BSc (Hons) Psychology with Counselling and Psychotherapy

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A 60-year-old woman struggling to deal with the sudden death of her mother. A teenager experiencing depression. A 26-year-old man with lived experience of domestic violence as a child.

Psychology is the science of the human mind and behaviour. How we think, behave and interact with the world around us.

Distressing experiences and emotional trauma can be devastating. It can affect every aspect of our lives, from our relationships with our families to our ability to cope at work.

And that’s where a counsellor or psychotherapist can help.

On this three-year course, some of the topics you might study include categories of illness and labels (such as anxiety or depression), how to work with people with different psychological difficulties such as eating disorders and chronic pain and the ethics of working therapeutically in mental health.

You’ll also explore topics from the influence of family, gender and culture on our development to memory recall and language, as well as how to analyse statistics in our computer labs.

Some of the therapeutic skills you’ll normally learn are acceptance, empathic listening, questioning techniques, how to develop practitioner resilience as well as how to observe a patient or client, how to use digital media to record, and how to give appropriate feedback. You’ll mostly learn through role play activities in pairs and small groups.

Features and Benefits

  • Accredited course- Our course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

  • Specialised study- You’ll explore the therapeutic aspects of psychology, helping to prepare you to begin a career in Counselling or Clinical Psychology, counselling and psychotherapy or related psychotherapeutic professions.

  • Outstanding facilities- You’ll have access to our specialist facilities for psychology demonstration and practice, which includes an fNIRS imaging research device, 12 experimental testing laboratories and six psychology laboratories.

  • Teaching expertise- Our teaching staff includes practicing researchers, Counselling and Clinical Psychologists, Forensic Psychologists and community psychologists.

  • Study abroad- You’ll have the option to choose our four year Study Abroad route. Completing your third academic year at one of our partner institutions in Europe, America, or Australia.

"The staff offer drop in sessions on the psychology floor nearly every day, so it we need help they are always around to guide us or offer us some advice, which I think it really useful and important” Kira Maw, BSc (Hons) Psychology student

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

“I chose to study psychology because I have a deep interest in human behaviour and biology. A degree in psychology also offers the ability to learn many more skills that you cannot with other degrees, such as the ability to view the world in a more communal and empathic way.”

Jack Nightingale, BSc (Hons) Psychology

Career Prospects

As a psychology graduate, there’s a diverse range of career paths you could take. You might decide to pursue a career as a psychologist or use your transferrable skills to work across sectors from education to human resources.

After further training you may want to set up your own counselling practice or work as part of a mental healthcare team in the NHS, whichever setting, you’ll help a variety of individuals cope with a range of distressing emotions.

Graduating with a 2:2 honours classification or higher, and passing your dissertation project, you’ll be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) from the British Psychological Society (BPS). This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required


A Levels - Grades BBB excluding General Studies.  

Acceptable alternatives e.g. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/Diploma/Extended Diploma at Level 3 (Grades DDM) in Applied Science or Health Professions.

We do not accept Extended Project or CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education & Care (Early Years Educator - VRQ).

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or grade 4.

Equivalent qualifications (e.g. Functional Skills Level 2 in Numeracy and Literacy and Key Skills) are not accepted for this course.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with an overall Tariff point score of 120.  Acceptable subjects are Psychology, Social Sciences, Biology/Human Sciences and Health Professions.

International Baccalaureate points

26 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with no component below 5.5, taken within two years of course stard date

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Additional Requirements

Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be required prior to enrolment.

Further information

In addition to formal qualifications it is recognised that students who wish to study psychology may have diverse backgrounds.

Therefore, it would be helpful if the following could be outlined in the application:

a) Your reason for choosing psychology

b) Any work experience you may have undertaken

c) Any interests of hobbies that you enjoy or take part in

Furthermore, remember that it is vital your personal statement is clear and well presented.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course you may be eligible for our foundation year.

Course details

The department offers a diverse psychology teaching curricula. We cover a whole spectrum of subjects including cognitive psychology, critical, health and community psychology and both quantitative and qualitative methods.

You’ll have lots of variety each week, as you’ll experience different teaching methods across each psychology topic. You’ll usually have days with a mix of lectures, practical sessions mostly learning key practice skills through role play activities in pairs and small groups.

