The University of Wolverhampton

BSc (Hons)Psychology (Counselling Psychology)

Why choose this course?

In addition to providing you with a broad understanding of the theory and application of general psychology, this course focuses on the research applications of counselling psychology.

You will be exposed to a wide range of applied and research topics, and gain a basic understanding of counselling psychology as practised in the NHS. The Health Professions Council, which regulates the profession of psychology in the UK, requires all practising psychologists to have.accredited postgraduate training, and so this BSc degree forms the first step towards becoming a practising psychologist. Whilst this degree alone does not directly confer eligibility to practise as a Counselling Psychologist, the University of Wolverhampton also offers an HPC- and BPS-accredited Practitioner Doctorate in Counselling Psychology for those who wish to make this their career. Please see our postgraduate courses for further information.

In the final level (your third year if you study full time), you will get to choose a number of optional, specialist modules. We run a slightly different range of specialist modules each year, depending on staff expertise. Please view a list of our staff, staff list. Other information about the department is here.

What happens on the course?

The course places emphasis on a problem-based learning approach. Right from the start, you will gain knowledge and skills through hands-on work with psychological data, examining issues from across the spectrum of human psychology. You will also examine various philosophical approaches to psychology in order to be able to evaluate, critique and question current psychological thinking.

In the Psychology Department at the University of Wolverhampton, we believe that it is research which defines both the discipline and the specialisms within it. If you choose to study the BSc Psychology (Counselling) course you will follow a path which focuses on applying both methodologies and theory specific to this area. There will be many opportunities where those of you on this specialised route will break away form the main cohort to gain further in-depth coverage of counselling psychology. Your final year research project will be in an area relevant to counselling psychology, and you will be individually supervised by a Counselling Psychologist. In your final year you will also take a module which looks specifically at the skills and knowledge required for potential career paths as a Counselling Psychologist.

Why Wolverhampton?

First and foremost, you will study a broad enough range of psychological topics to satisfy the British Psychological Society's requirements for undergraduate degrees. Whenever there is the opportunity, however, throughout the course, you will specialise in counselling psychology and will receive teaching and support from the Counselling Psychologists who work in the Psychology Department. Your Personal Tutor will be a Counselling Psychologist. We believe our system of personal tutoring contributes considerably to the success of our students through regular reviews of academic progress, and regular opportunities for careers advice.

The Psychology Department at the University of Wolverhampton offers state-of-the-art facilities in which to study, including dedicated research and computer labs with specialist testing software, an observation room with a one-way mirror, video equipment, a psychological test library, plus much more.

What our students think


"During my time I felt all the staff in the department genuinely wanted me to do well and were more than happy to invest their time and effort in achieving this, they were always extremely helpful and understanding not to mention patient."
Mel West

"Both the university in general and the Psychology department had good support mechanisms in place for any difficult periods – whether academically or personally. Since graduating I have worked in the NHS as an Assistant Clinical Psychologist and I am about to begin a new job as Research Assistant for the Institute of Child Health."
Kirsty Lee

Career path

A number of our graduates go on to train as Clinical and Counselling Psychologists, to work in the NHS as trainee cognitive behavioural therapists. You may find this specialised route particularly appealing if you are interested in pursuing an NHS career in applied psychological disciplines such as counselling and clinical psychology, or if you are interested in joining other helping professions such as social and youth work.

However, by choosing this specialist course, you will not be restricting your future career opportunities either within or outside of psychology. This BSc degree is accredited by the British Psychological Associated and graduates thus gain access to all jobs and further career opportunities that require one to have the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership. Each year, our graduates go on to apply the knowledge they have gained with us to a wide range of jobs in the private, public and non-profit sectors.

Our specialist BSc (Hons) in Psychology (Counselling Psychology) can lead onto our Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology programme which is a BPS accredited and HPC registered applied training in counselling psychology. At the end of six years, students are qualified to take up positions as psychologists in the NHS and in private practise. In order to progress from the BSc to the doctoral programme, students must secure a good degree classification. Upon request, we will advise you on how to study for a counselling certificate, and how to apply for work experience, alongside our BSc programme, helping you to achieve the entry requirements for the doctoral programme.

What skills will you gain?

You will gain knowledge and skills directly relevant to psychology and counselling, as well as considerable knowledge about the nature of human behaviour. These transferable skills apply to a wide range of other disciplines within science, general management and sales.

The University of Wolverhampton prides itself on preparing you with a number of desirable graduate attributes, including specialist knowledge and enterprise, technological literacy, research skills, effective communication and listening skills, and global awareness. From our 2009 graduates, 90.7% were employed and/or in further study which is higher than the national average of 88.7%.

Who accredits this course?

Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Whilst choosing to specialise in counselling psychology at undergraduate level does not disadvantage students who later decide to work in other areas of psychology, we select for this course those applicants who show some degree of commitment to counselling psychology.

Entry requirements

2017 Entry

GCSE Maths grade C+ /4 or equivalent

The following are considered equivalent of grade 'C' mathematics:

  • OCN Access to HE Core Mathematics
  • National Test level 2 Numeracy
  • Key Skills L3 Application of number
  • Functional Skills L2 Mathematics

The following are not accepted:

  • Key Skills L2: Application of number

Should you have not achieved a GCSE Maths grade C or above or equivalent qualification please still apply and we will consider your existing qualifications on an individual basis.

Plus Either

  • Gain CCD with a minimum of DDD from A Levels or equivalent
  • BTEC QCF National Diploma DD
  • BTEC Extended Diploma MMM
  • The Access to HE Diploma requires candidates to accumulate 60 credits, at least 45 of which are at Level 3. To study psychology at the University of Wolverhampton, students must further achieve at least a 'merit' or 'distinction' in at least 18 of their Level 3 credits.
  • Successful completion of the Foundation Year of Learning Education and Progression guarantees entry on to this course
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Education, Health and Wellbeing guarantees entry on to this course
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.

Other Requirements

Appropriate reference(s), as indicated in the relevant application form.

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2017/8 Home/EU International
Full time - * £11,475
Part time - *
2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2017/8. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321137

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

* We are currently unable to confirm these fees.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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