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

Honours Degree with Foundation Year , Full-time

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Key Details

  • 4 Years
  • 48-80 Typical UCAS Tariff
  • C803 Course Code
  • Full Time
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Overview

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Why study this course?

Newman University is delivering an 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.

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.

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)

 

Directions

Course Fees

Fees per academic year: 2018/19* 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)

*Fees shown are for 2018/19 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

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.  Find out more about completing the DBS application form and the related additional costs.

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Modules

Psychology and Counselling Studies BSc (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 3 year full-time degree page Psychology and Counselling Studies BSc (Hons)

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  1. STUDENTSHIP, EDUCATION AND SOCIETY 1
    (Compulsory) fys001
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module examines what is needed to be successful in higher education, including one’s personal disposition towards learning alongside how to develop the necessary skills required to be successful in HE. It will deconstruct student’s experiences of more formal aspects of assessment such as exams, reading academically and academic writing conventions, helping them develop a plan to overcome barriers to effective engagement. It also seeks to deconstruct and reform their views on what constitutes knowledge, education and learning, drawing on theories around critical pedagogy.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled : 48.00 Independent : 152.00 Placement : Total :  200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

    • Enable students to understand the nature of studentship, education, knowledge and learning, and apply it to their everyday lives

    • Enable students to understand their own journey within the structures of education and prepare effectively for further degree level study.

    • Enable students to develop confidence, intellectual curiosity and the ability to manage their learning.

    • Promote peer-to-peer and staff-to-student relationships that reflect those needed for success in HE.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

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

    • Demonstrate an understanding of the knowledge base of education and studentship and current debates within the subjects

    • Show understanding of their own motivations fears and barriers to further study and develop appropriate strategies for being successful in HE

    • Assesse own capabilities against given criteria, take responsibility for completing tasks and seek clarification and appropriate help where needed.

    • Take responsibility for self and others and work in a professional and ethical manner.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - % Pass/Fail Element: Adherence to Group and Individual Learning Contracts

    Component 2 - 10% Education Timeline (10 minutes, 500 word equivalent)

    Component 3 - 90% Patchwork Portfolio (2000 word equivalent)

  2. STUDENTSHIP, EDUCATION AND SOCIETY 2
    (Compulsory) fys002
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    Building on FYS001, this module continues to examine what is needed to be successful in higher education, including one’s personal disposition towards learning alongside how to develop the necessary skills required to be successful in HE. It will further deconstruct student’s experiences of more formal aspects of assessment such as exams, reading academically and academic writing conventions, helping them develop a plan to overcome barriers to effective engagement Students will further examine and challenge what universities are, who they are for, and how they are structured, with a focus on how best they can traverse the institutions systems, and where necessary challenge them. The module thus provides the opportunity to practice academic tasks that are designed to explore key university systems, processes and support mechanisms, whilst encouraging students to plan for the maintenance and development of their individual skills and abilities needed for success in Higher Education.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled : 48.00 Independent : 152.00 Placement : Total :  200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

    • Enable students to understand the nature of studentship, education, knowledge and learning, and apply it to their everyday lives.

    • Enable students to understand their own journey within the structures of education and effectively prepare them for further degree level study.

    • Enable students to develop confidence, intellectual curiosity and the ability to manage their learning.

    • Enable students to understand the structures and systems of Higher Education and develop skills to effectively traverse them

    • Ensure students can evaluate evidence, arguments and assumptions and begin to reach judgements and communicate information

    • Promote peer-to-peer and staff-to-student relationships that reflect those needed for success in HE.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

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

    • Analyse and relate their experiences to underlying theoretical frameworks and approaches within social sciences, carrying out appropriate research.

    • Demonstrate an ability to respond to the HE environment and assessment regimes such as exams, assignments, presentations and in developing skills in skills in group work, literacy, reading, writing, numeracy and using learning resources

    • Assesses own capabilities against given criteria, take responsibility for completing tasks and seek clarification and appropriate help where needed.

    • Take responsibility for self and others and work in a professional and ethical manner

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - % Pass/Fail Element: Adherence to Group and Individual Learning Contracts

    Component 2 - 10% Glossary (500 words)

    Component 3 - 90% Patchwork Portfolio (2500 word equivalent)

  3. FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIAL SCIENCE
    (Compulsory) fys003
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module aims to promote a philosophical way of thinking in students and as such, will cover the core of philosophy, politics, economics, sociology and psychology as well as its applications. Students will think philosophically through an examination of everyday philosophy in everyday life and how we use its languages.

    Politics is examined to discuss why it is often not seen as important and explores questions such as:  who votes? Why not? How are decisions made and who gets to make them? What is left and right, globalisation, environmentalism and immigration? 

    Starting with their own situations, and those of their communities, students examine how economies work and people make money or not. They will go on to explore how and why some economies boom and bust, how prices are determined, why do people earn more and why.

    The history of sociology as a subject, and what it is to think sociologically will be explored. Themes discussed during the module include those on what is society? What is meant by functionalism? What are conflict models and post structuralism?  Issues pertinent to those in the classroom are examined and include, but are not exclusively limited to class, race, disability and gender.

    Psychology, its history and debates are discussed through an exploration of its different major schools including cognitive/ biological, behavioural and psycho dynamic approaches. Themes as relevant to the student body, possibly including issues such as violence, adolescence, crime, mental health, masculinity and sexuality are subsequently examined. Furthermore, some of the areas that have developed into distinct areas of social sciences, including criminology, health and social care, social policy and sports and wellbeing are debated.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled : 72.00 Independent : 328.00 Placement : Total :  400.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

    • Enable students to understand the nature of social sciences and its applications

    • Provide a conducive learning environment that enables students to see the relevance of social sciences in their everyday lives

    • Support the development of student confidence, intellectual curiosity, the ability to manage their learning within the social sciences as a member of a team and autonomously.

