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Psychology with Counselling

BSc (Hons)
Entry 2017: BBC / 112 UCAS points
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
UCAS code: C8B9
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Social Sciences
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This unique degree will appeal to you if you have a special interest in helping people to explore their lives, emotions and the issues that underlie their difficulties, in a non-judgemental way.

It builds on the single Honours programme that offers the opportunity to study the mind and human behaviour systematically and scientifically.

In addition, it offers specialist modules designed to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of counselling.

You will also undertake your own research and complete a dissertation which will bring together your expertise in psychology and counselling.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring eligibility for Graduate Membership of the Society with the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, provided the minimum standard of qualification of Second-Class Honours is achieved and the empirical psychology with counselling project is passed. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist and/or Practising Psychologist. But training in Counselling Psychology is acquired through postgraduate education and supervised practice, not through an undergraduate degree.

Membership of British Psychological Society (BPS)

Our students receive automatic and free membership in British Psychological Society (BPS) for 15 months. The British Psychological Society membership scheme offers the opportunity for all students to benefit from the resources membership gives.

Membership benefits include:

  • Monthly copy of The Psychologist magazine
  • Psych Talk - magazine by students for students
  • FREE online access to ALL Society Journals
  • Discounts on: Society conferences; Events; Publications (journals, etc.); Oxford Press and Wiley books
  • High Street savings through our members-benefits scheme
  • For an additional fee there's the option to join a Member Network if you have a specific area of psychology you are interested in.

For more information visit the BPS website (opens in a new window).


"My experience of the course has been brilliant, engaging and thoroughly rewarding, becoming an active member of the University and taking advantage of the various opportunities and events has enriched my experience even more. Becoming a member of the Psychology Society encouraged me to meet new people and do things outside my comfort zone."

BSc (Hons) Psychology, 2015

Why Bradford?

The Division of Psychology has a number of dedicated laboratories which support psychology teaching and research.

Lab-based practicals give you the opportunity to participate in and organise psychological research.

The Division has an active work experience opportunities scheme designed to assist students in gaining experience whilst studying.

In addition, the University also has partner institutions across Europe, North America, East Asia or Australia, where you may wish to study for a year in order to widen your horizons and develop your independence and confidence.

97% of students on the course were satisfied with learning resources (National Student Survey 2015).

Entry requirements

Typical offer: BBC / 112 UCAS points

New UCAS tariff

We use the UCAS tariff system to help us compare different qualifications. For courses starting from September 2017 onwards, the way points are calculated is changing.

The number of points you get for each qualification and grade will be lower, for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016. Despite the lower points, you will still need to achieve the same grades. The only exception to this is that AS Levels will now be worth 40% of an A Level, instead of 50%.

All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system. More qualifications are also being brought into the UCAS tariff system for the first time, including Access to Higher Education courses.

Work out your UCAS tariff points using the UCAS Tariff Calculator (link opens in a new tab).

A levels:

There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DMM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Meet UCAS Tariff of 112 — there are no specific subject requirements.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Foundation Year in Social Sciences and Management or our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.



Module name Type
Year 1
Becoming a Person 1 core
Becoming a Person 2core
Critical and Philosophical Issues in Psychologycore
Introduction to Counsellingcore
Introduction to Research Methods in Psychologycore
Thinking Psychologicallycore
Year 2
Developmental Psychologycore
Issues in Counsellingcore
Methodological Issues and Qualitative Researchcore
Psychobiology and Neurosciencecore
Quantitative Research Methods and Data Analysiscore
Social Psychologycore
Year 3
Abnormal Psychology, Health and Interventioncore
Cognitive Psychologycore
Counselling in Practicecore
Research Project in Psychology with Counsellingcore
Forensic Psychologyoption
Psychology Life Skills and Employabilityoption
Psychology of Health and Eatingoption
University Electiveoption

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

87.5% of our 2015 graduates in Psychology with Counselling found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

Career prospects

This course is suitable for students wishing to train as a professional psychologist, and is also suitable for those interested in psychology as a subject but not committed to a career as a psychologist. On completion of this programme, students are not qualified to practise as a Counselling Psychologist without further training for a postgraduate qualification in Counselling Psychology. It provides key transferable skills relevant to a variety of careers including: personnel management, market research, advertising, broadcasting, nursing, the police and the armed forces, and social work.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2015 Psychology with Counselling graduates was £16,167.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £14,250

* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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