BSc (Hons) Psychology with Counselling

The BSc (Hons) Psychology with Counselling degree combines psychology with integrative approaches to counselling, including person-centred and compassion-focused approaches, and is an excellent foundation if you are considering a career in the social care sector.

Our Psychology programme powers up your prospects through partnership. You will be challenged to apply your learning to real life practical issues and provide reviews and reports to update partners on your findings.

This is not a professional integrative counselling course (please see BA (Hons) Counselling and Therapeutic Practice),but is instead a course designed for individuals seeking a Graduate Basis for Chartership from the British Psychological Society to kickstart a psychology career within the social care sector.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
3A8U Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 6 Years September Treforest A
3A9U Sandwich 4 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
3A8U Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 6 Years September Treforest A
3A9U Sandwich 4 Years September Treforest A

You will complete all key areas in psychology necessary to gain British Psychological Society accreditation. This includes research methods, cognitive, social, biological, developmental and individual psychology. You will complete a final year dissertation which will allow you to explore a topic of your choice in more depth by doing a research project. Additionally you will be introduced to a range of therapeutic approaches (including cognitive behavioural and person centred approaches) before specialising in integrative approaches in years two and three.

You can also undertake a sandwich year placement, which provides you with the opportunity to spend a year working in a professional setting between the second and third year of your degree. This provides you with a fantastic opportunity to develop your employability skills while engaging with the community and building on the knowledge and experience of your degree.

Year One: Psychology with Counselling Degree

You will start to look at the core areas of Psychology required for BPS accreditation, and you will have the opportunity to experience psychological research first hand. We will also start to introduce you to a range of therapeutic principles and approaches such as cognitive, behavioural, and person-centred approaches.

Critical Perspectives in Psychology  

Introducing the core BPS perspectives of psychology (Biological, Cognitive, Social and Developmental) and the effect of individual differences on behaviour with emphasis on the key theoretical approaches and how these shape understanding. 

Investigating Methods and Evidence in Psychology*

How is psychological research conducted? We’ll look at the methods of quantitative and qualitative research and analysis and explore research ethics and their effect on psychology. 

Introduction to Therapeutic Principles  

We will start to look at the therapeutic perspectives and principles that underpin traditional and contemporary counselling therapies, models and strategies. 

*This module is available to study fully in Welsh

Year Two: Psychology with Counselling Degree

In your second year, we will continue to expand your knowledge of the psychology and counselling fields and you will start to specialise in integrative approaches. Application of knowledge will be a theme in your second year as you start to look at the application of therapeutic principles and applying your skills in the Professional Practice and Employability module where you will be supported in applying for work experience.

Understanding the Application of Therapeutic Principles  

You will develop a detailed understanding of the humanistic tradition of therapeutic principles, and we will help you facilitate the application of this knowledge to the wider context of counselling and psychotherapy. 

Professional Practice and Employability  

You will have the opportunity for work experience, as well as gain transferable skills and explore how to gain employment.   

Advanced Methods and Evidence in Psychology  

We will explore more advanced statistical and qualitative analysis, building on the methods you covered in the first year of your degree. 

From Cells to Consciousness 

We will build on the critical perspectives of psychology covered in your first year, exploring how biology and the brain influence behaviour (e.g., attention, memory, decision making) with consideration of individual differences. 

Lifespan Development in the Social Context  

We will build on your critical perspectives in psychology, exploring the social and developmental factors that influence our behaviour (e.g., attitudes and attribution) with consideration of individual factors. 

Year Three: Psychology with Counselling Degree

Your final year introduces optional modules that allow you to further align your studies to your career aspirations. We will also cover a more advanced exploration of therapeutic principles in a social context and advance your critical reflective practice skills within the counselling field. You will also undertake an independent dissertation research project where you will be able to explore a topic of your choosing in depth. 

Psychology Dissertation 

You will complete an independent research project, building on the skills developed throughout your degree. You will explore a subject of interest of your choosing with support from supervisors with a range of expertise. 

Health Psychology across the Lifespan (Optional) 

We will explore the effect of biology, psychology and social factors on physical health (ill health, preventative healthcare and wellbeing) and consider how this varies across the lifespan and levels of individual responsibility.   

The Psychology of Education and Work (Optional) 

We will focus on the practical application of psychology to contemporary education, exploring techniques to promote academic achievement and considering the health and well-being of educators. 

Psychological Disorders and Therapeutic Interventions (Optional) 

We will explore clinical disorders, such as eating disorders, anxiety, developmental disorders, and schizophrenia, evaluating the diagnostic and treatment practices of these. 

Applications of Social Psychology (Optional) 

We will look at social identity and how it can be used to improve negative circumstances, exploring the impact of the environment on social identity and using this to promote responsible behaviour, as well as social relationships online. 

