Psychology and Counselling Studies BSc (Hons)

Course length: 3 years full-time

Overview

Why study Psychology and Counselling?

Psychology and Counselling Studies is an ideal combination of subjects for those wishing to move into a career in the helping professions or those intending to undertake postgraduate training in counselling psychology, psychotherapy, or other applied psychology professions. Whilst it is important to note that the course does not provide a professional training as a counsellor, it does place students in an excellent position to apply for such training on successful completion of this programme. By following a specified pathway through this programme, students can equip themselves with the academic entry requirements for the Newman University postgraduate training programme in Psychotherapy. The programme is also ideal for those interested in roles requiring strong interpersonal and communication skills or empathy and understanding of others.

Psychology is the study of human behaviour. It includes issues such as how we think, how we see other people, how children develop, how relationships are formed and how we can help people in mental distress. Psychology is useful because whatever you intend to do in life it will involve trying to understand and deal with other people. Counselling has seen enormous growth in recent years and students on this programme gain insight into a range of changes in this discipline. The knowledge and skills developed on this programme can be used to enhance a primary role within many professional contexts where listening, and understanding are important, such as teaching, nursing and social work

What does the course cover?

The course covers the five major strands of psychology, which are individual differences, cognition, development, biopsychology and social psychology, plus research methods. In the final year you have the option to choose from a range of modules covering the applications of psychology, such as the Psychology of mental health, educational and health psychology. The course also covers the major theories of counselling and the application of these to practice in a range of helping situations. You will develop the capacity to think about ethical approaches and associated ethical behaviours. As you progress through the course you will develop a range of high quality interpersonal skills that support a counselling approach and the ability to critically consider the effectiveness of these skills used in a work role. In your final year, options will be available to you to develop a specific area of interest or enhance future professional goals.

What is GBC?
 

Newman's Psychology and Counselling BSc degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), and students gaining at least a lower 2nd class honours degree gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS.

In the United Kingdom, psychology degrees are regulated by the British Psychological Society. Only those degrees which meet a minimum standard, and are judged as providing a sound basis for progression into further post­graduate training in psychology, are accredited. Accredited courses are said to provide the graduate basis for chartered membership (GBC).
 

How will I be assessed?

We pride ourselves on giving good academic and individual support to each of our students. Teaching is varied and we use a wide variety of assessment strategies designed to help you develop a range of skills which will be useful in the modern workplace. These include traditional assessments such as essays, exams, short notes and multiple ­choice tests. There are also less traditional assessments such as PowerPoint presentations, writing dialogues, case studies and e-portfolios. Counselling skills modules may require critical reflection and the production of a reflective personal journal along with various project work. Finally, there are a variety of assessments linked to research which include writing reports, giving conference style presentations, and writing a dissertation.

What careers can I consider?

Many graduates aim to enter the various psychological and therapeutic professions, including counselling psychology, counselling, psychotherapy, health, clinical, forensic, occupational, educational, and counselling psychology. In addition, you may choose to go on to further professional training in counselling at postgraduate level leading to professional accreditation. You might also progress into a variety of other careers, typically in people orientated and helping roles - for example, social work, personnel, marketing, health or rehabilitation. The course is useful preparation for further training in any career in which counselling skills may be useful, including teaching, nursing, and charity work.


Newman University would like to draw your attention to our Academic Regulations. These regulations are your Terms of Reference and should be considered when making a decision to study with our institution.

Entry requirements

 

September 2018 Entry Requirements

104 UCAS points, to include minimum grades of CC at A Level or equivalent (e.g. MM at BTEC Diploma) or 96 UCAS points from a maximum of 3 A Levels. 
As it is not possible to achieve 104 UCAS points through an Access course, Access students will need 106 UCAS points.

Access Students can achieve this with the following combination of Distinction, Merit and/or Pass grades at level 3 achieved from a completed Access course:
D27-M0-P18; D24-M6-P15; D21M12-P12; 
D18-M18-P9; D15 M24-P6; D12-M30-P3; 
D9-M36-P0

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or C or above to include GCSE English and mathematics or recognised equivalents are also required.

Fees

Fees per academic year: 2017/18 

Full-time UK/EU Students: £9,250*

* Please note for 2018/19 the University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Finance and Scholarship information

Additional costs:

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is not required for entry into this programme, although it is in many cases required by employers before students can begin their Year 2 (level 5) work placement.  The cost of the DBS is currently £55 (including processing fee) with the option of subscribing to the update service which is currently £13 per year.  For more information on your DBS application please click here.

As a full time student, you will study a total of 120 credits each year. Credits are made up of mandatory modules and you may have a list of optional modules to choose from. Not every programme offers optional modules and when an optional module is available it will be clearly marked. All modules are listed below and you may not be required to complete all of these modules. Most modules are 20 credits and dissertations are 40 credits. Please note that not all optional modules run every year. For further information please email admissions@newman.ac.uk.

Year 1 modules


HUMANISTIC COUNSELLING THEORY AND SKILLS


MODULE TITLE : HUMANISTIC COUNSELLING THEORY AND SKILLS

MODULE CODE : COU404


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module will introduce students to the three main theories of counselling used in the UK, but with a particular focus on the Humanistic Approach. Alongside which, students will develop their ethical and professional awareness.  There will be opportunities to begin to develop the process of self-reflection.  Students will have the opportunity to practice using Humanistic Skills in a counselling skills scenario, and will be required to record a short session demonstrating the use of these skills. 

