BSc (Hons) Counselling Psychology with Integrated Foundation Year Prepare to support people with a range of mental health issues Course in Pakistan || Registration Open
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Counselling psychologists support people with a range of mental health problems. They work as part of a team to understand the mental health diagnosis an individual is given, and support people by using medical and scientific context. They make decisions to support the individual, empower them to recover, and to minimise stress they may be experiencing.
On this BSc (Hons) Counselling Psychology degree you will learn how to be a psychologist by using an evidence based perspective to make judgements and assessments.
This three-year course allows you to develop your knowledge of counselling and advanced counselling skills, and gives you the opportunity to examine biological, cognitive, developmental, and individual differences alongside the social psychological principles underlying everyday experience and behaviour.
This degree prepares you to work with mental health in a particular setting such as health, forensics, or education services. Although you will be learning counselling skills, this degree does not qualify you to practice privately as a counsellor. If you are interested in becoming a counsellor, see our BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling course.
On this course you will:
- Study both counselling and psychology modules.
- Complete practical and laboratory experiment.
- Learn to use research and analytic skills to explain everyday experiences.
- Discover, apply and reflect on counselling skills.
- Learn to provide feedback to people in a therapeutic context.
- Explore ethical issues in counselling psychology.
- Engage in self-reflection.
- Explore emotions and decision making.
- Develop vital skills to work in counselling, education or health services.
This course has an integrated foundation year. This means you will complete an extra year of study before starting your BSc degree to build your subject knowledge and develop your academic writing, reading and research skills. This option is for you if you are interested in psychology but do not meet the course entry requirements for BSc (Hons) Counselling Psychology yet, or if you want more time to prepare for higher education.
This degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), the regulating body for psychology in the UK. This means the course is recognised professionally which can make you more desirable to future employers.
Teaching and Assessment
How you will learn
This course uses a range of teaching strategies including lectures, workshops and tutorials. Sessions will encourage theoretical and critical inquiry and debate using discussions that require a high level of self awareness. You should be able to discuss your experiences of mental health — whether this is your own mental health or the experiences of others.
You will build your subject knowledge and practical experience through core and optional teaching modules and develop skills central to professional practice and psychological research.
Accessing Class Materials
All lectures and teaching classes are recorded and placed on Chi Player after the lecture takes place, where practical. Course handbooks, powerpoints and associated materials used in lecturers are also made available online. You can access electronic copies of core texts on the course reading list through the library services.
Each module has three hours of contact time per week. You will study four modules per semester so you will have 12 contact hours per week. This time includes lectures, seminars and workshops.
You will be assessed through a range of assignments including scientific reports, essays, group and individual presentations, poster design, multiple choice papers, short answer papers, research participation, essays and exams.
What you will study
You will study a selection of core and optional modules in each year. Each module is worth a number of credits and is delivered differently depending on its content and focus of study.
This list is indicative and subject to change.
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Foundation Knowledge and Skills
In this module you will develop your basic knowledge and skills to support your academic development and improve your confidence in your academic writing and reading.
Where you could go after your studies
Counselling psychologists work as part of a team in a larger setting than private counsellors, and often work in health services or the NHS. If you choose to pursue a career in the health service, you could work with acute admissions, psychiatric intensive care, or rehabilitation.
Counselling psychologists may work with children, young people, adults, families, groups or at organisation level.
You could work in health centres, Improving Access to Psychology Therapist services (IAPT), community mental health teams, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), forensic settings, or education, research, or corporate institutions.
You may work with people experiencing bereavement and personal losses, or support people in relationship contexts or people who have been able to escape a situation where they were dealing with domestic violence or sexual abuse. You will support people with all sorts of traumas and mental health problems.
BSc (Hons) Counselling Psychology could lead to a career as a professional psychologist in:
- Working with children, adults and families
- Civil Service
Becoming a Chartered Counselling Psychologist
After your degree you may choose to work in one of the settings mentioned above, or you could become a chartered counselling psychologist through a BSP accredited doctorate or stage 2 training in counselling psychology.
This BSc (Hons) Counselling Psychology degree has the status of the Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) with the BPS. You will need a Graduate Basis to progress to specialist areas of psychology and become a Chartered Psychologist.
You may choose to continue your studies to postgraduate level.