Cognitive Neuropsychology and Neuroscience (Optional) 

We will explore the impact of brain damage on cognitive processes, exploring the ways we investigate neuroanatomical regions whilst considering environmental factors.   

Forensic Psychology (Optional) 

We will critically appraise the role that Psychology plays in all aspects of the criminal and civil justice systems, including police and security investigation and offender management. 

Critical Reflective Practice in Counselling  

Building on existing knowledge, you will develop a detailed understanding and reflective practice of counselling that is highly relevant across a broad range of practitioner roles. 

Therapeutic Principles, Psychopathology and Mental Health in Social Context

We will look at the range of mental health and psychopathological problems that are prevalent in our society today, using our existing understanding to evaluate these from therapeutic perspectives. 


Our Psychology with Counselling degree provides you with an engaging and immersive learning environment through lectures, workshops, tutorials, projects, group activities, placements, podcasts, and simulation learning in the Hydra Simulation Suite. We also arrange guest lectures throughout the year delivered by academics from other institutions and practising psychologists from various fields.


We want you to have the opportunity to learn about psychology in new ways with no two modules being delivered or assessed in the same way: one of our most exciting features is how varied the learning is on our course! Coursework will include essays, practical reports, oral presentations, and case studies.


Our single Honours and major psychology degrees are fully accredited by the British Psychological Society for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist and will enhance your CV.


You will be supported in applying for work experience in the Professional Practice and Employability module in your second year, with further opportunities for applying for work experience and placements available through our Psychology Plus scheme.

Psychology Plus aims to enhance your skills and give you an advantage in the graduate jobs market or applications for further study. You’ll have the opportunity to gain clinical experience at our on campus clinic, and complete specialist short courses, professional certificates and work placements – altogether a great boost to your CV.

Field Trips



There may be additional costs associated with this course


Our purpose-built psychology lab is filled with industry standard equipment that you will use throughout your studies, as well as interview and observation rooms that allow you, as a researcher, to observe human behaviour in a natural manner through a one-way screen.

Some of the equipment that you will use includes eye-tracking equipment, Electroencephalography (EEG) machines, and BIOPAC systems. As part of our dedicated Psychology space, you will also be able to book a space for quiet study and access the dedicated social learning space with computers and psychology textbooks.


Our academic staff are passionate about psychology and are heavily involved in current psychology research across a range of specialist fields, so your teaching comes from staff at the forefront of their research areas. Tutors specialise in a range of fields, including developmental disorders across the lifespan, health behaviour and sport psychology.   

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

Contextual offers

We may make you a lower offer based on a range of factors, including your background (where you live and the school or college that you attended for example), your experiences and individual circumstances (as a care leaver, for example). This is referred to as a contextual offer and we receive data from UCAS to support us in making these decisions. USW prides itself on its student experience and we support our students to achieve their goals and become a successful graduate. This approach helps us to support students who have the potential to succeed and who may have faced barriers that make it more difficult to access university. Here is a link to our Contextual Admissions Policy.  

Other qualifications and experience

We can also consider combinations of qualifications and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable. We can sometimes consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or advanced entry to year two or three of a course where this is possible.

To find out which qualifications have tariff points, please refer to the UCAS tariff calculator.

If you need more help or information or would like to speak to our friendly admissions team, please contact us here

Typical A-Level Offer

CCC to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C in the Skills Challenge Certificate and CC at A Level to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Merit Merit Merit (this is equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 96 UCAS tariff points

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course


August 2024 - July 2025 Fees

  • Full-time UK:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £15260 

  • Part-time UK:  £740 per 20 credits

August 2025 - July 2026 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS £55.42
A DBS is not obligatory for the course. It will only be required if a specific placement or dissertation project working with children or vulnerable groups is required. This fee includes £40 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS Updating Service £13
Whilst optional it is strongly recommended signing up for this service especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to pursue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note the service has to be joined within 19 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
Other: Travel to placement location
Cost is dependent on placement location


Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs

Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).

To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.

UK students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International and EU students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK. 

Admissions statement

Graduates of this Psychology with Counselling degree will have the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society and will therefore be eligible for further postgraduate training in one of the applied areas of psychology (e.g., clinical, counselling, educational, forensic, health, occupational, or sport and exercise psychology). You will also be well equipped for careers in the social care sector. 
You will also be well equipped for careers in the social care sector and having knowledge of different therapeutic approaches in addition to an accredited psychology degree will be a significant advantage for those considering careers as Psychology Well-Being Practitioners under the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies framework. 

Possible Career Paths

Having knowledge of different therapeutic approaches in addition to an accredited psychology degree will be a significant advantage for those considering careers as Psychology Well-Being Practitioners (PWPs) under the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies framework. PWPs are trained to assess and support people with common mental health problems and help them to manage their recovery and work with adults from many different backgrounds. PWPs collaborate with a range of professionals throughout their career, both within and outside of the NHS.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW psychology student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.