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BA (Hons) Psychology with Counselling With Foundation Year

Course Overview

Our BSc (Hons) Psychology with Counselling with Foundation Year has been designed for students who will benefit from an additional year of academic support at the start of their degree studies. The course provides you with an entry point into other counselling related qualifications such as psychotherapy or Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT). Once accredited, it will also give you eligibility to enrol on the British Psychological Society’s independent route to training as a counselling psychologist and can support applications for a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. During your foundation level you’ll gain the skills and confidence you need to complete your undergraduate degree with confidence. You’ll learn study skills in areas such as numeracy, research methods, and working collaboratively. You’ll also study two introductory modules in psychology and counselling. After your foundation year you’ll study the main psychology curriculum areas such as social, cognitive, biological, and developmental psychology and research methods. Alongside this, you will also have the opportunity to take counselling specific modules including; Counselling Psychology, Core Counselling Skills, Health and Psychological Well-being, Psychological Assessment and Managing the Therapeutic Process. Studying this specialised undergraduate counselling course with Arden will provide you with multiple future career and study options. You’ll have access to modern, digital learning tools as you study and you’ll also have full support from our dedicated academic team, who are internationally respected industry practitioners, published authors and PhD holders in the field of psychology.


On the course you’ll study subject modules that have been created specifically to help you gain career focused skills in professional counselling. Your studies will culminate with choosing an area of counselling practice on which to focus and produce your own research project at the end of your final year. By the time you graduate, you’ll have the confidence and ability to apply your knowledge of psychology to a range of exciting career paths and further learning opportunities. Throughout the course you’ll have one-to-one support from your lecturers and academic skills tutors, as well as frequent invitations to online coffee mornings with your fellow students and staff and personal academic tutor support sessions. You’ll also be able to start developing industry links and networks by attending sessions with guest speakers from a wealth of areas, including policing, the NHS, and the UK Fire Service. Above all, our academic team, who come from a range of professional and cultural backgrounds, will help you learn through real-world context, helping you understand how your new skills are best applied in practice.
Foundation Year
  • Using Numeracy, IT and Data
  • Research Skills and Using Information
  • Values, Ethics and Working Collaboratively
  • Developing Academic Skills
  • Crime and Law in Context
  • Psychology of Everyday Life
Year 1
  • Introduction to Studying Psychology (20 credits)
  • Social Psychology (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Developmental Psychology (20 credits)
  • Biological Psychology (20 credits)
  • Cognitive Psychology (20 credits)
Year 2
  • Qualitative Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Quantitative Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Positive Psychology (20 credits)
  • Personality and Intelligence (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Counselling Psychology (20 credits)
  • Health and Psychological Well-being (20 credits)
Year 3
  • Core Counselling Skills (20 credits)
  • Psychological Assessment and Formulation (20 credits)
  • Counselling Psychology, Mental Health and Illness (20 credits)
  • Managing the Therapeutic Process (20 credits)
  • Counselling Research Project (40 credits)

Entry Requirements

Level 3 or equivalent qualifications are desirable. European and other International qualifications are accepted. Offers are not solely based on academic results: Your skills, achievements and life experience are also taken into consideration. If you do not have any previous qualifications please contact us and we will be happy to assist you with your application.

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