Psychology and Counselling Studies BA (Hons) - with Foundation Year

Course length: 4 years full-time


What is the course?

Newman University is piloting a new innovative foundation year for their social science degrees. The pre-degree year of this four year course, if passed, leads into the same study programme as the 3 year joint honours degree course of Psychology and Counselling Studies.

This foundation year enables those unable to access the traditional UCAS tariff requirements for a three year degree, an alternative route into beginning and ultimately gaining an honours degree.


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.

Further Information

For further information regarding years 2, 3 and 4 of this course please visit the 3 year degree course details.
Psychology and Counselling BA (Hons)

What is it about?

The Foundation Year in Social Sciences promotes student understanding of education, society and the social sciences alongside consideration of their own educational journey, to effectively prepare them for degree level study. It sees personal reflection, growth and high levels of student determination as essentials. It provides a supportive learning environment which develops confidence, intellectual curiosity in tandem with the ability to manage working as a member of a team as well as autonomously. The programme emphasises non-formal adult learning and democratic development on an individual and community level.

Students apply for a named foundation year degree but can swap onto other degrees within the Foundation Year route in the course of the year, if the subject agrees.

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

All students apply through UCAS for a four year named degree, which includes the Foundation year.

A typical offer to students will be between 48 and 80 UCAS tariff points to access the programme.

However, as all applicants will be invited to interview, there is opportunity to discuss any circumstances that may have affected the accrual of level three credits. Those with considerable work and life experience of a complexity that demonstrates an aptitude to study at degree level, but with no formal qualifications, will also be accepted.

Different degree pathway options available at the end of the Foundation year have different entry requirements. Whilst not a condition of entry onto the Foundation Year, students wishing to enter particular routes will need to meet these by the time they complete the year. please see the respective course pages on the Newman University website for further details. Psychology and Counselling Studies 3 yr BA (Hons)


Fees per academic year: 2017/18* 
Fees are currently £4,560 for the Foundation Year 0 and are funded through the government loan scheme (effectively meaning people undertake a four year degree).

Fees for the following three years are currently £9,250 per year. Please go to the standard 3 year degree page for details.
Psychology and Counselling Studies BA (Hons)

* 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 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.

Psychology and Counselling Studies BA (Hons) - with Foundation Year

The Foundation Year

The foundational modules Studentship, Education and Society (1) & (2) go across the programme, examining what is needed to be successful in higher education including one’s personal disposition towards learning. These work through student’s experiences of formal assessment such as exams, reading academically and academic writing conventions, to help develop strategies in overcoming barriers to effective engagement. Concurrently students will undertake the module Foundations of Social Sciences. This explores the relevance of philosophy, politics, sociology, psychology and economics, and applied social science such as sports science, criminology and health to student’s everyday lives.

In the second semester and in tandem with the second Studentship module, students undertake two projects. In Understanding and Exploring Society, students apply what they have learnt to the real world. Students then investigate and make a case for studying on the subsequent course they wish to study. This involves undertaking both desk based research and interviews with lecturers and current students, as well as undertaking direct experience of the teaching conducted across at least two courses within the pathway.

For course content for years 2,3, and 4 of this course please visit the 3yr full-time degree page Psychology and Counselling Studies BA(Hons)


Course code


Course Code: C803
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