Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
Learn from a staff group with strong teaching, research and therapeutic backgrounds
Relevant to careers in health, social care and communication settings
A Psychology and Counselling degree offers more choice in terms of career options than many other degrees. The subjects are recognised as real assets by employers because they develop people skills and knowledge that are invaluable when working with individuals and teams.
This degree is designed to provide you with a thorough grounding in the theory and application of both psychology and counselling. The emphasis is on innovation and learning through a variety of styles that have widespread use, while developing key skills and relevant practical experience. The counselling skills you gain will provide a basis for further study and training in counselling. Your final year supervised research project will allow you to explore an area of psychology of your choice.
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You will learn about the principles of psychology, biopsychology and the psychology of social behaviour, as well as research methods. Within counselling you will be introduced to key theoretical concepts and start to develop your practical counselling skills. You will focus on the theoretical aspects of helping relationships and consider how this relationship can be used to benefit clients' psychological health.
You will choose two modules from counselling and two from psychology. Within psychology the modules we offer provide the most up to date research based teaching, and therefore will vary from year to year.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
|Access to HE||60 credits with 30 at level 3 at Distinction|
|GCSE||Five GCSE subjects at grade C or above preferred. Must include GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C. If you are in England and are taking GCSEs that are awarded from 2017 onwards, grade 4 will be required.|
|UCAS tariff points||112 points|
|BTEC National Diploma||DMM|
|Foundation Degree||60% pass mark|
|Scottish Highers||112 points|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||Equivalent of 112 UCAS points|
|International Baccalaureate||31 points|
|Access to HE||45 credits at level 3 (30 at distinction) and level 2 in numeracy|
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
The University offers two routes for entry under the scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. As this course is part of the School of Health Sciences you will only be considered under Entry Route 1.
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.
Your application will demonstrate a good understanding of the disciplines of Psychology and Counselling. You will have strong written skills and an aptitude for research. You will also have a desire to explore all areas of psychology and enthusiasm to understand human behaviour. You will have an interest in helping others, and the emotional strength to engage in practising your counselling skills.
Throughout your course you’ll be supported by expert and award winning staff, including authors of books and papers in a range of specialisms, some of whom have appeared on national television and radio. Robert Bendall is recognised as the UK’s number one Psychology Technician of the year 2011 by the British Psychological Society.
The Psychology team are research active and have been recognised at both international and national levels for work on driving, media, child development, addictions, clinical and health psychology, occupational stress, emotional intelligence and terrorism. The team are proud of the quality of psychology courses we deliver and are committed to providing stimulating and rewarding opportunities to study Psychology – either as a single discipline, or in combination with counselling or criminology.
Assessment methods will vary depending on the modules you choose to study, you can expect:
The remaining 25% will be split between:
You will be equipped to work in a number of environments, such as health and social care, business and education. You will also be able to continue your study at postgraduate level. If you go on to become a chartered psychologist you may specialise in clinical, forensic, educational, health or occupational psychology.
Our graduates have taken a range of jobs within a variety of fields gaining employment in Bolton Primary Care Trust, General Medical Council, Victim Support and Witness Services. Following graduation you may decide to continue your studies with us on the MSc Applied Psychology (Addictions), MSc Applied Psychology (Therapies), MSc Media Psychology or a vocational course such as the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, MSc Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies (Professional Training) or MA Social Work.
Past graduates have gained employment as an assistant psychologist, mental health support worker or within drug and alcohol services. You may decide to pursue a career as a chartered psychologist. Alternatively you may take a role within advertising, marketing or retail. Whatever direction you choose, the key skills within this degree ensure that you will be both accomplished and imaginative in your career.
"Studying Psychology and Counselling at Salford has been so rewarding because I got so much more than just the fantastic academic course content – I had the opportunity to deliver psychology sessions and share my learning with local school children through Salford Young People's University (SYPU), I got the opportunity to meet and present to prospective students while being a Student Ambassador (great fun too) and even worked on campus for the BBC facilitating sessions for local school kids – just a few examples of the many great opportunities available to up-skill and gain more additional experience."
Karen Berry - BSc (Hons) Psychology and Counselling
The British Psychological Society (BPS) accredits this course – if you achieve a lower second class degree or above, Graduate Basis for Registration is awarded. This is the first step to becoming a chartered psychologist.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Full-time||£9,250 per year|
|Part-time||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.|
A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to Home/EU and International students.
Further information is available at:
We provide a comfortable and friendly environment for you to carry out a wide range of psychological testing. These include:
You will also have access to:
Start Dates: September
Three years full-time
Six years part-time