Undergraduate study
Psychology and Counselling

BSc (Hons) Psychology and Counselling

UCAS code: L550 BSc/PsyCo

Counselling psychology applies psychological theory and research to therapeutic practice with clients. It is particularly useful in helping clients to combat depression, anxiety, phobias and relationship difficulties.

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Full-time

  • Length: 3 years

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  • Up to 5 years

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  • Enrolment date: September
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    Psychology facilities

    Studying Psychology at the School of Social Sciences, Business & Law gives you access to outstanding facilities, including eye-trackers, EEG and Near-infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS). You also get to use specialist interviewing labs and our replica courtroom.

  • Student profile
 

As a psychology and counselling student, you cover all of the core modules included in the BSc (Hons) Psychology programme, in addition to specific modules relevant to counselling psychology. You learn the principles of the counselling process and consider how it applies to groups and individuals in a range of settings. Like the BSc (Hons) Psychology degree, the analytical and communication skills you develop on the course are prized by employers in a wide range of careers. This degree, accredited by the British Psychological Society, is a great first step towards further training to become a registered counselling psychologist.

Professional accreditation

The British Psycholigical Society Accredited This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society. However, it does not provide you with a counselling accreditation.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Counselling 1: Introduction to Counselling Psychology, Contexts and Problems

This module is designed to introduce students to the field of counselling and the theories it uses. Over the first few weeks brief introductions are given to what counselling is, how it relates to other disciplines, where counselling takes place, different kinds of people counselling can support, social problems it tackles, the history of counselling from its beginnings through to modern day, the contemporary issues it faces and the interpersonal skills counsellors use.

The module also introduces students to the major theoretical approaches that may be helpful for counsellors attempting to support people facing life difficulties. These topics are utilised as a vehicle for the delivery and development of students' personal development planning, study and transferable skills.

Critical Thinking about Psychology

This module provides students with many of the skills needed to critically evaluate psychological theories and studies. It uses examples from psychology to highlight the common errors that people make when assessing arguments and evaluating evidence.

The module provides step-by-step guidance on how to overcome widespread mistakes and how to construct logical, balanced and coherent arguments. The module also requires students to assess the validity of a number of extraordinary claims, such as parapsychology, alternative medicine, astrology and mediumship. Students will be encouraged to be open-minded, yet require appropriate standards of proof when evaluating such claims.

Introduction to Core Areas in Psychology

This module provides students with an understanding of the core areas of study specified by the British Psychological Society (BPS). These core areas are; Biological Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Individual Differences and Social Psychology. The module will consider empirical work within each of these five core areas and will also introduce students to psychological research skills necessary in order to plan, conduct and report psychological research.

Introduction to Social Theory 2

Exploring key sociological theories and ideas, students are supported to develop their critical and conceptual skills. The module introduces key theorists within the discipline of sociology and maps out the subject’s evolution and development. Lectures and seminars demonstrate the application of theory to contemporary concerns; from issues relating to consumption and social class, to education, power and gender.

The module moves beyond previous levels of study in terms of developing basic critical skills and active reading. The module introduces students to the ways in which sociological knowledge is constructed, and how popular theoretical models have been applied to the study of everyday life. A key aim is to enable students to begin to understand how one can synthesise, evaluate and compare competing theoretical approaches in sociology. In so doing, students will be offered a way of appreciating the relationships between sociological theory, empirical research and applied policy and practice, and how such relationships have emerged historically.

Assessment comprised of media analysis (ICA 50%) and an essay (ECA 50%)

Psychological Research Design and Analysis 1

Providing a foundation in psychological research methods and analysis, this module covers a range of experimental and non-experimental methodological approaches.

You are introduced to the Windows SPSS package for statistical analysis and graph drawing, and you learn about simple qualitative research and data collection methods.

The module covers ethics in research, qualitative and quantitative methods, survey design, simple non-experimental and experimental designs, reliability and validity, probability, hypothesis testing, descriptive data analysis, simple non-parametric and parametric statistical analysis and research report writing.

By the end of the module, you’ll be able to identify the appropriate method for a range of research questions, analyse the resulting data and draw appropriate conclusions.

 

Year 2 core modules

Biological and Social Psychology

The module is divided into two halves: biopsychology and social psychology. Biological, neurological and social explanations for a series of identified psychological topics are explored, as well as introducing the concept of evolutionary explanations for human behaviour and the scientific approach to the study of our social behaviour. Students are required to produce a 2,000 social psychology essay (50%) and complete a 2 hour unseen biopsychology written examination (50%) for their assessment in this module.