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 37.00
Independent : 163.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Enable students to develop knowledge and understanding of the main theoretical approaches to counselling used in the UK, with a particular focus on the Humanistic approach
  • Enable students to be able to begin to demonstrate and critique their use of Humanistic skills in a counselling scenario
  • Enable students to develop an appreciation of the nature of counselling
  • Develop student’s awareness of ethical issues in counselling
  • Facilitate students in the process of developing self awareness
  • Enable students to reflect through experience on the nature of interpersonal communication and perception

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Articulate in detail the Humanistic approach and situate it in relation to the main theoretical approaches used in counselling in the UK
  • Demonstrate awareness of client issues and critique the application of the Humanistic approach to particular presenting concerns
  • Compare and contrast the Humanistic approach with other theoretical approaches
  • Demonstrate awareness of the importance of culture and difference in counselling, and in particular how this relates to the Humanistic approach
  • Demonstrate the ability to incorporate Humanistic ideas into counselling skills practice
  • Evidence the ability to use written communication clearly, coherently and grammatically, within a given structure, using the standard referencing techniques of the discipline, to demonstrate effective choice and organisation of material
  • Use information technology to access, retrieve and store information, and present information as appropriate

 

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 50% Transcript and Commentary (2000 words)

Component 2 - 50% Essay (1000 words)

AN INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS IN COUNSELLING


AN INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS IN COUNSELLING: details currently unavailable

PRINCIPLES OF PSYCHOLOGY AND COUNSELLING


MODULE TITLE : PRINCIPLES OF PSYCHOLOGY AND COUNSELLING

MODULE CODE : COU491


MODULE SUMMARY :

Students will be introduced to the principles of psychology as both an academic and an applied discipline. Definitions of psychology will be considered, along with its claims to being an evidence-based science, and definitions of science and of empiricism will also be explored. Students will examine the methods used by psychologists, including an introduction to research and to the research cycle; empiricism and the scientific method; observation (measurement and sampling); explanation (e.g. correlation and causality; and the differences between quantitative and qualitative methods). 

Alongside this, the module will introduce students to a counselling approach, and the range of settings in which this can take place. Students will develop and critique basic helping skills.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 46.00
Independent : 154.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

  • Introduce students to the discipline of psychology and to its guiding scientific principles
  • Introduce students to the key principles of research (e.g. the research cycle, variables and strategies of enquiry)
  • Develop students' understanding of the role of evidence-based practice in psychology
  • Identify therapeutic approaches that can be used by psychologists and others in helping professions.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Explore definitions and the underlying principles of psychology as an academic and applied discipline
  • Display a scientific understanding of aspects of human behaviour and experience, and an awareness of the complex interaction between these
  • Employ evidence-based reasoning to examine practical, theoretical and ethical issues associated with the use of differing methodologies, paradigms and methods of analysis in psychology
  • Understand the range of professions in which counselling skills are used and routes into these
  • Understand the role of the BPS and of Graduate Basis for chartership as a basis for entry into professional training in counselling psychology. Identify and analyse the ethical, professional aspects of applying a counselling approach
  • Demonstrate and critique a range of skills appropriate to professionals using a counselling approach.

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METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 50% Examination (2 hours)

Component 2 - 50% Portfolio of Evidence (1500 words)

INTRODUCTION TO WORK RELATED LEARNING


INTRODUCTION TO WORK RELATED LEARNING: details currently unavailable

THE REFLECTIVE LEARNER IN PSYCHOLOGY AND COUNSELLING


MODULE TITLE : THE REFLECTIVE LEARNER IN PSYCHOLOGY AND COUNSELLING

MODULE CODE : PYU402


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module will focus on the development of ethical, reflective and academic practice within psychology and counselling. The application of study skills such as referencing skills, group work, report and essay writing, will be enhanced. Students will evidence their personal development of learning through the application of psychological learning theories and concepts. The module will also aim to facilitate the development of students' psychological literacy and their understanding of the role that anxiety and stress can play as blocks to effective learning. Students will be required to reflect on their work in semester 1 and to produce an action plan related to achievement of personal goals and career development.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 24.00
Independent : 76.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  100.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Develop ethical and reflective practice through the application of learning perspectives to studying a psychology degree
  • Develop students' psychological literacy
  • Develop understanding and application of group work skills
  • Develop report and essay writing skills
  • Introduce effective action planning for further personal and career development.
  • Develop IT confidence and skills relating to word processing, bibliographic databases and e portfolios.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Relate the main learning theoretical perspectives and examples of key research evidence in the field of Psychology to an understanding of their learning development
  • Employ evidence-based reasoning to examine practical, theoretical and ethical issues associated with students' learning process.
  • Discuss the extent to which psychological theories can explain, or provide solutions to enhance reflective independent learning.
  • Written and oral Communication: can communicate clearly, coherently, fluently and within a given structure, both in writing and orally.
  • Working with Others: work as part of a team, dividing tasks efficiently and employing group resources effectively.
  • Improving own learning and development (a) time management: successfully action plan, (b) autonomy : work autonomously, setting goals and deadlines as appropriate in order to complete set tasks, (c) problem solving: can solve problems by clarifying questions, considering alternative solutions and evaluating outcomes.
  • Information Technology: developing confident in use of IT including word processing, bibliographic databases, and e-portfolios.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 100% ePortfolio (2000 words or equivalent in multimedia content)

