Do you want to discover how people can be empowered to live a happier, healthier lifestyle that encourages resilience against the stresses and strains of daily living?
You'll explore the relationship between theoretical psychology and counselling psychology and consider the theories, skills and techniques used in counselling psychology. In doing so you will consider the therapeutic alliance and the impact of counselling psychology in the wider social, political, pluralistic, economic and international context.
About this course
We’ll teach you about the wider issues affecting the counsellor and the client, focusing on their interpersonal relationship and the personal development needs of both.
You’ll develop an understanding of what causes psychological distress, but you’ll also explore positive aspects of human behaviour, uncovering what underpins optimal human functioning. Our lecturers have real-world experience in designing, developing, delivering and evaluating counselling interventions and counselling and behaviour change initiatives.
We’ll give you plenty of opportunities to get hands-on professional experience through work placements and volunteering opportunities. You’ll complete placements that will help you to develop a deeper understanding of vulnerable people and disadvantaged groups. You can even complete your placement abroad or take advantage of one of our Study Abroad opportunities.
You’ll also have the chance to expand your knowledge and experience by going on an international study trip, where flights and accommodation will be funded by the University. Previous students have been to Berlin, Germany, where they visited the Jewish Museum, the Stasi Museum, the Holocaust Memorial and Sachsenhausen concentration camp.
In your third year, you’ll get the freedom to tailor your course to your interests, helping you to carve the path towards your future career which may be as a Chartered Counselling Psychologist or perhaps working in one of the other professional areas of psychology or in traditional graduate employment.
Why study with us?
- Start your journey to becoming a Chartered Psychologist. This degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) which makes you eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership if you gain a second class honour degree or above on completion of the course.
- Learn from lecturers with real-world experience of the design, delivery, research and evaluation of counselling psychology interventions.
- Graduate with experience of supporting disadvantaged groups and observing psychology in the workplace, through the professional placements included with your degree.
This degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) (link opens in a new window/tab) which makes you eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership on successful completion of the course.
You will study a variety of modules across your programme of study. The module details given below are subject to change and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
During your first year, you'll study four core modules.
Introduction to Counselling Psychology (core)
You'll look at the philosophy, history and development of the three major schools in counselling psychology - psychodynamic, humanistic and cognitive-behavioural.
We'll outline the theoretical frameworks and techniques they use.
Discover the knowledge, skills, abilities and personal characteristics required to practise successfully as a counselling psychologist.
You'll develop an awareness and understanding of client issues, British Psychological Society (BPS) and British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) ethical guidelines and the law.
You'll also think about counselling psychology in a cultural, pluralistic and international context.
Issues of diversity and equality are integral elements of the module content.
Understanding Human Behaviour (core)
You'll learn about the core areas in psychology - biological, cognitive, developmental and social.
We'll look at the historical and cultural context and origins of modern psychology, including international and cultural perspectives.
You'll learn about brain structure and functions such as pain, fear, eating, drinking and sleeping.
We'll cover attention, memory, and problem-solving.
We'll look at lifelong development, personality and temperament, behavioural genetics, resilience and vulnerability, constructivist and constructionist theories, information processing approach, the role of education and ecological systems theory.
Learn about the history of psychology, social thinking, beliefs and judgements, attitudes and behaviours.
Professional Development for Psychologists 1 (core)
You'll get a foundation in professional development skills in psychology.
This includes individual difference psychology - looking at personality and the assessment of human psychology - and professional working practices.
You'll learn about conceptual and historical issues and the role of psychology in understanding issues of diversity in the workplace.
You'll develop skills valued by employers, particularly during the Professional Development Block.
You'll have meetings every two weeks with your personal tutor to support you and your professional skill development.
Introduction to Research Skills for Psychologists (core)
Get a foundation in quantitative and qualitative research design and analysis.
You'll learn about effective study design, ethical working practices, analysis and handling of qualitative and quantitative data.