Cognitive Psychology

This module introduces students to a range of areas of cognitive psychology. Specific topics covered include aspects such as attention, perception, memory, language, emotion and reasoning. Consideration is given to the key models along with supporting evidence from experimental psychology, neuropsychological case studies and cognitive neuroscience. Students will develop an in-depth knowledge of these areas along with the necessary skills to distinguish between theories and to critically evaluate them.

Counselling 2: Basic Counselling Skills and Theory across Individual and Group Situations

This module is designed to develop students' awareness of the process of communication in counselling, and to explore the changing nature of the counselling process when moving from individual to group situations.
The first part of the module focuses on the counselling relationship as a key theme in contemporary theory and practice. Within this, the process of counselling will be covered together with an exploration of the core basic skills required of a counsellor to facilitate an individual through the counselling process. A range of counselling approaches will be examined and evaluated.
The second part of the module focuses on the counselling of more than one person at a time. The differences between the counselling of individuals, couples, groups and families are explored. The social psychology of groups and group dynamics is covered and related to the counselling process.

Psychological Research Design and Analysis 2

The module deals with more advanced research design and analysis, building on the module Research design and analysis 1. The module aims to facilitate the development of knowledge and skills in using advanced research designs, including the use of quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques.

Module content includes conceptual issues in advanced research designs - including experimental, quasi-experimental and non-experimental quantitative research designs - planning of sample size, quantitative data analysis (ANOVA and multiple regression), and qualitative data collection and analysis.

Psychology Dissertation Preparation

The module commences with a series of lectures that introduce you to research management, supervision protocol, research ethics, personal development and career planning.
You are then introduced to specific psychological research studies that further develop your understanding of the research cycle (setting a research question, developing appropriate methods, using appropriate analysis, making appropriate conclusions and dissemination) and critical evaluation, to help develop ideas for your degree-relevant honours project.
Lectures are themed into general disciplines of psychology (i.e. cognitive, social, biological, developmental, individual differences) and are delivered by experts from within the subject group.

 

and one optional module

Developing Skills for Educational and Community Support (

This module provides you with experience and knowledge of working as a support worker with Neuro Partners (www.neuropartners.co.uk/). You develop transferable / employability skills, such as confidentiality, data protection, communications, problem-solving, group work, time management, self-management, and record keeping. The work experience enables you to work within a team whilst maintaining boundaries and a professional relationship with an individual. The service users will have a range of conditions, including mental health conditions and possibly co-morbid disorders and considerations when approaching support. You will be working on any combination of the following types of support:

Education-based support: Sighted Guide, Mobility Support, Travel Support, Note Taker, Transcriber, Library Assistant, Proof reading, Reader, Exam Support

Community-based support: Personal Care, Community access, Accessing social and leisure activities with service users, Assisting the service user during Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy. Community-based hours will include evenings and weekends.

Prior to commencing the module, you are required to apply for Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) enhanced disclosure and successfully complete the Neuro Partners interview, assessment centre and training. DBS applications will be made during the interview. You will receive full training for the role of support worker (delivered by Neuro Partners) and have regular contact with an Assistant Psychologist, who will appraise you 3 times throughout the year.

You will have 6 hours contact at Teesside University to introduce the module and go through assessment requirements. This will be delivered as 3 x 2hour lectures (delivered throughout the year). The module requires you to be available for the full duration of the academic year (30 weeks) and accumulate a minimum of 70 hours of support work experience. It is expected that you will gain 2-3 hours support work experience per week and will document your experience by completing logs after every session.

Positive Psychology: Wellbeing and Happiness

Positive psychology is the scientific study of optimal human functioning at the individual, group and social levels. This relatively new area of psychology is a radical shift away from the focus of psychology on illness and pathology. The aims of the module are to introduce students to the field of study and to explore the links between theory and research findings in positive psychology and their applications in a variety of settings e.g. clinical, educational, occupational and personal contexts. In addition the module will explore the observation of attitude and behavioural change. Key areas covered will include wellbeing and resilience, happiness, emotional intelligence, positive self, positive relationships and attitude and behavioural change.