FOUNDATIONS OF PSYCHOLOGY


MODULE TITLE : FOUNDATIONS OF PSYCHOLOGY

MODULE CODE : PYU404


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module provides students with a broad introduction to the history of psychology as a scientific discipline. A number of different psychological perspectives will be introduced, for example, psychobiological, cognitive, behaviourist, psychodynamic, social constructionist, and students will be expected to apply and evaluate the application of such perspectives to important contemporary issues, such as drug addiction, violent behaviour, mental illness, etc. Research skills will be developed through the use of online databases and other library resources. Students will receive basic training in using Powerpoint to produce presentations, and in using the Library-based information resources.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 36.00
Independent : 164.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Provide a broad introduction to psychology as a scientific discipline
  • Consider the historical origins of modern psychology
  • Introduce the student to a number of theoretical approaches
  • Illustrate how different approaches can be used to explain the same behaviour
  • Explore key issues and debates within psychology

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Describe the important antecedents contributing to the development of contemporary psychology
  • Apply psychological theories and evaluate research findings in applied contexts
  • Evaluate different psychological perspectives for an applied problem

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 50% Lecture and Written Narration (15 minutes)

Component 2 - 50% Examination (2 hours)

RESEARCH DESIGN AND ANALYSIS 1


RESEARCH DESIGN AND ANALYSIS 1: details currently unavailable

Year 2 modules


CBT COUNSELLING THEORY AND SKILLS


CBT COUNSELLING THEORY AND SKILLS: details currently unavailable

WORK PLACEMENT


MODULE TITLE : WORK PLACEMENT

MODULE CODE : PLU502


MODULE SUMMARY :

This year-long module offers learners the opportunity to apply and explore knowledge within a work-based context, through the mode of work place learning. The placement supervisor in the work place will negotiate the focus for the learner’s role on placement, with the learner. Students complete 100 hours in the work setting. The learner will reflect critically on different dimensions of the work place setting.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 10.00
Independent : 90.00
Placement : 100.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

 

  • Encourage students to take responsibility for initiating, directing and managing their own placement in a workplace setting.

  • Encourage students to work constructively with their workplace supervisor and university placement tutor, taking ownership of the placement and of their independent learning throughout the experience.

  • Enable students to negotiate the relationship between academic theory and their understanding of workplace settings and their roles within those settings.

  • Encourage students to reflect critically on their experiences.

  • Encourage students to produce a reflective digital resource aimed at an external audience, to contribute towards work and study transitions.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have had the opportunity to: 

  1. Secure, negotiate and undertake a specific role in a workplace setting.

  2. Evaluate features of the workplace setting and their role within it.

  3. Critically evaluate the learning opportunities provided by the workplace experience and understand that learning will benefit current and lifelong learning, values and future employability.

  4. Present a creatively engaging argument within an appropriate digital medium for an external audience, which critically reflects upon an issue or interrelating issues affecting the workplace setting.

 

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - % PLACEMENT REGISTRATION FORM

Component 2 - 60% WORK PLACEMENT REFLECTION (2500 WORDS)

Component 3 - 40% WORK PLACEMENT EVALUATION: DIGITAL RESOURCE (1500 WORDS EQUIVALENT)

RESEARCH DESIGN AND ANALYSIS 2


MODULE TITLE : RESEARCH DESIGN AND ANALYSIS 2

MODULE CODE : PYU501


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module will build on foundation level modules to enhance knowledge of research methodology and analysis, and will focus upon quantitative and qualitative approaches. 

Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of both the quantitative and qualitative research process, focusing on methodology and analysis. In quantitative methods, they will be introduced to surveys and questionnaire methods, and explore the fundamental principles of more advanced quantitative analysis (such as two-way ANOVA and multiple regression). In qualitative methods students will be introduced to techniques such as interviewing and focus groups, and will be introduced to key specific analysis approaches in qualitative psychology such as IPA, and grounded theory. Students report writing and research proposal skills will be developed and enhanced throughout this module. Practical topics, where possible, will make theoretical links with other modules running concurrently. Additionally, there will be a focus on understanding of experimental design and data interpretation. Full guidance and technician support will be offered to students throughout.

 

 

 

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 48.00
Independent : 152.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

  • Further develop knowledge of quantitative & qualitative research methodology & analysis
  • Develop the ability to manipulate and interpret data sets using specialist software
  • Enhance understanding of ethical issues associated with psychological research
  • Enhance research report writing skills
  • Develop the ability to write a research proposal
  • Enhance understanding of data interpretation.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:


  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of quantitative and qualitative methodology & analysis
  • Understand and evaluate psychological research evidence as they are reported in scientific publications
  • Formulate and present complex ideas in the form of research questions based upon previous literature and/or empirical findings
  • Carry out appropriate data collection methods and analysis using software where appropriate
  • Show awareness of the importance of ethical issues in psychological research where appropriate
  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret data, report data findings in the conventional manner, and draw appropriate conclusions from research data
  • Evidence competence in planning and writing reports and research proposal.