You'll start using tools for data collection such as online surveys and E-Prime, and SPSS for analysis.
You'll take part in psychological research designed by yourself and by others.
Develop skills valued by employers and needed for investigative work throughout your degree.
During your second year, you'll study four core modules.
Counselling Psychology in Theory and Practice (core)
Get a deeper understanding of the major theoretical schools and their derivatives.
You'll consider 'the great psychological debate' and evaluate therapeutic interventions to see what works for different people in different conditions.
You'll also develop skills required to deliver effective counselling.
Mind, Brain and Social Behaviour (core)
We'll cover methodological and ethical issues related to psychological research and apply psychology to world issues.
You'll consider conceptual and historical issues in the areas of biological, cognitive, developmental and social psychology.
Professional Development for Psychologists 2 (core)
Develop your skills in individual difference psychology and professional working practices.
We'll introduce you to conceptual and historical issues relating to intelligence and the assessment of human psychology, including equality, diversity and social justice.
You'll do a professional placement at the end of the year or you can opt to volunteer over 12-20 weeks.
You'll have meetings with your personal tutor every two weeks, designed to support you and the development of professional skills.
Research Skills for Psychologists: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches (core)
Build on and extend your skills in quantitative and qualitative research design and analysis.
You'll take part in psychological research designed by yourself and others. T
We'll cover ethical issues in conducting psychological research, the design, control and analysis of experiments with more than one independent variable and learn how to use relevant software to collect data.
You'll learn how to analyse quantitative data, including distributions and transformation of data, two-way analysis of variance, post-hoc analyses and linear regression.
You'll use specialist software (e.g. SPSS, G*Power) to perform and interpret statistical analyses.
We'll also look at issues in qualitative research, including ethical issues, how to collect and analyse qualitative data using discourse analysis, grounded theory, interpretative phenomenological analysis and narrative analysis.
During your final year, you'll study three core modules and will be required to choose two option modules.
Psychology Research Project (core)
Complete an original investigation within a field of psychology you're particularly interested in.
Your project forms the culmination of the various research methods modules preceding it.
You may choose any research methods appropriate to your particular area of enquiry.
Applied Counselling Psychology (core)
Get a deeper understanding of the range of issues presented by the client.
Consider the different methods used such as integrative and eclectic, the stepped approach, time-limited therapy, guided self-help, group therapy, biblio-therapy and internet-therapy.
We'll also look at future issues and directions, such as positive psychology, disadvantaged groups, Eastern philosophies and career directions.
Your assessments are set within client case studies, designed to explore the contemporary ethical, social, political, pluralistic, cultural and international context of counselling psychology.
Professional Learning Through Work (core)
You'll get flexible opportunities to enhance your professional skills and graduate choices.
We'll tailor the module to your development as you apply theoretical understanding to a context of your choice.
It could include a work-based project within your professional setting or a skill-development approach addressing specific gaps in your portfolio.
Business Psychology (option)
You'll chart the timeline of an employee from career counselling to retirement.
You'll consider the influence psychology has in areas including career counselling, job design, recruitment, motivation, teamwork, leadership, disability, unemployment and retirement.
You'll look at the relevant history, seminal and contemporary theories, practical applications and future issues.
Psychology of Mental Health and Distress (option)
You'll get an introduction to psychopathology, diagnostic systems and psychological approaches to distress.
You'll consider potential causes of mental ill-health and their prevalence among varying populations, for example, age, race, and culture.
You'll look at mental health conditions and their proposed psychological treatments.
You'll critically evaluate interventions in terms of cost, outcomes and service user experience, and look at potential barriers to treatments and ways to overcome them.
You'll also cover the British Psychological Society's (BPS) Code of Ethics and Conduct and BPS activities related to mental health and the principles of social justice - access, equity, diversity, participation and human rights.
Critical Psychology (option)
You'll critically examine cognitive-experimental psychology.
