BA (Hons) Psychology and Counselling

Overview

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

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
Why Study This Course?
BGU offers Psychology as a BA, making the course unique and enabling you to gain a broader range of future possibilities within humanities and the arts.
Explore between disciplines and delve into how psychology informs practice in the joint subject area, and vice versa.
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

Click here for important information about this course including additional costs, resources and key policies.

In accordance with University conditions, students are entitled to apply for Accredited Prior Learning, AP(C)L, based on relevant credit at another HE institution or credit Awarded for Experiential Learning, (AP(E)L).

This course is subject to revalidation.

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.

Counselling

Our counselling course will offer you the opportunity to learn about a wealth of topics, such as self awareness, diversity, mental wellbeing and supporting clients facing a range of difficulties and issues. You are likely to explore different Counselling approaches, including psychodynamic, humanistic, cognitive Behavioural therapy and mindfulness.

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

You will explore the main exponents in shaping the world of counselling today. There will be exploration of how historical developments, ethics and different theoretical approaches influence the practice of counselling, with consideration given to issues and debates surrounding diversity in relation to the counselling approaches and theories examined.

By definition, counselling is about using skills with clients in an understanding atmosphere. You will develop helping skills through practice, observation and reflection and will be encouraged to keep a reflective journal to chart your learning from practical work and how this has fed into your development.

The module will provide you with an overview of the core domains of Psychology before moving on to provide a more detailed introduction to the discipline of biopsychology. You will study core areas of psychology  including social; lifespan; individual differences; cognition and biopsychology. You will also explore nervous and endchrine systems as the physiological basis of both animal and human behaviour.

This module introduces Cognitive Psychology in terms of key topics which includes memory, language, attention as well as key approaches such as  cognitive neuropsychology, neuroscience, fundamentals of the experimental method, and the use of computerised experiment generation software. As part of this module you will be able to engage in a variety of cognitive experiments to facilitate
your understanding of key topics and experimental approaches.

Year 2 Modules

Debates within the field of counselling have centred around the tension between a bio-medical model of psychological distress, and psycho-social models that consider the effects of culture, environment, diversity and social inequalities.

The syllabus of this module will consider issues and debates surrounding diversity in counselling and the ways the culture and belief systems of both counselling clients and counsellors influence how psychological distress is conceptualised and addressed

This module is designed to explore the importance of the role of supervision and of being a reflective practitioner to ensure sound counselling practice. Supervision provides support to a counsellor, which promotes client and practitioner well-being and encourages reflective practice whilst developing further learning.

This module will provide you with an experience of the world of work in the form of a placement work experience or a project with employer involvement. It also enables you to apply knowledge and skills in a real-life context offering you a valuable experience to draw on when presenting yourself  to employers or selectors upon graduation.

Social Psychology will engage you with the breadth and diversity of
social psychology as a discipline, from group processes through to
social cognition and social interactions. This module is to allow you gain a detailed understanding of how people think, feel and act in
relation to others and the world around you.

In this module students will examine how various forms of quantitative enquiry can be brought to the investigation of a range of psychological phenomena. You will explore several core statistical techniques used to address psychology-specific research and analyse data using statistical
software and interpret related output appropriately.

Individual Differences and the Biology of Personality is a multifaceted module that covers the history, cornerstone theoretical frameworks, and methodological approaches of personality research, with particular focus on biopsychological etiologies.

You will consolidate your learning by utilising psychometric methodology to design and run a quantitative study, present your design and then write up your project giving you experience of the research process and the fundamentals within it such as gaining ethical approval, data collection and analysis to reporting and discussing findings.

Year 3 Modules

This module provides an opportunity for you to build upon and apply the key learning gained at Levels 4 and 5 to an appropriate small-scale research project. In particular, the module builds on Level 5 Professional Contexts in Counselling. The research project will relate to a counselling issue and will be centred around answering a research question. It may be carried out in a relevant setting, or it may be desk/library based.

The module will explore the importance of empowering clients to find their own voice in counselling. There will be exploration of the ways counsellors support clients to express their issues, views and experiences, to articulate needs while assuming autonomy within the counselling relationship.

This module provides an opportunity for you to build upon and apply the key learning gained at Levels 4 and 5 to a chosen piece of recorded client work. You will begin to develop your own counselling approach as an emergent practitioner, via a series of counselling role plays. The module will enable you to conduct a small-scale process report, in order to demonstrate and
systematically analyse your counselling skills and ability.

The module provides an opportunity for you to build upon and
apply the key intellectual, transferable and practical skills gained at previous levels to an appropriate research project.

Throughout the module, a series of lectures, seminars and talks by guest speakers will further develop your research design and analytic skills in experimental, quasi-experimental and qualitative research methods.

This module focuses  on the historicisation of psychology and prompts critical thinking about the perceptions of psychology, and how individuals and society understand and identify with it in both professional and personal settings.

Academic Staff
Jan Machalski
Academic Staff

Jan Machalski teaches on the Psychology degree. Jan joined the staff of Bishop Grosseteste University in 20

Gianina-Ioana Postavaru
Academic Staff

Dr Gianina-Ioana Postavaru has a background in health psychology. Before joining BGU in October 2016 as a L

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

Support

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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