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Counselling Psychology

BSc Honours

Accredited by British Psychological Society

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Counselling Psychology

BSc Honours



    Year of entry: Sept 2020 
  • Course Type:  Full time (3 years)
    Foundation (4 years)
  • Tariff Points: 112
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Course Overview

Do you want to discover how people can be empowered to live a happier, healthier lifestyle that enables resilience against the stresses of daily living?

You'll explore the relationship between theoretical psychology and counselling, considering the practice of counselling psychology in the wider social, political, economic and international context.

Why study with us?

• Start on your path to becoming a Chartered Psychologist. We're accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) which makes you eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership on successful completion of the course.

• Learn from lecturers with real-world experience of the delivery, research and evaluation of counselling psychology interventions.

• Graduate with experience of supporting disadvantaged groups and observing psychology in the workplace, thanks to the professional work placements included with your degree.


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Course Information

About this course >

We'll teach you about the wider issues affecting the counsellor and the client, focusing on their interpersonal relationship and the personal development needs of both.

You'll develop an understanding of what causes psychological distress, but you'll also explore positive aspects of human behaviour, uncovering what underpins optimal human functioning. Our lecturers have real-world experience of counselling and delivering behaviour change initiatives.

We'll give you plenty of opportunities to get hands-on professional experience through work placements and volunteering opportunities. You'll complete two placements which will help you to develop a deeper understanding of vulnerable people and disadvantaged groups. You can even complete your placement abroad, or take advantage of one of our Study Abroad opportunities.

In your third year, you'll get the freedom to tailor your course to your interests, helping you to carve the path towards your future career.

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Further Study

​Our course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), so providing you gain a second class honours degree or above, you qualify to seek further study and training in Counselling Psychology at Masters/PhD Level, or indeed post-graduate study in any of the professional areas of Psychology including Clinical, Health, Business, Educational, Forensic or Sport Psychology. The strong research and analytical element of your degree will also give you confidence in applying for post-graduate study across the wide range of subject areas offered at Masters or PhD level.

Accredited by British Psychological Society

This degree 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 a second class honours is achieved. This is the first step to becoming a Chartered Psychologist.​

This accreditation is important as it is a benchmark of quality, as defined by psychologists. GBC is an entry requirement for many BPS accredited postgraduate training courses, for example: Clinical, Forensic, Counselling, Educational, Occupational or Sport Psychology, one of the routes to becoming a practitioner as, for example, a Clinical Psychologist, a Forensic Psychologist, Counselling Psychologist, Educational Psychologist, Occupational Psychologist or a Sport Psychologist. These specialisms form part of the route to becoming a Chartered Psychologist (C. Psychol.).

Modules >

Year 1

You are introduced to Psychology as a contemporary science by studying the core (BPS) subjects that represent the discipline, including biological approaches, cognitive psychology, individual differences, developmental psychology, social psychology, and research methods. The module 'Introduction to Counselling Psychology' introduces you to the history, development, personalities and theories of the major theoretical schools in counselling psychology, while considering the skills and characteristics of the counselling psychologist and person seeking support. More generally you consider the contribution psychology can make to ethical and social issues, for example, to social justice and ask whether Psychology should have a political agenda? Programme level assessment allows you to integrate all the modules you have studied in year one, helping you to understand your course in its entirety. The year culminates in a five-week work placement which enables you to gain experience of observing psychology and counselling in an occupational context.

Year 2

In your second year you will study the core (BPS) areas of psychology in greater depth.  The module Counselling Psychology in Theory and Practice broadens and deepens your understanding of the range and efficacy of therapies available to the counselling psychologist and considers the issues associated with the different modes of delivery used for each therapy. Again, a five-week work placement or a longer-term volunteering module enables you to gain further experience of the use of psychology and counselling in an occupational context.

