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BSc (Hons) Psychology with Counselling

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Counselling psychology uses theory and research in therapy to help clients with a range of difficult life issues and/or mental health conditions. A particular strength of a degree in Psychology with Counselling is the excellent communication skills and awareness of diversity you will develop. This will be an advantage should you wish to go on to train as a Clinical Psychologist, counsellor, or work in other roles requiring excellent communication skills, such as sales and marketing.

This course, fully accredited by the BPS, will help you to develop a well-rounded knowledge of all areas of psychology, with particular strengths in reflective practice and person-centred communication skills. We aim to develop individuals with a professional work ethic, who are able to apply theory and research to practice.

You will be situated in the Department of Psychology where you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities, plus lectures from a range of professionals working in the field. 

This course offers an optional 4-week or 30-week placement in industry after your second year. This will give you essential real-world experience, which will enable you to put your theory and skills into practice. It will also give you the chance to begin building a network of professional contacts –vital for successfully launching a career.

What makes this course different

  • Accredited by the The British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Lectures from members of staff with real-world experience
  • Focus on reflective practice
  • Work placement option in the third year
  • Excellent student support system
  • Emphasis on the development of vocationally relevant skills
  • Research-inspired teaching
  • Research Apprenticeship Scheme in the second year
  • Choice of option modules for in-depth study of specialist topics in the final year
  • State of the art facilities

92% of our final year students say staff are good at explaining things. There was insufficient data to publish information specifically for this course. This is either because the course size is small or respondent numbers were low. Therefore, the data displayed is for all students in psychology. Join us on live chat now to find out more, or register to meet us at an Open Day

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2020, September 2021


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


3 years with optional 4-week placement, or 4 years with a minimum 30-week placement


The British Psychological Society (BPS)

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

September 2020 and September 2021 entry: 112-128 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM.

For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2020 and September 2021 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the four components or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found on the programme profile in the programme specification for your course.

Download the programme specification (pdf 250kb)


At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. That’s why we now offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

A placement year is a vital part in developing well-rounded and industry-ready graduates. What’s more, you can also choose to take your placement abroad, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market. 

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

For Psychology, we are looking for applicants who:

  • Have a mature attitude
  • Are self-aware
  • Are open to new ideas
  • Have an academic interest in the subject, as demonstrated by recent readings.

How to apply

Entry requirements


Accredited by the BPS, this course will be widely recognised by employers in many fields. Our degree will prepare you well for working in a range of careers such as management, personnel, social work or working in public services.  As it carries professional accreditation by the BPS, it will be particularly helpful should you wish to follow a career in Clinical or Counselling psychology. Within 6 months of completing their course, 95% of our students are employed in a professional or managerial position. There was insufficient data to publish information specifically for this course. This is either because the course size is small or respondent numbers were low. Therefore, the data displayed is for all students in counselling, psychotherapy and occupational therapy.

This degree will also provide a basis for postgraduate studies for professional or academic careers in Psychology as they all require communication skills. 

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. You may also benefit from guest lectures from industry, including our alumni. Please note that teaching staff can change.

Find out more about the areas of expertise of other staff within the Department of Psychology 

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