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.
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.
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: