"The lecturers are inspiring and enthusiastic and the campus is modern and very welcoming."Michelle Mounsdon, BSc Psychology with Counselling Skills
Psychology professionals with an expert understanding of mental health conditions are in demand across the social services. Our degree offers unrivalled facilities and tutor support for students who aspire to support the psychological well-being of society's most vulnerable.
Our specialist degree integrates psychological theory and research with therapeutic practice. It is an ideal stepping stone towards careers within counselling, psychotherapy, clinical psychology and health psychology. Alongside gaining a broad education in psychology, you will take specialist counselling skills options and will also study research, theory and methods within mental health practice.
The course develops the essential knowledge and skills required for counselling psychology; alongside the soft skills necessary to build collaborative and effective relationships with patients. You will study compulsory modules in the first and second year which will introduce the broad range of theoretical and methodological approaches to psychology and counselling; and in your third year you will choose options from areas as diverse as mental health and well-being, psychoanalysis and psychology coaching.
You will gain a wealth of additional skills to support you in your future career or further studies including: research and analytical skills; and detailed communications skills including a thorough understanding of human communication methods.
You will attend lectures and practical classes, where you will explore ideas through class discussions, work on written assignments and give presentations. You will supplement all this with your own independent research. You will put together a portfolio, and work on a dissertation in your final year.
You can opt to extend the course by a year, and spend your third year doing a work placement, which we will help you to find. Alternatively, you can take up a part-time placement in your final year alongside your other modules.
We have extensive laboratory facilities, including computer labs, a psycho-physiology lab, a social observation lab, a virtual reality lab, an auditory cognition lab and 12 testing cubicles.
You will be assessed through exams and coursework, including your dissertation, your portfolio, essays and practical reports.
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Pass with 45 credits at level 3, of which all 45 must be at Merit or higher
If you are unable to meet the entry requirements for this course you may still be eligible for our Foundation year course. This is an extra year of study to prepare you for the full degree. For more information see our Psychology foundation page.
The UCAS Tariff has changed for courses starting in September 2017. The points awarded to each qualification have been lowered in comparison to the previous UCAS Tariff. Our entry requirements are displayed as the grades you will require, however if you wish to find out the equivalent tariff points please use the UCAS calculator.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, entrance test, portfolio or audition.
Our specialist psychology degree prepares you for a career as a counsellor or social worker, or for a role in another sector including law, business management or education. You will also be well prepared for further studies to become a charted psychologist.
Psychology graduates are highly valued across the economy, because of the transferable skills they develop. As a psychology professional you could find yourself working in all kinds of roles from priming elite athletes and sports teams to improve their performance to advising governments on policy. Counselling psychologists work in the NHS, in general and psychiatric hospitals and GP surgeries. They may also work within private hospitals, independent practices, industry, education in schools and universities and public and private corporate institutions.
Our graduates have secured roles working for organisations including: NHS East London, HMP Holloway, APPT, Northwood Day Nursery, Middlesex University, Serco, Mosaic Youth, IFF Research, London Borough of Barnet, and Camden Council.
In roles including: business manager, teaching assistant, early years practitioner, social therapist, counsellor, and market researcher.
Additionally, you can go on to do further study. The courses that our BSc Psychology with Counselling graduates are now undertaking include: MSc Business Psychology, MSc Medical Statistics, MPhil Psychology, PhD Psychology, MA Health Psychology and MSc Child Development.
Graduates with a Lower Second Classification (or better) will be eligible to apply for BPS accredited Masters and Doctoral programmes leading to careers as a Psychologist. Graduates will also be able to progress to postgraduate trainings leading to accredited status as a Psychotherapist or Counsellor.
We encourage our students to undertake an expenses-based work placement during their studies as a year long assignment between year two and three. Furthermore, depending on the organisation you are on placement with, you may be entitled to apply for a maintenance grant.
The year-long work placement exempts you from paying tuition fees for the full academic year; ensuring you gain the necessary practical skills to embark on your chosen career.
A wide range of influential and established organisations are involved with the placement course, for example Great Ormond Hospital School, St Georges Hospital, Priory Hospital, Institute of Psychiatry, Institute of Education, University College London, Holloway Prison, and the Metropolitan Police. Students' involvement in such organisations includes engaging in everyday activities such as classroom education within the hospital school and running anger management courses for the prison inmates. Placement students have also been engaged in clinical and educational research in a wide range of areas, for example eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, autism and stuttering, and investigating the psychological factors in relation to male and female rape.
During the placement year, students are required to keep a log-book for each week's activity, to produce a critical review of their placement year and to make a presentation to the university organised placement conference.
Work experience in the form of placements and internships greatly improve graduate employment prospects, and students who take part achieve excellent academic results through applying their learning in a professional setting.
Our specialist Employability Service and London location ensure that every year our students and graduates gain prestigious placement opportunities.
Find out more about the Psychology Work Placements Scheme here.
The degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society. The British Psychological Society (BPS) is the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK.
Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and get some valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews, networking and so on. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business. Find out more here.
"I came for an open day and the facilities available in the Hatchcroft Psychology building were better than any other University I had seen. The lecturers were inspiring and enthusiastic about the courses on offer and the campus was modern and very welcoming.
"I've really enjoyed the practical workshops offered as part of the Counselling Skills course; a chance to learn and practice new techniques which helped me to gain a voluntary counsellor job with the charity 'Place2Be.' I have also enjoyed learning about new aspects of psychology such as 'neuropsychology' and 'lifespan development'."