BA (Hons) Psychology and Counselling

Overview

This course allows you to jointly study Counselling & Psychology, giving you a fully rounded experience of both subjects.

Please note this course is subject to revalidation.

Through studying Psychology at BGU you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the scientific nature of the subject and if it’s wider cultural and social impact. You will develop your understanding of psychology and its theories of the mind, emotions and behaviour and become familiar with how these theories are applied in our lives, communities and societies.

At BGU a range of different approaches to counselling can be studied, including psychoanalytic, humanistic and cognitive behavioural. This course gives a solid grounding in the understanding of counselling – if you’re a natural listener and want to help people understand their lives and develop their potential, this may be the course for you.

Key Facts
Award: BA (Hons)
UCAS Code: BC98
Academic School: School of Social Sciences
Duration: 3 years
Mode of Study: Full-time
Start Date: September
Awarding Institution: Bishop Grosseteste University
Institution Code: B38
Entry Requirements

You will normally need 96 -112 UCAS tariff points (from a maximum of four Advanced Level qualifications). We welcome a range of qualifications such as: A / AS Levels, BTEC, Access Courses, International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge Pre-U, Extended Project etc. However this list is not exhaustive – please click here for details of all qualifications in the UCAS tariff. You will also need GCSEs in English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent).

Further Information

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About The Course
Psychology

Do you ever wonder why is it we behave as we do? How do gangs, teams and friendship groups form? Do you wonder if smiling really does make you feel more positive? Do you often venture into the bigger questions about life and who we are?

Psychology has a science base, yet includes a balance of liberal arts, technological knowledge, statistics and computer-based skills. As well as classic psychological theories and research, you’ll be debating social issues, studying specific mental processes, such as memory, language and attention, as well as broader issues and theories – both historical and contemporary. As well as applying psychological knowledge to a range of subjects, you will develop your skills in problem-solving, data analysis, predict and reasoning, with a focus on real-world application.

Here at BGU, we ensure you have close support and contact with your tutors and, with small group sizes, you’ll always get the support and feedback you need. We also know how important it is to experience a real working environment so, through work placements and other projects, you’ll be equipped for whichever career path you may choose after your degree. With research-informed teaching and research-active staff, you’ll receive scientific training and gain an in-depth understanding of the nature of the subject, at the same time as applying your knowledge and theory to real-life.

Our BA Degrees in Psychology are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring eligibility for Graduate Membership of the Society with the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, provided the minimum standard of qualification of Second-Class Honours is achieved and the empirical psychology project is passed. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist and/or Practising Psychologist.

Counselling

Our counselling course will offer you the opportunity to learn about a wealth of topics, such as diversity, mental wellbeing, understanding personalities and exploring individual differences. You are likely to explore cognitive behaviour and philosophies, looking at a range of different approaches, including psychoanalytic, existential and humanistic.

This course offers transferable skills, particularly relevant when working closely with other people in a helping profession such as caring, nursing, social work and probation, as well as in human resources, management or mediation and advocacy positions.

Our students come away from this course with a variety of transferable skills, such as relationship building and improved written and oral communication skills. As part of your course reflection and personal development, you will be guided to develop your own areas of interest and specialism, and encouraged to begin your own analytical journey.

Delivery

There is no one-size-fits-all method of teaching at BGU – we shape our methods to suit each subject and each group, combining the best aspects of traditional university teaching with innovative techniques to promote student participation and interactivity.

You will be taught in a variety of ways, from lectures, tutorials and seminars, to practical workshops, coursework and work-based placements. Small group seminars and workshops will provide you with an opportunity to review issues raised in lectures, and you will be expected to carry out independent study.

Placements are a key part of degree study at BGU. They provide an enriching learning experience for you to apply the skills and knowledge you will gain from your course and, in doing so, give valuable real-world experience to boost your career.

Assessment

We recognise that individuals come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, so we use a variety of assessment strategies on our courses.

Assessments in Psychology take place at the end of each module in order for you to demonstrate your understanding of the objectives covered. A wide range of assessment methods is used to support your learning, including portfolios, presentations, displays and examinations and laboratory projects. The Psychology course includes assessments that are designed to develop and refine specific skills that you may well need to draw on as a psychologist, whether that is as specific as demonstrating your practical counselling skills in the Introduction to Psychological Therapies module, or openly argumentative as in the group debate in the Personality and Individual Differences module! Assessments are also designed to enhance your critical thinking and analysis skills – something that psychologists are well known for.

In Counselling, assessment is carried out using wide-range of approaches, including written assignments, coursework, essays and reports. You will carry out a small number of oral presentations, produce portfolios of research material, and undertake some practical assessments.

Careers & Further Study

In Psychology we allow you to develop the knowledge and skills which will make you attractive to an employer. Psychology graduates go on to work in a range of sectors including teaching, education or training, local government, health and social work and in areas of industry including human resources management. By the end of this course, you will be ready to apply your knowledge of psychology to the world in which you live, with the necessary workplace skills for a variety of future careers. Future careers for Psychology graduates may include work within Clinical settings, Counselling, Mental Health Services, Education and Research.

Combining your study with Counselling opens up a variety of other career possibilities.

By the end of a Counselling course at BGU, you will be ready to successfully complete further study to become a professional counsellor. You will also be equipped for a range of other graduate employment in other career areas, including Psychology, Sociology and Health and Social Care.