 

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 50% Examination (2 hours)

Component 2 - 50% Qualitative Research Report with Research Proposal (2000 words)

THE INDIVIDUAL IN SOCIETY


MODULE TITLE : THE INDIVIDUAL IN SOCIETY

MODULE CODE : PYU503


MODULE SUMMARY :

Students will explore the breadth and depth of topics such as Intelligence, Personality, Groups, Interpersonal Behaviours, and Social Influence. Issues of measurement and testing, including psychometric testing, reliability, validity and usage will be explored.  This module will also touch upon issues of cross-cultural validity and globalisation in research -- whether observed phenomenon (for example, attribution errors, happiness, etc.) manifest across all cultures, and in the same way.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 36.00
Independent : 164.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Develop a critical understanding of the Individual in Society
  • Develop a knowledge and understanding of theories & psychological approaches relevant to the Individual in Society
  • Evaluate psychological explanations for social, interpersonal & intra-personal phenomena
  • Evaluate the utility of psychometric testing as applied to the real world 

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Evaluate aspects of key models, theories and research of the Individual in Society
  • Demonstrate knowledge and awareness of key areas of the Individual in Society
  • Evaluate and critique the extent to which psychological findings may offer credible explanations for a range of social, intrapersonal and interpersonal behaviours
  • Critically evaluate the usefulness of psychometric testing in real world contexts

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 50% Essay (2000 words)

Component 2 - 50% Report (2000 words)

COGNITION AND THE BRAIN


COGNITION AND THE BRAIN: details currently unavailable

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT: AN ETHOLOGICAL APPROACH


HUMAN DEVELOPMENT: AN ETHOLOGICAL APPROACH: details currently unavailable

Year 3 modules


DISSERTATION


MODULE TITLE : COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGY DISSERTATION

MODULE CODE : PYU602


MODULE SUMMARY :

This tutored double module provides students with the opportunity to select an area of particular interest to them within the field of Counselling Psychology and to design, plan and execute an in-depth empirical research project in their chosen area. Students will be required to produce a brief initial research proposal, for discussion with their supervisor. The proposal is then used as a basis for developing an application for Newman University ethical approval, which must be achieved prior to commencing data collection.  The research design should include either quantitative and/or qualitative analyses and draw upon and critically evaluate a range of both classic and contemporary research findings throughout. A poster presentation detailing the research process and findings will also be an assessed element.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 12.00
Independent : 388.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  400.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Further enhance the ability to identify, analyse and critically evaluate research evidence relating to a selected area of interest in the field of Counselling Psychology
  • Further enhance the ability to select appropriate, ethically sound research methods in relation to identified research purposes and justify their use, with tutor support
  • Further enhance the ability to work constructively with an advisory tutor recognising that the content and execution of the project belongs to the student
  • Further enhance ability to present and analyse qualitative and/or quantitative data clearly and in an appropriate format.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Identify, analyse and critically evaluate research evidence relating to a selected area of interest in the field of Psychology
  • Select appropriate, ethically sound research methods in relation to identified research purposes and justify their employment, with tutor support
  • Carry out a substantial piece of independently-driven research
  • Present, analyse and evaluate either qualitative and/or quantitative data clearly and in an appropriate format
  • Draw appropriate conclusions from data analysis
  • Write up research findings using normal conventions
  • Recognise the need to consider aspects of gender, and cultural and ethical issues in their research design where appropriate
  • Communicate their research findings to an audience of tutors and peers for scrutiny.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 20% Poster Presentation (500-800 words, plus 15 minutes)

Component 2 - 80% Dissertation (10000 words)

PSYCHOLOGY IN QUESTION


PSYCHOLOGY IN QUESTION: details currently unavailable

ADVANCED COUNSELLING SKILLS - optional module


ADVANCED COUNSELLING SKILLS: details currently unavailable

HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY - optional module


HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY: details currently unavailable

NEUROPSYCHOLOGY - optional module


MODULE TITLE : NEUROPSYCHOLOGY

MODULE CODE : PYU607


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module builds upon the second year courses in cognitive and biopsychology, illustrating how these two important strands of psychology come together to help us understand patients with various types of neurological disorder. The major cognitive functions of attention, memory and language will be considered in turn, and then two major conditions, head injury and dementia will be considered as examples. 

N.B. This module cannot be taken with the module COU604 Neuroscience in Counselling, since this is an excluded combination.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 36.00
Independent : 164.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Build on students theoretical knowledge of Psychology through a consideration of the  rapidly developing field of health psychology
  • Develop a critical awareness of where the discipline of health psychology stands in a historical, academic and professional context
  • Consolidate students awareness of  the biopsychosocial approach to health and illness
  • Evaluate and examine the theoretical models which attempt to predict and explain health behaviours and examine the practical application of these models in health promotion campaigns
  • Provide students with a thorough grounding in the relationship between stress, illness and health, individual differences in health and illness, and the ways in which the impact of stress on health and illness is mediated
  • Raise students’ awareness and understanding of the psychosocial impact of disability and chronic illness
  • Examine the psychosocial aspects of the hospital environment and its effect on patient health and well being
  • Critically examine the impact of illness cognition on understating health behaviour
  • Facilitate the development of critical appraisal skills in evaluating health psychology research.