Influences include Marxism, postmodernism, feminism, psychoanalysis, social constructionism and discursive psychology.
You'll apply and analyse these influences on areas of difference and inequality such as gender, sexuality, race, social class, health, mental health, criminality and work.
Get an introduction to cyberpsychology, looking at psychological phenomena related to technology.
Investigate how digital technologies have influenced individuals and groups in society.
You may cover topics including relationships online, computer games, addiction, cybercrime, children, young people and online behaviour and personality online.
Forensic Psychology (option)
You'll cover topics related to forensic psychology.
These include theories of crime, violent and sexual offenders, treatment, female offenders, personality disorder, risk assessment, forensic mental health and suicide and self-harm.
Health Behaviour Change in Context (option)
You'll explore how psychologists model human behaviour and how to modify this in the context of health within a relevant population.
You'll analyse and debate issues and problems in health psychology.
You'll differentiate interactions between the psychological, social and biological functions that lead to illness and compare and evaluate the relevant factors.
We'll cover UK and international perspectives and look at ethical issues in health psychology.
Each week you'll look at a different contemporary health issue in the context of behaviour and health outcome. These could include physical activity in pregnant women and the general population, and smoking in lower social economic status groups.
Psychology Negotiated Essay (option)
You'll write critically about a selected and approved area in more depth than is possible in other assessed essays.
You'll develop your ideas for the negotiated essay with the guidance of a supervisor with expertise in your area of interest.
You'll have up to three hours of supervision.
Psychobiology of Stress and Illness (option)
Get a broad overview of stress and illness, and how biological processes are influenced by stressful events.
We'll cover stressors, stress appraisal, hormonal changes, neurotransmitter processes, the immune system, cardiovascular disease, affective disorders, addiction, epigenetics, coping strategies, navigating stigma and seeking help.
In groups, you'll do informal presentations on your progress during the module.
You'll also get a personalised podcast on Panopto revolving around your group work, enabling further clarification and points of discussion.
Environmental Psychology (option)
Explore how we impact the environment and how the environment impacts us from a psychological perspective.
You'll look at psychological approaches to understanding, assessing, and modifying peoples’ environmental awareness and behaviours.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals underpin the module content.
Illusions, Biases and Cognitive Impairments (option)
You'll use examples of sensory illusions, cognitive biases and disorders to explore important cognitive mechanisms and their neurological basis.
We'll use sensory illusions such as Kanizsa figures and rubber hand illusions to illustrate the perceptual system.
Processing disorders such as prosopagnosia and object agnosia will help you understand how sensory information is integrated.
We'll showcase the systems underlying human thinking through cognitive biases.
Professional work placements
Experience matters. That's why we include professional work placements with every undergraduate degree.
How does it work?
Careers and Placements will work with you to find your perfect placement or help you arrange your own, whether that's in Leeds, another part of the UK or even abroad. You will be able to take part in a series of workshops, events and live ‘employer challenges’ to boost your confidence and prepare you for your placement.
During your placement, you will have an opportunity to gain degree-relevant work experience, build your knowledge of career sectors and secure valuable employer references and industry contacts. This experience will help you to shape your career decisions and find the right path for you.
Recent placements have included working in the health and social care professions, supporting children with Leeds Children’s Services, supporting the rehabilitation of people with drug dependency and shadowing psychologists at NHS Leeds. Our placement partners include Leeds Mind, Leeds Women’s Counselling and Therapy Service, Oxfam and Samaritans.
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Learning and Teaching
At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and provide you with the tools and support to help you achieve your academic, personal and professional potential.
Our Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy delivers excellence by providing the framework for:
- high quality teaching
- an engaging and inclusive approach to learning, assessment and achievement
- a clear structure through which you progress in your academic studies, your personal development and towards professional-level employment or further study.
We have a strong reputation for developing student employability, supporting your development towards graduate employment, with relevant skills embedded throughout your programme of study.
