This Psychology and Counselling degree programme will provide you with the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding of theoretical, practical and conceptual issues within the disciplines of both Psychology and Counselling. The aim of this programme is to offer students the opportunity to pursue a BPS-accredited degree combining the two popular subject areas of Psychology and Counselling.
The often-lively academic debate that pushes the boundaries between the two disciplines of Psychology and Counselling regarding the nature of human behaviour and different therapeutic approaches has traditionally stimulated an appreciation of perspective-taking, empirical evidence and self-reflection.
Alongside opportunities for counselling skills development and workplace experience, the dedicated Psychology and Counselling facilities and positive atmosphere will offer students an exciting learning experience which is further enhanced by having a team of research-active and practitioner-based lecturers working closely together, as well as with students themselves.
The programme aims to help you to producea scientific understanding of the mind, brain, behaviour and experience, and how they interact with the complex environments in which they exist.
It also aims to develop knowledge of counselling as a social function mediated by individual, societal and global contexts.
Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year
Why choose this course?
New Psychology labs that encourage critical thinking, problem-solving and research skills.
Develops an understanding of a range of counselling and interpersonal skills valued by many employers and postgraduate courses.
Assisting and guiding students at every level through lectures, small group seminars and workshops.
Providing support through our academic support tutor system.
Work placement opportunity supports the development of a wide range of transferable and employability skills in our students.
What you will learn
The BSc (Hons) Psychology and Counselling degree is delivered on the SA1 Swansea waterfront campus and provides students with the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of theoretical, practical, ethical, and conceptual issues within the disciplines of both Psychology and Counselling.
The programme offers students the opportunity to pursue a BPS accredited degree combining the two popular subject areas of Counselling and Psychology. It will provide students with a strong set of critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills, in addition to many other transferable skills considered desirable by many employers and postgraduate courses.
Students will complete 120 credits per year of their programme, which will include 80 credits of compulsory psychology modules in years one and two, alongside 40 credits of counselling theory and skills-based modules at both levels.
In the final year, alongside the 40 credit compulsory Psychology Empirical Project and the compulsory 20 credit Reflexive Counselling Skills module, students studying on the Psychology and Counselling programme will have the opportunity to tailor the focus of their degree through a choice of optional final year modules covering health psychology, social psychology, clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, or mental health.
Year One – Level 4 (Cert HE, Dip HE & BSc)
Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology (20 credits; compulsory)
History of Counselling (20 credits; compulsory)
Introduction to Counselling Skills (20 credits; compulsory)
Personality and Individual Differences (20 credits; compulsory)
Research Methods I (20 credits; core)
Study Skills for Psychology (20 credits; compulsory)
Year Two – Level 5 (Dip HE & BSc)
Counselling Theory and Approaches (20 credits; compulsory)
Developmental Psychology and Individual Differences (20 credits; compulsory)
Further Counselling Skills (20 credits; compulsory)
Research Methods II (20 credits; core)
Social and Cultural Psychology (20 credits; compulsory)
The Brain: Biology and Cognition (20 credits; compulsory)
Year Three – Level 6 (BSc)
Biological and Cognitive Neuroscience (20 credits; optional)
CBT and New Cognitive Therapies (20 credits; optional)
Cognition in Action (20 credits; optional)
Ecopsychology (20 credits; optional)
Ethics, Values, and the Professional Self (20 credits; optional)
Forensic Psychology and the Criminal Mind (20 credits; optional)
Mental Health in Children and Young People (20 credits; optional)
Psychology Empirical Project (20 credits; core)
Psychology, Health and Illness (20 credits; optional)
Psychopathology and Mental Health (20 credits; optional)
Social Knowledge and Identity (20 credits; optional)
The Psychology of Education and Ageing (20 credits; optional)
The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination (20 credits; optional)
Each student chooses three of the eight optional modules in Year Three (Level 6).
This programme will offer a range of traditional and innovative assessment methods to give you the opportunity to extend your practical and academic skills and encourage your independent learning. These will include practical skills assessments, academic essays and exams, individual and group presentations, research reports and case studies.
Your overall degree classification marks will be calculated from Years Two and Three of your studies. This classification will be calculated as 33% at Level 5 and 67% at Level 6.