Assessment is normally through a combination of formal examinations and course work, which may include essays, reports, group projects, practical exercises and presentations.

In your first year, you’ll explore a wide range of key topics to develop a thorough understanding of psychology and the contemporary issues in psychology. You’ll focus on developing practical skills which may include how to conduct an intervention or how to train other professionals.

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Core Units

Personal and Professional Development in Psychology

This unit will enable you to prepare and engage with work-based learning opportunities. It will enable you to develop your knowledge and skills whilst reflecting on theoretical frameworks and concepts that relate to the psychology of group work, learning and study.

The unit will also enable you to personally develop your employability skills and the knowledge necessary for the competitive psychology graduate job market, including `"professional behaviour" and "emotional intelligence". You will engage in developing a professional etiquette, and through psychological theory, will be able to identify and apply theoretical concepts related to social and community psychology to enhance work-based learning. Reflective practice and critical thinking will be a key component of this unit.

Term one will provide you with pre-placement preparation information in a classroom setting.

Key Topics in Psychology

Key Topics is an introductory unit covering foundational theories and practices from five core psychological disciplines.

The unit is designed to provide an overview of key theories and practices from five British Psychological Society core psychological disciplines. Unit content, whilst integrated and complimentary, is subdivided into distinct sections: Biopsychology, Cognitive, Developmental, Individual Differences and Social. Central topics will be covered within each discipline.

Transitions into Counselling and Psychotherapy

This unit introduces alternative pedagogies in Counselling and Psychotherapy, in which you will work independently and collaboratively, to negotiate unit content and modes of assessment.

This unit will employ small group student led teaching, as part of the tutorial system. During this unit, you will be encouraged to develop a collaborative approach to your learning of Counselling and Psychotherapy. During unit tutorials small groups will be encouraged to work collaboratively to select a topic from a predefined range, which focus on a key debate or challenge within Counselling and Psychotherapy.

This approach will foster independent learning and team working as a forerunner to employability, as well as a sense of belongingness to your student group.

Investigating Psychology 1

In this unit, we introduce you to commonly used research designs and statistics within psychology, including methods of analysing quantitative and qualitative data and the conventions of reporting psychological research, including the displaying of data.

Contemporary Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy

This unit aims to introduce you to the different ways in which counselling and psychotherapy issues can be understood by covering a range of topics linked to staff practice and research interests.

In this unit, contemporary issues in counselling and psychotherapy are placed in their social, historical and applied setting. Contemporary issues and debates related to counselling and psychotherapy will be explored from a variety of theoretical perspectives. Topics covered will reflect challenges and advances in theory, practice and policy in relation to, for example, mental health, therapeutic models and processes.

In your second year, you’ll continue to build on the knowledge and skills learnt in year one. You’ll usually complete a separate Extended Counselling and Psychotherapy unit. This is to help you develop the skills you’ll need to build and maintain a therapeutic partnership with your clients.

Some of the skills you’ll normally learn in this unit are acceptance, empathic listening, questioning techniques, resilience, and online counselling, as well as how to observe a patient, how to use digital media to record, and how to give appropriate feedback. You’ll mostly learn through role play activities in pairs and small groups.

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Core Units

Investigating Psychology 2

Development of knowledge and skills in using advanced research designs, including quantitative and qualitative analysis. Content will cover the collection, analysis and reporting of both quantitative and qualitative data.


The unit will address core topics in biopsychology, providing a biological perspective to understanding human and animal behaviour.

Cognitive Psychology

This unit covers a range of key areas in cognitive psychology. It provides a foundation for understanding contemporary issues, debates and methods in this interesting and core psychological field.

You will critically explore key areas of cognitive psychological theory and research. This will include discussion and evaluation of the theory and methodological issues.

Lifespan Development

This unit is designed to explore a range of developmental psychological topics over the course of the lifespan.

You will explore a range of theoretical, methodological and applied aspects of developmental psychology. The unit will cover a range of developmental psychological topics across lifespan.

Critical and Social Psychology

This unit explores social psychological topics, and differences in approaches to social psychological knowledge.

