Psychology and Counselling
BSc (Hons)

Part-time study available
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Psychology and Counselling at Salford


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

Course Summary

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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Course Details

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.

Year 1

An introduction to statistics and research methods used in psychology
You will be introduced to key factors in human development including social, emotional, cognitive and biological foundation. Within social psychology you will look at how individuals perceive, influence and interact with others.
An introductions to basic counselling, communication, listening, interpersonal skills and reflective practice.
An introduction to the study of personality, intelligence, gender and mental health.
You will be introduced to the basic biological processes and cognitive principles necessary for understanding human psychology.
This module will enable you to recognise and contextualise Counselling and Psychotherapy nationally, internationally and globally and explore the impact on clients and therapists.

Year 2

You will develop on the skills learnt in year 1, designing, carrying out research and analysing your results.
You will explore the links between biological and cognitive processes and examine how this relationship influences performance in real-world contexts.
In this module you will work with fellow students to further develop your counselling skills through experiential learning.
Building on your knowledge from year 1, you will examine the influences of nature and nurture on human development. You will learn how to critically evaluate historical and contemporary theories. Your assignments will provide you with the opportunity to examine the implications of research for education, policy and clinical practice.
A further study of personality and social psychology.
Intermediate Counselling Skills 2 builds on Intermediate Counselling Skills 1 and on its completion enables you to receive a Graduate Certificate of Competency in Counselling.

Year 3

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.

Psychology modules include:

Explore conceptualisations of mental health. Explanations of mental health. Legal and social ramifications of mental ill health. The range of conditions treated within psychiatry. Therapeutic modalities and agencies.
Explores the effects which exposure to media has on people as well as how people process information from media. Looks at advertisement, persuasion, news journalism, social media and internet use.
Aimed at students interested in a career in education or a clinical setting. You will learn about the conditions and environments of children in need (autistic spectrum, poverty, Down Syndrome, ADHD, blindness). You will examine theories and the psychological impact of interventions.
Applies theories & methodologies from Cognitive Psychology to real-world behaviour. Explores aspects of human error & the optimal conditions for performance & learning, covering issues such as: What are the consequences of distraction? What are the characteristics of a successful training programme and why?
Explores the principles and theories of knowledge, attitude and behaviour change, behaviour change in context (health, education, and community), planning, delivering and evaluating interventions, policy and guidance in UK/international context.
A practitioner based module which will provide you with a tour of relevant theories and topics (including stress, selection techniques and change at work), as well as an assessment opportunity to apply these in real-world settings, including your own experience in the workplace.
This module examines in detail the relationships between behaviour and the nervous system. You will explore these relationships through the consideration of key topics in the field of neuroscience, including learning, psychopharmacology, brain damage, organic brain disorder and mental health.
A new module which considers the role of psychology in a global context. You will have the opportunity to use your psychological knowledge to explore the issues of the day.
An applied module which will introduce you to offender profiling, lie detection techniques and psychological theories of criminal behaviour; guest speakers have includes a serving chief investigating officer, a forensic psychologist and a probation officer.
This module aims to introduce you to the concepts, theory, methods and applications of health psychology. It is concerned with the psychological aspects of physical illness, their treatment and management as well as what it is that keeps people healthy and well.
Develops your understanding of the relevance of psychology to education and provides opportunities to apply psychological theory and principles in the field of education and professional practice.
The work placement will give you the opportunity to put what you've learnt into practice.

Counselling modules:

Explores the range of therapies that allow us to express ourselves.
An in depth exploration of these important experiences in all our lives.
You will learn how counselling is used in specific contexts and with specific mental health issues.

You will also complete the dissertation module:

You will carry out a research project on a topic of your interest. The range of skills you develop as you navigate the process of research design, completing an ethic form, recruiting participants and carrying out your research, performing appropriate analysis and writing up your work, will be invaluable in all workplaces.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
Access to HE 60 credits with 30 at level 3 at Distinction
GCSE Five at grade C or above including English language, maths and science
UCAS tariff points 280 points
GCE A level BBC
BTEC National Diploma 280 points DMM
Foundation Degree 60% pass mark
Scottish Highers 280 points
Irish Leaving Certificate Equivalent of 280 UCAS points
International Baccalaureate 27 points

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

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.

Applicant profile

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 practicing your counselling skills.

Claire O'Connor talks about juggling being a single Mum with her Psychology studies.


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.

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Group work
  • Practical counselling skills sessions
  • Problem-based exercises
  • Computer-based learning
  • Online discussion boards


Assessment methods will vary depending on the modules you choose to study, you can expect:

  • Exams 25%
  • Research report 25%
  • Essays 25%

The remaining 25% will be split between:

  • Assignments
  • Practical reports
  • Group work
  • Presentations


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.

Career Prospects

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 (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.

Alumni Profile

Karen Berry - BEng (Hons) Psychology and Counselling

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.

Links with Industry

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.

Further Study

Fees and Funding


Psychology Labs

We provide a comfortable and friendly environment for you to carry out a wide range of psychological testing. These include:

  • The eyetracker laboratory uses the Tobii x50 eyetracker to monitor conscious and unconscious gaze movements
  • An observation suite with a two-way mirror
  • A video game analysis laboratory where you can analyse the psychological and physiological effects of violent video games
  • A dedicated computer suite that allows access to a range of psychological programs such as ERTSLab and E-Prime.

You will also have access to

  • Dedicated psychology laboratory cubicles
  • Private interview rooms
  • Dedicated social learning space