We endeavour to develop curiosity, confidence, courage, ambition and aspiration in all students through the key themes in our Learning and Teaching Strategy:
- Student Involvement and Engagement
- Integrated Programme and Assessment Experience
- Digital Literacy and Skills
- Employability and Enterprise
To help you achieve your potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and real-world activities. This approach ensures that you fully engage in shaping your own learning, developing your critical thinking and reflective skills so that you can identify your own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape your own development.
We believe the secret to great learning and teaching is simple: it is about creating an inclusive learning experience that allows all students to thrive through:
- Personalised support
- Expert lecturers
- Strong connections with employers
- An international outlook
- Understanding how to use tools and technology to support learning and development
Your time on campus, learning through in-person teaching, is at the heart of your academic experience and the way we deliver our programmes. This is supported and further enhanced by additional engagement activities and opportunities provided online and through digital teaching materials. This blended approach seeks to ensure a positive learning and teaching student experience.
Your programme of study has been carefully designed around a three-phase model of delivery:
- Preparation: You will be given clear tasks to support you in preparing for live teaching. This could include watching a short-pre-recorded lecture, reading a paper or text chapter or preparing other material for use in class.
- Live: All your live teaching will be designed around active learning, providing you with valuable opportunities to build on preparation tasks, interact with staff and peers, and surface any misunderstandings.
- Post: Follow-up activities will include opportunities for you to check understanding, for staff to receive feedback from you and your peers to inform subsequent sessions, and for you to apply learning to new situations or context.
Preparation, Live and Post teaching and learning and the digital materials used will vary by course, but will be designed to help you structure your learning, take a full and active part in your course, and apply and test your developing knowledge and skills.
A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for your programme, allowing you to apply and demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that you have developed.
For more details on specific assessment methods for this course contact email@example.com
Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.
Information about the large range of qualifications we accept, including A-Levels, BTECs and T Levels, can be found on our entry requirements page. If you need additional advice or are taking qualifications that are not covered in the information supplied, please contact our Admissions Office.
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Fees and finance
UK Home Students:
Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2024/2025.
Part-time tuition fees will be prorated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying.
Depending on government policy, tuition fees may change in future years.
Tuition fees for 2025/26 entry will be set in summer 2024.
Living costs, e.g. accommodation, travel, food, will also need to be taken into consideration.
Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study.
International Students, including EU Students:
Visit our webpage for international students.
Part-time study is not available for international students on a Student Route Visa.
We advise students that there may be additional course costs in addition to annual tuition fees:
- Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own.
- On some courses there may be additional costs, such as field trips, equipment, accreditations, that may be part-funded by the University. More details will be provided at the start of the course.
- You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure.
- The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.
How to apply
For full-time undergraduate courses, you apply through UCAS. That's the University and Colleges Admissions Service.
On your application form, you'll need to know our institution code - it's L24 - and the course code. If you click through to the UCAS website using the button below, it'll take you to the right place with all the information you need.
You'll need to write a personal statement - we've prepared a guide to help you.
You can now apply for 2024 entry. The UCAS application deadline for courses starting in September 2024 is 31 January 2024.
If you require a Student Route Visa in order to study in the UK, then you must meet all the conditions of your offer and present all supporting documentation required for the visa application no later than Friday 26 July 2024.
There's lots more information about the application process on the UCAS website, or you can get in touch with our admissions team who will be happy to help:
Providing you with the opportunity to develop the professional skills and experience you need to launch your career is at the heart of everything we do at Leeds Trinity University.
You’ll gain an excellent grounding for counselling and related health and social care professions, including social work, care work, social services and teaching. If your aim is to become Chartered Counselling Psychologist or to become a Chartered Psychologist in any of the other professional area of psychology, this course will prepare you for postgraduate study. It will also prepare you for traditional graduate employment.
After you graduate, Careers and Placements will help you as you pursue your chosen career through our mentoring scheme, support with CV and interview preparation and access to graduate employability events.
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