 

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Demonstrate an informed understanding of how psychological theories can help increase understanding of neurological conditions
  • Critically analyze neuropsychological research
  • Evaluate debates surrounding alternative theoretical accounts of neuropsychological conditions, and differing views about the implications of these for rehabilitation
  • Illustrate their critical awareness of gender, cultural and ethical issues in the area where appropriate
  • Critically discuss the extent to which theoretical knowledge increases understanding of patients 
  • Suggest how theoretical knowledge can guide rehabilitation and intervention
  • Show the ability to construct fair, coherent, convincing and sustained arguments, using an appropriately wide range of evidence
  • Evaluate primary source material critically.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 40% Critical Appraisal (2000 words)

Component 2 - 60% Written Examination (2 hours)

PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTRESS AND MENTAL WELL-BEING - optional module


MODULE TITLE : PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTRESS AND MENTAL WELL-BEING

MODULE CODE : PYU605


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module covers the key concepts related to psychological distress and mental wellbeing. The module will present different models of psychological distress including biological, psychological, social approaches as well as integrative bio-psychosocial models. The pervasiveness of medical views will also be discussed with typical use of terms such as mental illness, disorders, abnormality and clinical psychology as well as concepts of categorical (caseness) and dimensional views of psychological distress/illness. The module will include an historical account of mental distress and then focus on key psychological disorders and discuss their aetiology, diagnosis and treatment. Students will be encouraged to consider their own opinions and those of others as it relates to these topics. Learning occurs via two main components: a lecture series; and a series of seminars. The seminar series will especially provide a space for students to discuss and debate the key issues in psychological distress/illness. Assessment of the module will be via two components: submission of an analysis of a case study; and an end of module exam.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 36.00
Independent : 164.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Build on students theoretical knowledge of Psychology through a consideration of the  rapidly developing field of clinical or mental-health psychology
  • Develop a critical awareness of where the discipline of clinical psychology stands in a historical, academic and professional context
  • Consolidate students awareness of  the biopsychosocial approach to mental wellbeing and psychological distress
  • Evaluate and examine the theoretical models which attempt to describe and explain mental distress Provide students with a thorough grounding in the major type of mental disorders
  • Raise students’ awareness and understanding of the psychosocial impact of mental distress
  • Facilitate engagement in key debates in clinical psychological using a range of approaches and evidence
  • Facilitate the development of critical appraisal skills in evaluating clinical psychology research

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Illustrate a sound knowledge and critical awareness of the core concepts, theories, models, and research within clinical psychology, and apply this to current topics.
  • Display a critical and self-reflective awareness of the ethical, sociocultural, and political issues evident in the clinical psychology literature.
  • Demonstrate an in depth knowledge and understanding of the importance and limitations of clinical psychology research to understanding mental health and psychological distress.
  • Demonstrate the ability to construct fair, coherent, convincing, and sustained argument, using a range of primary sources in clinical psychology, and use it to formulate arguments on specific topics of metal health and psychological distress.
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of clinical psychology theory, methods, and research.
  • Critically evaluate research findings in the field of clinical psychology.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 50% Written Analysis (1500 words)

Component 2 - 50% Examination (2 hours)

EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY - optional module


MODULE TITLE : EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

MODULE CODE : PYU608


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module builds upon the second year module Human Development: An Ethological Approach (PYU506) and applies an understanding of contextualised development in an educational setting. Educational Psychology explores various and seemingly discrete issues associated with the dynamic between teaching and learning. These issues include the qualities of a good teacher, the environment of the classroom, the form and function of assessment, diversity and the use of blended approaches to teaching and learning.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 36.00
Independent : 164.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Advance understanding of research methodologies and psychological theories which inform educational practice
  • Enhance knowledge of the ways in which student diversity can impact upon teaching and learning
  • Further develop the ability to evaluate current research evidence offered in explanation of approaches to teaching and learning
  • Advance the ability to appraise different methods of assessment

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Critically evaluate ways in which psychological research and theories have been applied to educational practice
  • Assess the implications of psychological research for improving the effectiveness of teaching and learning
  • Appraise the impact of culture, exceptionalities in learning, and community on learning
  • compare and evaluate different types of student assessment and how good quality assessments must be valid measurements of ability
  • Write an informed critique on a piece of psychological research
  • Show the ability to construct fair, coherent, convincing and sustained arguments, using an appropriately wide range of evidence
  • Evaluate primary source material critically

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 50% WRITTEN CRITIQUE, 2000 WORDS

Component 2 - 50% WRITTEN EXAMINATION, 2 HOURS

COUNSELLING CHILDREN AND FAMILIES - optional module


COUNSELLING CHILDREN AND FAMILIES: details currently unavailable

PSYCHODYNAMIC COUNSELLING THEORY AND SKILLS - optional module


MODULE TITLE : PSYCHODYNAMIC COUNSELLING THEORY AND SKILLS

MODULE CODE : COU605


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module extends students’ knowledge and understanding beyond humanistic and CBT approaches to include the third major therapeutic tradition, the psychodynamic approach. Following a grounding in the historical influences of this approach on the development of counselling, students will gain an understanding of core psychodynamic theory and the associated skills, with emphasis on those that are most applicable to counselling practice.  There will be a focus on understanding counselling process from the psychodynamic perspective and an opportunity to critically reflect on the use of psychodynamic concepts within the counselling context.  There will be opportunities for students to continue to develop their ethical and professional awareness, and opportunities to continue the process of self-reflection. 

