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Counselling Psychology

BSc Honours

Accredited by British Psychological Society

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Counselling Psychology

BSc Honours

  • Course Type: Full time (3 years)
  • Tariff Points: 112
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Course Overview

On this programme, you will focus on the relationship between theoretical psychology and counselling and consider the practice of counselling psychology in the wider social, political, pluralistic, economic and international context. Importantly, you will consider the wider issues affecting the counsellor and the client, in particular focusing on their interpersonal relationship and the personal development needs of both.

Why study with us

  • The programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership.
  • Taught by staff with real world experience of the delivery of counselling and counselling research.
  • You will work in dedicated laboratory facilities which include an audio visual recording studio and two-way mirror.
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Course Information

About this course >

The programme will also consider positive aspects of human behaviour, so as well as considering what causes psychological distress, you will also consider what underpins optimal human functioning and how we can move towards living a happier lifestyle. Towards that endeavour we will also consider what lessons we can learn from non-western culture.

You will be encouraged to develop an understanding of vulnerable people and disadvantaged groups through two professional work placements, usually in the help and caring industries. Assessment in your third year will draw on your placement experiences to tackle real world client issues through the use of a case study. On successful completion of the programme you will be qualified to apply for postgraduate training in Counselling Psychology or indeed in any other professional area of psychology.

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Further Study
Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as Counselling Psychology.
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

The first year of the course introduces you to counselling psychology focusing on the relationship between theoretical psychology and counselling by exploring the three major psychological ‘schools’, psychodynamic, humanistic/client-centred and cognitivebehavioural. You are also introduced to the core areas of psychology, including biological, cognitive, developmental, and social psychology, as well as individual differences, whilst learning how these core areas are influenced and supported by research methods used in psychology. The first year ends with a programme level assessment, providing you with the opportunity to draw together your learning from all of the modules studied in the first year in a team-based activity. You then undertake a five-week professional placement in which you will be encouraged to develop an understanding of vulnerable people and disadvantaged groups, ideally in the help and caring professions. This is designed to develop your professional skills and career goals.

Year 2

Your second year furthers your understanding and knowledge of the theory of counselling psychology and considers the range of personal issues experienced by the person in need of help and support. You will consider the wider issues affecting the counsellor and the client, in particular focusing on their interpersonal relationship and the personal development needs of both. You will also broaden and deepen your understanding of the core areas of psychology and research methods. The second year includes programme level assessment, and your personal and professional development continues to be supported through a fiveweek professional placement or you may choose to undertake a longer-term period of volunteering.

Year 3

In your final year, you will consider the applied nature of counselling psychology in the wider cultural, social, political, pluralistic, economic and international context. You will also consider positive aspects of human behaviour, so as well as considering what causes psychological distress, you will also consider what causes optimal human functioning and how we can move towards living a happier lifestyle. Assessment in your third year will draw on your placement experiences to tackle real world issues through the use of case studies.​ You will also work with a supervisor to complete a Major Research Project in an area of your choosing. This represents the culmination of your research training in the course. In addition, you will select three modules from a range of options, in areas such as Business Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Mental Health, or Health Psychology. There is also an opportunity to undertake a further professional placement to round-off the professional and career development aspects of the course.​​

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

  • PSY4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • 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) in Psychology

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
  • PSY6532 - Applied Counselling Psychology

Learning and Teaching >

Year 1 – 18.2% of scheduled learning and teaching; 246 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 884 hours of independent teaching; 224 hours on placement

Year 2 – 15.7% of scheduled learning and teaching; 200 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 926 hours of independent teaching; 143 hours on placement

Year 3 – 1 0.8% of scheduled learning and teaching; 130 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 1,050 hours of independent teaching; 20 hours on placement

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
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.



Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 – 78.9% coursework; 15% written exams; 6.7% practical exams

Year 2 – 78.3% coursework; 21.7% written exams

Year 3 – 91.7% coursework; 2.8% written exams; 5.6% practical exams

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 2018-19. 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 £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017Find 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

You will undertake a five-week professional placement in each of the first two years of the course, or you may choose to undertake a longer period of volunteering in year 2 in place of the five-week block placement. There is also an opportunity to undertake an additional placement in the final year, should you wish to.

Counselling Psychology students undertake placements in a very wide range of organisations to match their career aspirations. Recent placements undertaken by students have included working with Leeds Mind, Leeds Women's Counselling and Therapy Service, NHS Leeds Community Healthcare, the Alzheimer's Society, the Samaritans and a range of third sector and voluntary organisations.

Graduate Opportunities

The programme provides an excellent grounding for career opportunities in counselling and related professions, including counselling psychology, social work, the help and caring professions, social services, primary and secondary teaching.

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