Promoting Health, Preventing Illness

This module explores psychology’s role in progressing, treating and managing illness. You will consider the dominant discussions of health and illness and explore the methods used to measure and assess health and illness. This module explores health promotion interventions, particularly the associated psychological issues that need to be considered when you are addressing the health and illness needs of individuals across the lifespan.

Psychology of Communication

The ‘Psychology of Communication’ explores the various ways in which we communicate with one another on both an individual and social level. This module aims to discuss both classic studies in communication and introduce students to new approaches to the study of social interaction. The module will examine theory, methodologies and real world applications of communication research in term one, leading to an in depth consideration of health communication and communicating health promotion strategies in term two.

Theoretical Approaches to Forensic Psychology

This module aims to demonstrate the relevance of psychology to our understanding of crime, criminal behaviour, legal decision making and the investigative process. The key areas addressed include: theories of crime and criminality, the applications of psychology in the criminal justice system, detecting deception, witness testimony, the role of expert witnesses and applied interviewing techniques.

Theoretical Approaches to Psychology and Education

This module is designed to demonstrate the relevance of psychological theory to our understanding and management of both the learning process and behaviour in an education setting. The relevance of cognitive, social and developmental psychology to the structuring of educational study and the educational environment will be explored in relation to mainstream education and the support of special needs.

The emphasis of the module will be on psychological theory and knowledge forming part of an evidence based contribution to education.

Therapeutic Care and Meaningful Interactions

Therapeutic Care and Meaningful Interactions provides you with experience and knowledge of working as a Therapeutic Care Volunteer (TCV) within South Tees NHS Trust. You have the opportunity to develop transferable knowledge and employability skills. You cover confidentiality, data protection, communications, problem-solving, group work, time management, self-management, and record keeping. You have the opportunity to work within a health care team across any combination of wards across the Trust and community hospitals, whilst maintaining boundaries and a professional relationship with individuals.

 

Final-year core modules

Counselling 3: Contemporary Issues, Contexts and Problems

This module is designed to develop students’ awareness of the applications of counselling psychology, the important contemporary issues in counselling, settings in which counselling occur and the kind of individual and group problems counselling can be used to support. Throughout, students are encouraged to explore their own beliefs and values and develop an awareness of how they can affect their approach to the counselling process.

Dissertation

Your dissertation is based around the investigation of a topic linked to your programme of study, selected by you in consultation with a dissertation supervisor. It represents a core compulsory element for British Psychological Society membership accreditation.

The dissertation involves a poster presentation, a pass/fail ethical approval and a written project report. It also includes a PDP element which involves you creating a personal statement and a CV written to address the person specifications of a graduate job.

The Psychology of Development and Individual Differences

The module is a core level 6 module and is divided into two halves: Developmental Psychology and Individual Differences. Both halves cover competing perspectives, contemporary debates, historical perspectives and applied topics. Key theoretical perspectives in developmental psychology will be studied using a lifespan perspective. The aim of this module is to develop students' understanding and skills in developmental psychology and individual differences.

 

and two optional modules (one must be a psychology module)

Applied Forensic Psychology

The main aim of this module is to focus on the application of psychological research and theory to practice in the criminal justice system.

In particular, it is concerned with the contribution made by psychology to the investigation and prosecution of criminal offences. It will use a holistic approach, enabling students to gain an understanding of how parts of the system interface with each other.

The module will cover areas of psychological work relating to aspects of the justice system, with a specific focus on the application of psychology to investigative interviews, victim and witness testimony, and courtroom procedures. In addition, it will cover relevant legal information to increase an understanding of psychological decision making in a legal context.

Critical Social Psychology

This module aims to contextualise global, societal and political issues in terms of the impact of differing social psychological perspectives. In particular you will consider the political and ideological uses of social psychological research and theory in areas including operational psychology and intelligence gathering. Focus is also given to the social psychological theories and research which contribute to cross cultural and societal processes, including collective remembering and social krypto amnesia.

Current Issues in Neurodevelopmental Disorders

This module is aimed at students who have an interest in applied aspects of cognitive psychology, especially educational psychology, as well as those interested in developmental and bio-psychology.
The module introduces you to a range of different neurodevelopmental disorders e.g. autistic spectrum disorder, dyslexia, ADHD, specific-language impairment, Williams syndrome, Dyscalculia, Fragile X and Downs syndrome. Each disorder will be considered in terms of its diagnostic criteria, characteristics, theoretical perspectives and issues with comorbidity. As such we will discuss each condition at the levels of biology (including genetics), cognition, behaviour and the environment.
Wider issues such as the social aspects of neurodevelopmental disorders, including integration in education, lifespan changes and methodological and ethical issues in researching neurodevelopmental disorders will also be addressed.