Year 3

In your final year the module Applied Counselling Psychology sets theory and practice within a contemporary social, political and international context. You will design and undertake a research project within psychology and may choose to do this within a counselling psychology context, or within any other area of psychology. You may also undertake an extended essay exploring issues in counselling psychology. A range of options in year three which cover the professional areas in psychology enables you to tailor your course towards your interests and career aspirations. There is also an opportunity to undertake a further longer-term placement and project to round-off the professional and career development aspect of your course.

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • PSY4012 - Research Methods in Psychology 1
  • PSY4402 - Psychological Approaches to Personality and Intelligence
  • PSY4412 - Cognition and the Brain
  • PSY4442 - Psychology of Social Issues 1
  • PSY4462 - Introduction to Counselling Psychology
  • PSY4992 - Ethics, Society and Employability

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • PSY5012 - Research Methods in Psychology 2
  • PSY5072 - Professional Development and Placement in Psychology
  • PSY5302 - Psychological Issues in Gender and Emotion
  • PSY5312 - Mind and Brain
  • PSY5342 - Psychology of Social Issues 2
  • PSY5362 - Counselling Psychology in Theory & Practice
  • PSY5692 - Professional Development and Placement (Volunteering)

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • PSY6032 - Business Psychology
  • PSY6052 - Aspects of Health Psychology
  • PSY6062 - Applying the Mind
  • PSY6114 - Major Research Project
  • PSY6122 - Psychology Special Subject
  • PSY6222 - Forensic Psychology
  • PSY6322 - Childhood and Society
  • PSY6422 - Biopsychology of Stress and Health
  • PSY6472 - Psychology, Mental Health and Distress
  • PSY6502 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • PSY6512 - The Psychology of Eating Behaviour
  • PSY6522 - The Psychology of Reproductive and Sexual Health
  • PSY6532 - Applied Counselling Psychology

Learning and Teaching >

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.  #expand#

Most of the modules on this course are delivered through a combination of lectures, practical classes and small group tutorials/seminars. At Level 6, learning becomes more independent and students can choose from a range of professionally focused, applied modules for which a variety of assessments explore 'real world' issues.

On this course students undertake two Personal Development and Placement modules towards the end of Level 4 and Level 5. These are employment based and are sandwiched between periods of preparation and reflection.  Students also have the option of pursuing a work placement at Level 6.

All students are offered opportunities to develop professional skills and links with employers and mentors and our alumni throughout their degree. Students will also have the opportunity throughout the programme to engage in extra-curricular activities and volunteering related to your graduate prospects.

We make extensive use of Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions, and of e-resources to enable 24/7 access to learning materials from off-campus.  These include lecture slides, web links, forums, e-books and access to over 1,600 electronic psychology journal titles.


A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

The course includes a variety of assessment methods designed to explore your knowledge and develop your understanding, but also to help you to develop your employability skills.  These may include diagnostic essays, practical reports, portfolios, poster presentations, work reflections, placement reports, group work, evidence based briefs, leading a seminar, information leaflets, group reports and case studies, as well as traditional essays and exams.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme. 

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class. 

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.

Entry Requirements >

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 112 UCAS tariff points.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in both English Language and Maths.​

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email admissio​​​​.

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2019/20. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £12,000 per year for this course starting in 2019-20. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student VisaFind out more

Additional Costs

​​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:

  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015.

  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  

  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 

  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

Placement Opportunities

​We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You'll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months' professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out.

You'll complete a five-week professional work placement in your first year and a six-week professional work placement in your second year. Recent placements have included working with people in a supportive capacity in the health and care professions, supporting children with Leeds Children's Services and shadowing psychologists at NHS Leeds. Our placement partners include Leeds Mind, Leeds Women's Counselling and Therapy Service, the Alzheimer's Society, Oxfam and The Samaritans.

Graduate Opportunities

You'll gain an excellent grounding in counselling and related health and social care professions, including social work, care work, social services and primary and secondary teaching. If you want to become a Chartered Psychologist, a counselling psychologist or work in any other professional area of psychology, this course will prepare you for postgraduate study.

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