Applied Psychology (Counselling & Health) BSc (Hons)

This course is validated by: Lancaster University
Award: BSc (Hons) in Applied Psychology
Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code: C810
Code: ST3070A13
Fees: View fees and financial information
Validated by: Lancaster University
Study Mode: Full Time, Part Time
Duration: Full time: 3 academic years
Part time: 6 academic years
Start Dates: september 2018
september 2018
Term Dates: View term dates

Our BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology (Counselling & Health) is a traditional Honours degree in which you will study all the major aspects of Psychology but will focus in particular on the areas of Counselling & Health. You will study the application of psychological theory to the practice of psychotherapy.

This three year programme (if studied full-time) studies the application of psychological theory to the practice of psychotherapy. It won't train you in any one discipline of psychotherapy -& instead you'll cover a variety of subjects which will encourage critical thinking and overall understanding. You will study modules such as: Brain and Behaviour, Language, Individual Differences, Counselling and Clinical Psychology &Psychopharmacology amongst others.

In the first year you will study the basic disciplines of psychology including the cognitive and behavioural schools. The second year examines the theory and practice of a range of psychotherapies, drawing on the knowledge gained in the first year. You'll have the opportunity to practice your research skills in a minor research project during this year.

In the third year, you'll undertake a major research project and literature review in a subject of your own choice. There are further taught modules in advanced analysis of current issues in psychology and psychotherapy. This course provides the foundation for you to progress into a range of careers in a wide range of related fields, including counselling in private practice or in the NHS (with additional training), or work in the youth offending sector, domestic violence or schools programmes. The course will also develop many transferable skills which are of interest to all employers.

What will I study?

First year students will be introduced to the development of psychology from its philosophical roots to its modern day scientific basis. Year two will focus on the critical evaluation of psychotherapy and in the final year the emphasis is on your own learning in an area of psychotherapy/psychology which is of interest to you, together with some taught modules.

During the programme you will take part in a student conference which is for all students at the end of their degree. You will present your research to your peers, agencies, local employers and take part in a full range of seminars. Attendance at the BPS (British Psychological Society) Annual Student Conference is also encouraged as well as other conferences and exhibitions as they arise.

If you study full-time you will attend sessions two full days per week. Part-time study is two half day periods of study in College per week.

Modules include:

  • History, Context & Psychology
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
  • Behavioural Psychology
  • Language
  • Individual Differences
  • Introduction to Counselling
  • Research Methods in Psychology 1
  • Client Centred and Behavioural Therapies
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Other Therapies
  • Issues in Counselling
  • Business Application
  • Research Methods in Psychology 2
  • Minor Research Project
  • Major Research Project
  • Clinical Psychology & Psychopharmacology
  • Professional Issues in Psychology
  • Advanced Critical Thinking in Counselling and Psychology
  • Literature Review

Download the Programme Specification for BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology (Counselling & Health). The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.

Entry Requirements

You'll need 80 UCAS tariff points (formerly 200 UCAS points). All applicants must show that they have a good level of spoken or written English, and if English is not your first language you'll need to demonstrate the ability to study in English. Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have relevant work / life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview.

All applicants will have to interview successfully.

If you are an International Student from outside of the EU it is a requirement for you to have a Tier 4 Visa in order to study with us. In order for you to undertake this particular programme of study, you will also need to demonstrate that you have a good level of written and spoken English and will require a UK VI Academic IELTS score of 6. Please note: the fees for International Students from outside of the EU, for this particular programme are £9,250 per year. Fees are subject to change in subsequent years.

 New UCAS Tariff 2017 Entry. UCAS has introduced a new tariff system which aims to provide a fair and more transparent process of allocating tariff points across a wide range of qualifications. This new tariff system will be used for courses starting 2017. Applicants should note that new tariff points for a qualification may be different to the points for the same qualification in the previous system – generally tariff points will be lower on the new tariff. 



How will I be assessed?

A variety of assessment methods are used on the course. In the first year, all assessment will be by Multiple Choice Test or coursework, including written work, seminars and presentations. Year two has similar coursework requirements and some modules are assessed by coursework and an examination. In the third year, 50% of the assessment is by coursework and examination - the remaining 50% comprising an individual literature review and an original research project.

Formative and summative assessments enable lecturers or tutors to monitor the learning that has/is taking place. Summative assessment is not always noticeable by the student as it is a continuous process; lecturers or assessors may observe participation and responses to class discussions and group work, a student’s response to question and answer sessions, participation in workshop practical and engagement with demonstrations. Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.

Students receive both formal and informal feedback. Formal feedback is through assessments, is usually in writing and given within 3 weeks following the submission date. However, some lecturers will provide group feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

What can I do next?

Graduates have gone on to further study at post-graduate level. Some now work as counsellors in a range of settings. Other areas that graduates have gone on to work with / in:

  • Further Studies at Masters and Doctoral Level
  • Criminal Justice
  • Youth Offending
  • Substance abuse offenders
  • Teaching

Some specific roles that previous graduates have gone on to gain include work as a lecturer on undergraduate programmes at Liverpool University, a Smoking Cessation Advisor, a Learning Coach and graduates who have opened their own counselling practice.

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"An outstanding feature that reflects the accumulation of skills, knowledge and understanding from the students is the annual event where dissertation students present their outcomes in a public forum. There is also a poster presentation where second year students can present their work. Not only do the students exhibit their confidence, enthusiasm and ability to present their work in a professional manner, but also their competence in selecting, designing, structuring and disseminating empirical research. These activities reflect the accumulation and application of multiple skills and diverse perspectives."

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