    • Enable students to be confident in researching topics and concepts within the social sciences from a multitude of sources

    • Ensure students have a grounding in evaluating arguments, abstract concepts and data in the social sciences and making appropriate judgements

    • Develop key transferable skills including the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility, decision-making and other abilities needed to undertake further study

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

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

    • Understand the knowledge base of social sciences

    • Develop an awareness current areas of debate within the social sciences and their applications 

    • Relate their experiences to underlying theoretical frameworks and approaches within social sciences, including carrying out appropriate research.

    • Analyse a range of social science related information using pre-defined principles, frameworks or criteria.

    • Take responsibility for initiating and completing tasks and procedures

    • Develop an awareness of the ethical issues in the social sciences

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - % Pass/Fail Element: Adherence to Group and Indivdual Learning Contracts

    Component 2 - 20% Essay (1000 words)

    Component 3 - 80% Patchwork Portfolio (5000 word equivalent)

  4. UNDERSTANDING AND EXPLORING SOCIETY
    (Compulsory) fys004
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module asks students to undertake a practical social sciences related project. Supported through initial input and group tutorials student will go through a process. Firstly, they need to understand a community’s issues and concerns through conducting a community profile. Subsequently, they need to deconstruct the issues and attempt to find generative themes of common concern which can be seen through a social science framework. This is done via applying knowledge and theory, unpacking issues and making wider connections. Students will then need to analyse what is going on further, generating new themes, new theory and making connections. Finally, students demonstrate understanding of political and policy structures, coming up with strategies and planning for action.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled : 36.00 Independent : 164.00 Placement : Total :  200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

    • Enable students to apply their understanding the nature of social sciences and its applications to a real world context

    • Enable students to manage their learning and work as a member of a team and autonomously.

    • Develop students’ confidence, intellectual curiosity and ability to manage and applying their learning within the social sciences to applied situation

    • Enable students to be confident in researching topics and concepts within the social sciences from a multitude of sources

    • Ensure students have a grounding in evaluating arguments, abstract concepts and data in the social sciences and make appropriate judgements in real world situations

    • Develop in students key transferable skills including the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility, decision-making and other abilities needed to undertake further study

     

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

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

    • Apply their understanding of the knowledge base of the social sciences to real world situations, illuminating current debates within them

    • Apply their knowledge of education and the education system, including the nature of knowledge and learning about social sciences

    • Analyse and relate their experiences to underlying theoretical frameworks and approaches within social sciences, carrying out appropriate research.

    • Develop skills in group work, literacy, reading, writing, numeracy and use learning resources

    • Take responsibility for initiating and completing tasks and procedures in conjunction with others

    • Take responsibility for self and others, including the community, and work in a professional and ethical manner

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - % Pass/Fail Element: Adherence to Group and Individual Learning Contracts

    Component 2 - 50% Community Profile (Groups of 3-6, 1500 words)

    Component 3 - 50% Group Presentation of Community Plan (30 minutes, 1500 words equivalent)

  5. PROPOSAL FOR SUCCESSFUL FURTHER STUDY
    (Compulsory) fys005
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    In this module students will investigate, and have the opportunity to make a case for the course they wish to go on to study, and how they will overcome any barriers. They will have the opportunity to undertake both desk-based research and interviews with lecturers and current students. They are expected to reflect upon their direct experiences of the teaching of at least two courses, and expose themselves to a real world experience related to their choice as negotiated with the tutors, the potential subject tutors and their study group. Students will create a poster that identifies which course they want to study, why, what the barriers may be for them, and how they are going to overcome them.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled : 36.00 Independent : 164.00 Placement : Total :  200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

    • Enable students to build on their core understanding of the nature of social sciences and identify which aspect of the social sciences they wish to specialize in and why

    • Enable students to understand and articulate their intended journey within the structures of education and show how they are now prepared for degree level study.

    • Enable student to demonstrate how they have developed confidence, intellectual curiosity and the ability to manage their learning.

    • Enable students to show how they have adjusted to the demands of learning at HE level and can function in a modern professional environment and have acquired sufficient information and digital literacy.

    • Ensure students can demonstrate their grounding in evaluating arguments, abstract concepts and data are able to make judgments and to frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution - or identify a range of solutions - to a problem

    • To enable students to demonstrate how they have developed the key transferable skills necessary for further study and employment including: the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility, decision-making, communication to multiple.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

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

    • Demonstrate an understanding of the knowledge base and current areas of debate within the social sciences and their intended study area

    • Show understanding of their own motivations, fears and barriers to further study

    • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of appropriate strategies for being successful in HE 

    • Show how their experiences relate to underlying theoretical frameworks and approaches within social sciences and their intended subject

    • Investigative options and communicate results effectively, including how they will traverse the HE environment and assessment regimes such as exams, assignments etc and develop specific skills in group work, literacy, reading, writing, numeracy and using learning resources

    • Assesses own capabilities against given criteria.

    • Take the responsibility for initiating and completing tasks and procedures, adapting own behaviour to meet obligations to others.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - % Pass/Fail Element: Adherence to Group and Individual Learning Contracts

    Component 2 - 100% Poster Presentation (2000 word equivalent, plus 10 minute discussion)