 

NB: This module is mandatory for progression to the MSc in Adult or Child Psychotherapy.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 37.00
Independent : 163.00
Placement :
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

 

  • Enable students to locate psychodynamic thinking and its influences with the broader field of therapeutic approaches

  • Enable students to understand core psychodynamic theory and associated counselling skills

  • Further develop students’ awareness of ethical issues in counselling

  • Enable students to understand and critically reflect on the contribution the psychodynamic tradition makes to counselling theory and practice.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

 

  • Articulate an understanding of the psychodynamic tradition and its modern applications in counselling practice

  • Critically evaluate central elements of that approach with those of other main therapeutic approaches

  • Synthesise psychodynamic understanding with counselling skills practice

  • Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of conscious and unconscious process in counselling

  • Critically evaluate counselling skills sessions using psychodynamic concepts and understandings

  • Critically reflect on the implications of diversity on psychodynamic theory and practice 

  • Evidence the ability to use written communication clearly, coherently and grammatically, within a given structure, using the standard referencing techniques of the discipline, demonstrating effective choice and organisation of material

  • Make critical judgements and evaluations, identifying general principles and evaluating competing perspectives 

  • Work autonomously, setting personal goals and deadlines as appropriate in order to complete set tasks

  • Extend subject knowledge through independent appraisal of a range of learning resources

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 50% Critical Essay (2000 words)

Component 2 - 50% Reflective Commentary (2000 words)

NEUROSCIENCE FOR COUNSELLORS - optional module


Neuroscience for Counsellors


Module Title: Neuroscience for Counsellors

Module Code: COU604

Module Summary:
The module will develop knowledge and understanding of, and critically examine the relevance of human evolutionary and developmental biology and neurophysiology in the context of integrative counselling theory and practice. Developments in neuroscience with relevance to the development and maintenance of common presenting problems will be critically evaluated in relation to integrative counselling and to common presenting problems in order to consider the extent to which neuroscience can contribute to models of person and or provide a basis for integration.

N.B. This module cannot be taken with PYU607 Neuropsychology since this is an excluded combination.

CATS Value: 20

ECTS Value: 10

Contact Hours:

Scheduled: 37 (Lectures & Seminars: 36; Drop-in tutorial time: 1)
Independent: 163
Placement: 0
Total Hours: 200

Module Curriculum Led Outcomes:
This module aims to:

• Develop understanding of contemporary human biology and particularly evolutionary, developmental and neural science of relevance to counselling, building upon the students’ previous counselling experience
• Develop the student’s critical understanding of key aspects of the neurobiology of mind, with particular reference to: affect; cognition; behaviour; implicit, explicit and traumatic memory; attachment theory; inter-subjectivity and executive functions
• Facilitate the student’s development of a reflective critique of human developmental and evolutionary biology, the nature-nurture debate, neurobiology, and philosophy of mind with reference to counselling theory and practice.

Learning Opportunities:
Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

• Critically evaluate the relevance of current knowledge of human evolutionary, developmental and neural biology to integrative counselling practice
• Reflectively appraise the significance of the embodied mind for integrative approaches to counselling theory and practice
• Synthesise and apply understanding of human evolutionary neural development to the theory and practice of integrative counselling with particular reference to common presenting problems.

Assessment:

Component 1: 50% A critical review of specified aspects of neuroscience or relevance to counselling practice, demonstrating substantial knowledge, understanding and critical evaluation. (2000 words)

Component 2: 50% Case studies: The application of theory to practice in the analysis of one or more case vignettes demonstrating the relevance of neuroscience to clinical practice (2500 words)

DIVERSITY IN COUNSELLING - optional module


Diversity in Counselling


Module Title: Diversity in Counselling

Module Code: COU606

Module Summary:
This module explores the wide diversity present in the human population and the ways in which groups with certain characteristics experience discrimination. We will develop a personal understanding of our own and others experiences in relation to difference and the ways in which these can impact upon our relationships and in particular the therapeutic relationship.

CATS Value: 20

ECTS Value: 10

Contact Hours:

Scheduled: 37 (Lectures & Seminars: 36; Drop-in tutorial time: 1)
Independent: 163
Placement: 0
Total Hours: 200

Module Curriculum Led Outcomes:
This module aims to:

• Enable students to explore diversity and the ways it impacts upon counselling & psychotherapy.
• Enable students reflect on their own background and culture
• Enable students to develop a critical awareness of issues relating to diversity.

Learning Opportunities:
Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

• Have a critical self-awareness of their own background and self in relation to diversity.
• Identify the impact of discrimination and prejudice
• Describe how diversity can impact upon relationships
• Critically evaluate the impact of diversity on counselling
• Create a personal action plan to further develop anti-discriminatory practice.