Developing Skills for Educational and Community Support (

This module provides you with experience and knowledge of working as a support worker with Neuro Partners (www.neuropartners.co.uk/). You develop transferable / employability skills, such as confidentiality, data protection, communications, problem-solving, group work, time management, self-management, and record keeping. The work experience enables you to work within a team whilst maintaining boundaries and a professional relationship with an individual. The service users will have a range of conditions, including mental health conditions and possibly co-morbid disorders and considerations when approaching support. You will be working on any combination of the following types of support:

Education-based support: Sighted Guide, Mobility Support, Travel Support, Note Taker, Transcriber, Library Assistant, Proof reading, Reader, Exam Support

Community-based support: Personal Care, Community access, Accessing social and leisure activities with service users, Assisting the service user during Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy. Community-based hours will include evenings and weekends.

Prior to commencing the module, you are required to apply for Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) enhanced disclosure and successfully complete the Neuro Partners interview, assessment centre and training. DBS applications will be made during the interview. You will receive full training for the role of support worker (delivered by Neuro Partners) and have regular contact with an Assistant Psychologist, who will appraise you 3 times throughout the year.

You will have 6 hours contact at Teesside University to introduce the module and go through assessment requirements. This will be delivered as 3 x 2hour lectures (delivered throughout the year). The module requires you to be available for the full duration of the academic year (30 weeks) and accumulate a minimum of 70 hours of support work experience. It is expected that you will gain 2-3 hours support work experience per week and will document your experience by completing logs after every session.

Issues in Psychology

This module is aimed to introduce students to a number of debates in applied psychology. The module content is aimed to meet learning needs of students interested in aspects of applied psychology and to foster self-directed learning.

The Psychology of Criminal and Sexual Offending

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the contribution made by psychological knowledge and theory towards an explanation of criminal offending behaviour. Students will be introduced to relevant psychological theories in a discussion of a number of types of criminal offence.

The Psychology of Everyday Self

This module provides an arena for you to study in depth one of the most intriguing and misunderstood aspects of psychological experience – that of selfhood.
It brings together a number of sub-disciplines that throw light on selfhood and subjective experience. Perspectives from social, developmental, and clinical psychology are combined in this module to offer you the opportunity to explore what selfhood means to you and how different constructs of selfhood can be enriching to the human experience.

 

Modules across the school also available

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

Teaching is delivered using a range of lectures, seminars and laboratory classes. We emphasise study skills so you learn how to use all our extensive facilities such as electronic journals, virtual learning environments and computer programs. You also have access to our computer suites and specialist laboratories where you develop practical skills in the investigation of human behaviour.

How you are assessed

Our varied assessments develop the skills most valued by employers. They include essays, exams, group and individual presentations, poster presentations, portfolios and a dissertation. There is even opportunity to write a psychological expert witness report.


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Career opportunities

Although this is an academic course rather than a professional training course, on successful completion with a 2.2 or above, you will be eligible to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) status with the British Psychological Society (www.bps.org.uk). As with all our psychology degrees, upon graduation you can proceed to further study in any area of psychology. You can also utilise your enhanced critical thinking, research aptitude and analytical skill in a range of graduate-level careers. However, the skills and abilities developed in this course are particularly suited to the postgraduate training in counselling psychology you will need in order to become a chartered counselling psychologist.

All programmes are designed to incorporate employability skills development alongside your degree course. Our staff utilise their extensive connections to provide many and varied opportunities to engage with potential employers through fairs, guest lecture sessions, live projects and site visits. In addition we offer a series of workshops and events in the first, second and third year that ensure all students are equipped with both degree level subject knowledge PLUS the practical skills that employers are looking for in new graduate recruits. We also offer extensive support for students to find and secure sandwich year placements which have been shown to make have significant positive impact on a student’s career prospects on graduation.

Our award winning careers service works with regional and national employers to advertise graduate positions, in addition to providing post-graduation support for all Teesside University alumni.

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 88-104 tariff points from at least two A levels (or equivalent). You must also have GCSEs in English Language and maths at grade C (or equivalent). We recommend an Access course if you're a mature student.

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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Full-time

  • Length: 3 years

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Part-time

  • Up to 5 years

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  • Enrolment date: September
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