and wherever suits you alongside your core teaching.

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How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework
  • Portfolio
  • Practical Assessment and Presentation

Unit breakdown

"Combine a deep understanding of human psychology with integrated approaches to counselling"

Entry Requirements

How do I apply for 2020 entry?

If you want to start this course in 2020, you will need to apply via UCAS. Please visit UCAS and use institution code A65 and the course code C843.

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If you’re applying from the UK or Ireland

Essential for entry

Please note that applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A*-C including Maths and English, or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above) to be considered for the programme.


BBB or above to include Psychology (or acceptable equivalent). General Studies will not be considered.

BTEC Extended Diploma

Distinction Merit Merit or above in a relevant Extended Diploma for example; Applied Psychology.

Access to HE Diploma

A total of 120 UCAS points in a relevant Access to HE Diploma for example; Psychology.

International Baccalaureate

Overall grade of 32 points or higher to include Psychology (or acceptable equivalent) at Higher Level.

Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers

BBBBB or above in 5 Higher/Advanced Higher subjects to include Psychology (or acceptable equivalent).

Irish Leaving Certificate

H3,H3,H3,H3,H3 from 5 subjects at Higher Level to include Psychology (or acceptable equivalent). 

If you have undertaken a qualification that’s not listed, it may still be considered. Talk to Admissions by completing the form below or call us on 01202 436200 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have. 

If you’re applying from outside of the UK

For those of you coming from outside the UK, take a look at our Psychology International Entry Requirements Page.

If you currently live outside the EEA (European Economic Area) you’ll need a tier-4 student visa to study here in the UK. The UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) provides country specific information on their website - check it out here.

For more information about our admissions policies and procedures, including our Admissions Complaints and Appeals Policy, please click here



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