Assessment:

Component 1: 20 % Reflective statements of learning (1500 words)

Component 2: 80 % Critical essay on diversity and counselling (3500 words)

THERAPEUTIC WORK WITH COUPLES - optional module


Therapeutic Work with Couples


Module Title: Therapeutic Work with Couples

Module Code: COU608

Module Summary:
The module will introduce the student to the theories, process and practice of therapeutic work with couples and will include working with individuals with a couple focus. A variety of theories of couple work will be introduced and critically evaluated and students will be encouraged to make links between theories.

CATS Value: 20

ECTS Value: 10

Contact Hours:

Scheduled: 37 (Lectures & Seminars: 36; Drop-in tutorial time: 1)
Independent: 163
Placement: 0
Total Hours: 200

Pre-Requirements: Joint Honours counselling studies students must have taken the psychodynamic module in semester 1

Module Curriculum Led Outcomes:
This module aims to:

• Develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of theories of couples counselling
• Develop an appreciation of the unique issues in counselling more than one client.

Learning Opportunities:
Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

• Critically examine a range of theories for working with more than one client.
• Identify ways in which theories could be combined to enhance the theoretic work.
• Outline the practical issues when working with more than one client.

Assessment:

Component 1: 30 % Individual 10 minute presentation on either diversity issues or the practical issues, related to couple counselling and give written feedback to one other student (750 words).

Component 2: 70 % Critical essay comparing and contrasting two theories of couple counselling (3000 words).

FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY - optional module


Forensic Psychology


Module Title: Forensic Psychology

Module Code: PYU606

Module Summary:
This module explores applications of psychology to the Criminal Justice System. The work of forensic psychologists and the contexts within which they perform their duties will be evaluated. The major issues covered will be the use of forensic psychology in the investigative process, the court system, and the punishment and rehabilitation of offending populations. The work of forensic psychologists with victims and witnesses will also be covered. The links between theory and practice in these areas will be discussed. The future directions and contributions of forensic psychology will be considered.

CATS Value: 20

ECTS Value: 10

Contact Hours:

Scheduled: 36
Independent: 164
Placement: 0
Total Hours: 200

Module Curriculum Led Outcomes:
This module aims to:

• Build on students theoretical knowledge and ability to apply it in practical contexts through a consideration of the discipline of forensic psychology
• Evaluate and examine current developments in the discipline and to consider the influences and impact of these in the Criminal Justice System (CJS)
• Develop an understanding of how psychological theories can be used throughout the CJS including working with victim and witness agencies, aiding police officers in investigations, within the courtroom and with the assessment and treatment of offenders
• Develop an appreciation of the professional role of forensic psychologists within the CJS

Learning Opportunities:
Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

• Demonstrate a critical and informed understanding of psychology’s contribution to the Criminal Justice System
• Critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise into new forms, forensic psychological research
• Apply psychological theory to forensic psychology practice, including novel synthesis of diverse sources
• Illustrate a critical awareness of ethical issues in the area where appropriate
• Show the ability to construct fair, coherent, convincing and sustained arguments, using an appropriately wide range of evidence
• Evaluate primary source material critically

Assessment:
Component 1: 50%
Produce a professional, academic information pamphlet about a specific application of forensic psychology for the relevant professional group (2000 words)

Component 2: 50%
Write an expert report based on a case study, which is provided (2000 words)

WORK PSYCHOLOGY - optional module


MODULE TITLE : WORK PSYCHOLOGY

MODULE CODE : PYU609


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module explores the psychological factors operating within organisations and the workplace, and will examine current developments in the field. This module will outline the historical development of this discipline. This module will consider topics relating to human resource functions (including, personnel selection and assessment, and motivation) and it will explore workplace ergonomics, which will include workspace design, environmental conditions, and job design. Additionally, it will explore decision making and leadership.   Students will be offered practical experience of some of the techniques used in the field of work psychology, and there will be the opportunity to engage in small-scale research project in the workplace. It is anticipated that this module will offer students an opportunity to enhance their understanding of organisations thus aiding their preparation for the world of work.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 36.00
Independent : 164.00
Placement :
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

 

  • Extend students theoretical knowledge of psychology through a consideration of the field of work psychology.
  • Extend students’ awareness of the role of psychology in applied settings
  • Examine and evaluate the importance of individual differences in determining the effectiveness of workplace settings
  • Develop a critical awareness of work psychology in historical and applied contexts.
  • Critically evaluate the use of personnel selection methods
  • Examine the psychological aspects of the physical and organizational work environment
  • Contribute to the development of critical appraisal skills in evaluating work psychology literature
  • Illustrate how different approaches can be used to explain the same behaviour
  • Explore key issues and debates within psychology

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

 

  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge and critical awareness of concepts, theories, models, and relevant research evidence within work psychology, and to apply these to work related contemporary issues.
  • Illustrate a critical awareness of the interaction between the physical aspects work setting, individual psychological factors, and behaviour 
  • Evaluate and apply different methodological research designs in solving workplace problems
  •   Empirically evaluate the suitability of a workplace setting based on people’s self-reports and environmental factors 

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 50% Report (1500 words)

Component 2 - 50% Examination (2 hours)

ADVANCED QUANTITATIVE METHODS - optional module


Advanced Quantitative Methods


Module Title: Advanced Quantitative Methods

Module Code: PYU610

Module Summary:
This module will introduce students to advanced quantitative research methods and techniques and explore the philosophical underpinnings (epistemology and ontology) relevant to quantitative research design.