Graduate Attributes Framework
This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.
The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving.
Typical offers are made for 88 tariff points for the BSc Psychology and Counselling programme. There is no expectation that A-level candidates will have studied psychology at A-level and, although they typically would have studied a (social) science at A-level, students with a mix of subjects across the A-level spectrum are welcome.
This programme also welcomes applications from non-traditional entry students who have had a break from education, and those who wish to move into the social science area or care disciplines, as well as international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements).
Here at UWTSD, we place great importance on encouraging non-standard entry students with relevant life skills and academic potential to join our course. Additional study skills support is always available for any student needing more one-to-one tuition. The nature of assessments and feedback in the first year provides ample opportunity for students to develop their confidence and academic style.
The postgraduate route is multifaceted, and not all graduates will choose to pursue postgraduate qualifications in Psychology or Counselling. The structure, nature and content of this unique programme allows students to develop strong analytical and transferable skills welcomed by many sectors including Education, Social Care, Nursing and allied professions, Business and HR. Many of our non-standard entry students already have a professional career (recent examples include nursing, physiotherapy, and careers in mental health) and use their degree to further their career.
Students who graduate with a minimum lower second-class honours classification (2:2) are eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society. This indicates that students have met the curriculum requirements derived from the Quality Assurance Agency’s (2019) subject benchmark statement for Psychology and is often an important prerequisite for students wishing to go on to further postgraduate study or training in psychology.
Over the years, the programme has seen a large proportion of students graduating with 2:1 honours and above, and progressing on to further postgraduate training on BPS-accredited postgraduate courses (popular routes being Clinical Psychology, Occupational Psychology and Health Psychology), as well as pursuing a Masters qualification on the MSc in Applied Psychology or the MA in Advanced Counselling Theory and Research offered at UWTSD.
An increasing number of students are also choosing to pursue practice-based postgraduate counselling training at postgraduate, or master’s level through the postgraduate portfolio offered at UWTSD, and several students stay with us to train for qualification on the MA Psychotherapeutic Practice: Humanistic programme.
Students may be required to apply for and obtain a UWTSD Enhanced Disclosure Barring Check (DBS). The fee for this is dependent on the DBS; it is currently approximately £44.
Students are required to gain practical placement experience throughout the second year, for which a DBS may be required (see above). This placement will also incur travel and refreshments costs that will be payable by the student.
The department also offers students optional opportunities to partake in visits beyond the campus, for example, Cardiff or London. The students incur the costs of these optional visits and activities.
Geraldine Bishop | Counselling Studies and Psychology
"The Counselling Studies and Psychology course is excellent for anybody wishing to pursue a career in the area of counselling, psychology or both! I have been extremely passionate about pursuing a career in the area of mental health from a young age. At the start of my degree, I was unsure of the exact route I would like to take, but this is something that has become clear to me as the course progressed. I have thoroughly enjoyed the course.
The fact that there is an equal distribution of both psychology and counselling modules enabled me to gather an in-depth understanding of both disciplines. As a result of gaining the knowledge and skills that I have been provided with through this course, I have now gained a place to study a BACP accredited course at Masters level in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. On completion of this Masters, I will qualify as a BACP accredited counselling practitioner."
Martin Stevenson | Graduate, Swansea
"My time at undergrad here was brilliant! I've met some amazing people and had some great experiences. I was able to plan and carry out my own dissertation idea in an applied area and present this at the annual BPS conference and go on to work on research within the school which helped me pursue my postgraduate course in Psychology. The course itself was great but wouldn't be nearly as good if I didn't have the support and encouragement from personal tutors and staff. Always available and happy to help in any way they can, it makes it feel as if it's a real team effort!"
Bursary / Scholarship Information
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.
The teaching team on this programme offer a mix of expertise in experimental psychology, applied health psychology, therapeutic counselling practice and psychotherapeutic approaches. This diverse mix of skills and experience inform both the teaching and research areas across all programmes within School, and creates an exciting and dynamic learning environment where students can flourish and develop strong academic, research and transferable skills.
The School has strong links with the local Community through its community engagement work, as well as with national charities and the NHS, alongside a growing national and international research profile.