Year 1 Modules
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the scientific study of biological psychology. You will be introduced to some of the ways psychologists study biological processes, and debate the main findings and claims of research in biological psychology.
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the scientific study of human cognition and its development. You will be introduced to some of the ways psychologists study human development, including observational and experimental procedures, longitudinal, cross-sectional, correlational methods and psychometric testing.
The purpose of this module is to allow you to develop essential skills which will form the basis of higher skills needed in level 5 and 6 modules in counselling. The main areas of development will be a study of types and forms of questions, use of paraphrasing and summarising skills.
This module will allow you to explore the main exponents in shaping the world of counselling today within different societies. Key developments you will examine will include the antecedents to counselling (i.e. the management of mental illness across the centuries) to the scientific development of studying human behaviour e.g Freud, post Freudian thinking, behaviourism and humanism.
Year 2 Modules
Through a series of themes you will examine different aspects of quantitative enquiry, including, for example: the origin, meaning, interpretation and application of areas such as statistical data, raw data extraction and manipulation, correlation and deviation, inference and interpretation and graphic representation. You will consider the design, relevance, application and value of particular quantitative and statistical methods in relation to applied, global issue study contexts.
This module will introduce you to the scientific study of human personality and individual differences. You will be introduced to some of the ways differential psychologists study, measure and assess areas such as intelligence; intellectual ability; creativity and atypical personality traits and personality disorders.
In this module, you will be introduced to some of the experiments and studies carried out by both classic and contemporary thinkers in the field, and debates will identify and consider the broader relevance of these experiments and studies on the international as well as home context. You will be guided to think critically about how we look upon the past, and how we can avoid ahistoricism in our evaluations.  
Working with your appointed tutor, and drawing on shared and individually sourced resources, you will be allocated an appropriate placement or project. This will enable you to meet the learning outcomes and to have a valuable experience of a real-life work-related situation which captures the challenges and uncertainties of situated work-based learning.
This module will introduce you to the study of counselling supervision from an historical, social and individual development perspective. You will explore the concepts of supervision as a reflective process in an individual, with the opportunity to study how a clear framework of supervision promotes mental wellness.
You will study how different societies may view mental health issues. A comprehensive review of the following will take place: anxiety and stress disorders, post-traumatic stress, post-traumatic stress disorder, dysthymia, depression (mild, moderate, severe) suicide risk, self- harm, bi-polar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating issues, forms and types of hallucinations and delusions and their impact on clients’ behaviour.
Year 3 Modules
The syllabus will focus on equipping you to undertake a small–scale research project. You will be directed towards making informed choices concerning topic, sample, recruitment, methodology and analytical techniques with a minimal amount of guidance and support in order to reach valid, reliable and sensible conclusions.
This module will enable you to deepen your understanding and knowledge of the scientific study of human development and its connections with human behaviour and interaction in society. You will be introduced to new theories, experiments and interventions, enabling you to gain a deeper and more complex understanding of the ways in which theory in social psychology is applied to understanding and designing interventions with children, young people, adults and communities.
The purpose of this module is to introduce you to the theory and application of qualitative research to health. The module will gradually take on a more practical focus as you apply the theory to your own mini-research projects and develop questions, design methodology and handle data.
This independent study module provides an opportunity for you to build upon and apply the key intellectual, transferable and practical skills gained at Levels 4 and 5 of the programme to an appropriate study or research project. It will introduce you to the wider world of counselling-based research and enable you to carry out a small-scale research project using a systematic and analytical approach.
In this module, there will be discussion on counselling from different areas of the world (i.e. Europe, America, Africa, Asia, Southern Hemisphere) and how different cultural demands and expectations may prevail. You will also have the opportunity to discuss the needs of clients who may see themselves as people from a “third culture” (someone growing up in a culture that was different from his/her parents).
During this module, you will be encouraged to critically examine the purposes of advocacy and when it becomes an important process in a client-counsellor relationship. Codes of practice will be evaluated in terms of their reference to advocacy along with different models of empowerment that promote clients to make informed decisions.
Academic Staff
Jenny Hamilton
Programme leader

Jenny lectures in Counselling on the joint BA in Psychology and Counselling. She is

Dr Sue Becker
Programme leader

Dr Sue Becker has a background in social psychology and completed both her undergraduate degree and PhD at

Dr Graham Basten
Head of School

Graham holds a PhD from the UK Government’s Institute of Food Research and has researched and lectured ex

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Studying at BGU is a student centred experience. Staff and students work together in a friendly and supportive atmosphere as part of an intimate campus community. You will know every member of staff personally and feel confident approaching them for help and advice, and staff members will recognise you, not just by sight, but as an individual with unique talents and interests. We will be there to support you, personally and academically, from induction to graduation.

Fees & Finance

A lot of student finance information is available from numerous sources, but it is sometimes confusing and contradictory. That’s why at BGU we try to give you all the information and support we can to help to throughout the process. Our Student Advice team are experts in helping you sort out the funding arrangements for your studies, offering a range of services to guide you through all aspects of student finance step by step. Click here to find information about fees, loans and support which will help to make the whole process a little easier to understand.

Undergraduate course applicants must apply via UCAS using the relevant UCAS code. The application fee is £12 for a single choice or £23 for more than one choice. For all applicants, there are full instructions at UCAS to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate.

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Helen Elliott

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Jenny Hamilton

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Dr Sue Becker

Dr Sue Becker has a background in social psychology and completed both her undergraduate degree and PhD at Loughborough...