In particular, students will develop their understanding of various types of regression. Moreover, data analytical techniques such as factor and cluster analyses will be introduced. Students will be introduced to the basic principles behind meta-analysis. Moreover, students will develop their understanding of mixed method design and triangulation of data.

CATS Value: 20

ECTS Value: 10

Contact Hours:

Scheduled: 70
Independent: 130
Placement: 0
Total Hours: 200

Module Curriculum Led Outcomes:
This module aims to:

• Develop students understanding of advanced quantitative methodologies (e.g. types of regression)
• Introduce students to quantitative data analytical techniques (e.g. factor and cluster analysis, transforming data.)
• Introduction to meta-analysis.
• Develop students’ awareness of mixed method design and triangulation.
• Further develop students’ ethical awareness and research report writing skills.

Learning Opportunities:
Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

• Illustrate an awareness of limitations within research design
• Illustrate valid interpretations from a range of methodological outcomes
• Critically apply a range of methodologies in research designs
• Demonstrate an ability to generate and explore hypotheses
• Critically, analyse, present and evaluate quantitative and qualitative research findings
• Demonstrate the use of evidence-based reasoning to examine theoretical and ethical issues within quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

Assessment:

Component 1: 100% A quantitative research report for publication (3,500 words).

ADVANCED QUALITATIVE METHODS - optional module


Advanced Qualitative Methods


Module Title: Advanced Qualitative Methods

Module Code: PYU611

Module Summary:
This module will introduce students to advanced qualitative research methods and techniques and explore the philosophical underpinnings (epistemology and ontology) relevant to qualitative research design.

In particular, students will develop their understanding of various types of analysis such as Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis and Discourse Analysis. Students will also be introduced to the basic principles behind conceptual reviews. Moreover, students will develop their understanding of mixed method design and triangulation of data.

CATS Value: 20

ECTS Value: 10

Contact Hours:

Scheduled: 70
Independent: 130
Placement: 0
Total Hours: 200

Module Leader: Lorna Dodd / Stella Williams /Anatoli Karypidou

Pre-Requirements: PYU501 (L5-1) or equivalent.

Module Curriculum Led Outcomes:
This module aims to:

• Develop students understanding of advanced qualitative analytical strategies (e.g. IPA, DA)
• Introduction to systematic reviews.
• Develop students’ awareness of mixed method design and data triangulation.
• Further develop students’ ethical awareness and research report writing skills.

Learning Opportunities:
Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

• Illustrate an awareness of limitations within research design
• Illustrate valid interpretations from a range of methodological outcomes
• Critically apply a range of methodologies in research designs
• Demonstrate an ability to generate and explore research questions
• Critically, analyse, present and evaluate quantitative and qualitative research findings
• Demonstrate the use of evidence-based reasoning to examine theoretical and ethical issues within quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

Assessment:

Component 1: 100% A qualitative research report for publication (3,500 words).

ADVANCED CBT - optional module


Advanced CBT


Module Title: Advanced CBT

Module Code: COU617

Module Summary:
This module gives students knowledge of the most recent developments within Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. There will be a focus on how to apply cognitive behavioural approaches to practice, and an opportunity to critically reflect upon third wave cognitive behavioural concepts. There will be opportunities for students to continue to develop and critically reflect upon their ethical and professional awareness, and continue the process of self-reflection.

CATS Value: 20

ECTS Value: 10

Contact Hours:

Scheduled: 37 (Lectures & Seminars: 36: Drop-in tutorial time: 1)
Independent: 163
Placement: 0
Total Hours: 200

Module Curriculum Led Outcomes:
This module aims to:

• Enable students to further increase their knowledge of theory within the Cognitive Behavioural approach
• Further develop students’ awareness of ethical issues in counselling
• Enable students to enhance their understanding of how to apply cognitive behavioural approaches within therapeutic practice
• Enable students to critically evaluate current cognitive behavioural concepts in the light of other theories
• Use a range of resources, CBT tools and the Code of Ethics to identify and overcome problems and difficulties

Learning Opportunities:
Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

• Critically consider cognitive behavioural approaches to the treatment of common mental health difficulties
• Articulate an understanding of recent developments within cognitive behavioural counselling
• Critically consider how recent developments might impact upon their own working
• Critically compare recent cognitive behavioural concepts to concepts in other traditions
• Critically reflect on future avenues for professional development within CBT
• Evidence the ability to use written communication clearly, coherently and grammatically, within a given structure, using the standard referencing techniques of the discipline, demonstrating effective choice and organisation of material
• Make critical judgements and evaluations, identifying general principles and evaluating competing perspectives
• Work autonomously, setting personal goals and deadlines as appropriate in order to complete set tasks
• Extend subject knowledge through independent appraisal of a range of learning resources

Assessment:

Component 1: 50% Essay (1000 words)
A critical essay on therapeutic work using CBT

Component 2: 50% Case Study (2000 words)
Analysis of a hypothetical case study in the light of CBT approaches to working therapeutically with psychological distress

Course code


8C57

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