It will cover areas of social psychology outlined by the British Psychological Society, for example social cognition, attribution, attitudes, group processes and intergroup relations, culture, close relationships, social constructionism, self and identity, and leadership. Through the exploration of these topics you will consider alternative paradigms, perspectives and approaches in social psychology and the ways in which social psychological knowledge is impacted by the context in which it is gained.

Difference and Diversity in Counselling and Psychotherapy

The relevance of individual differences within counselling and psychotherapy will be explored together with an examination of the need for therapeutic practice to support these differences. The difference section will focus on the related areas of personality and individual differences while the diversity sections may cover historical and contemporary issues relating to diversity and inclusivity.

In this unit, you will learn about approaches that help us to understand individual differences in personality, in intelligence, and in other aspects of mental life.

Extended Counselling and Psychotherapy Project

The unit will support your development of personal self-efficacy and your ability to work in groups by requiring you to form a community of practice to produce a group poster and individual presentation, informed by ethical research.

Building on skills developed across level four study, you will work collaboratively to design a project around an issue in counselling and psychotherapy. You will work in groups to complete a literature review to identify an appropriate research question in counselling and psychotherapy and design a research project taking into account barriers and ethical considerations to carrying out this project. You will also maintain a learning journal/reflexive log.

You will not be required to collect data to carry out this study.

In your final year, you’ll focus on preparing for and completing your dissertation, along with building on practical skills you have learned in years one and two.

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Core Units

Counselling and Psychotherapy Dissertation

During year two (level five) of your studies, you are normally required to develop a title and outline plan for your dissertation in consultation with a named supervisor. The dissertation must be within Counselling and Psychotherapy.

During year three (level six), your dissertation supervisor will usually hold regular supervision meetings with you. These meetings will provide ongoing guidance and formative feedback to enable you to plan your research, construct your research proposal and complete your journal report.

This unit helps you to develop the skills to be able to:

  • Critically evaluate published psychology, counselling and psychotherapy literature and derive research
  • Ask questions appropriate to counselling and psychotherapy
  • Design research, plan analysis and communicate effectively how these address specific research aims
  • Conduct research with due consideration of ethical issues and in accordance with the BPS ethical guidelines
  • Plan and manage a psychology research project which relates to counselling and psychotherapy
  • Complete an independent piece of empirical work with appropriate analyses and evaluation
  • We provide tutorial support to a quota of students determined annually.
Preparing for your Counselling and Psychotherapy Dissertation

Preparing for your Counselling and Psychotherapy Dissertation is a unit covering issues pertinent to the development of a research proposal and ethics application in preparation for empirical research.

The unit is designed to equip you to develop suitable research aims and questions for an empirical research project based in a literature review, and to plan for appropriate methodologies that will cohere with these. The unit will engage you with ethical issues and ethical approval for their proposed dissertation research in line with Faculty and British Psychological Society guidelines and Code of Ethics. 

Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice

The unit aims to introduce the skills needed to build and maintain a therapeutic relationship and explore a client scenario within the context of a counselling or psychotherapeutic encounter.

Learn and practice through role-play, key psychotherapeutic skills including those needed to build and maintain a therapeutic relationship and explore a client scenario. Work in pairs, triads and small groups and engage in observation, evaluation and learn to offer appropriate peer feedback. Use digital media to record and evaluate work. Reflect on professional development throughout the unit.

Counselling and Psychotherapy Skills

The unit aims to introduce the skills needed to build and maintain a therapeutic relationship and explore a client scenario within the
context of a counselling or psychotherapeutic encounter.

Learn and practice through role-play, key psychotherapeutic skills including those needed to build and maintain a therapeutic relationship and explore a client scenario. Work in pairs, triads and small groups and engage in observation, evaluation and learn to offer appropriate peer feedback. Use digital media to record and evaluate work. Reflect on professional development throughout the unit.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:


Department of Psychology

Our Department of Psychology is a large, diverse team of accredited psychologists, which includes practicing researchers, counsellors, and forensic and community psychologists.

The department aims to bring a real, relevant and modern perspective to teaching, with a view to using its wealth of knowledge, skills and enthusiasm to inspire the next generation of psychologists.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £15,000 to £16,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, you choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. You may also need to print your assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop and up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Placement Costs


Professional Costs


Other Costs



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