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Want to become a counselor? This course is the only one in the country to combine accreditation by the British Psychological Society with modules recognized by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB).

We’ll cover ethics and theoretical approaches as well as applied modules to provide you with the skills to make a difference in people’s lives. Learning by doing increases self-awareness – that’s why learning through role play and group work is so effective.

Why study Psychological Counselling at LSBU?

  • Pioneering: LSBU is one of the first universities in the UK to deliver courses that integrate core areas of psychological knowledge.

  • Our staff is experts, with a great deal to share.

  • Professional accredited by the British Psychological Society and recognized Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body.

  • Access our psychology lab complex – home to an eye-tracking facility, observation room, and unique Pub Lab, which featured in BBC 1 documentary ‘The Truth About Alcohol’.

We also offer a variety of specialist psychology degrees:

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (Addiction Psychology)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (Child Development)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (Clinical Psychology)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (Forensic Psychology)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (Health and Nutrition)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (Sports Psychology)


Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 3 years September
Part-time 4.5, 6 years September


You can expect to learn through both traditional methods and experiential learning, i.e. learning through action, which will enhance your self-awareness. How we feel, behave, think, learn, communicate and remember – we’ll cover all aspects of being human. As well as dedicated modules to develop your counseling skills and psychological research methods. If you want to make a difference in people’s lives through counseling, this course gives you an excellent foundation.

Year 1

Semester 1:

  • Counseling skills 1
  • Psychological research methods 1
  • Introducing psychological approaches

Semester 2:

  • Counseling skills 2
  • Psychological research methods 2
  • Exploring psychological approaches

Year 2

Semester 1:

  • Psychological research methods 3
  • Psychology of learning and memory
  • Psychology of feelings

Semester 2:

  • Psychological research methods 4
  • The psychology of behavior with others
  • The psychology of thinking and communication

Year 3

Semester 1:

  • Counseling studies 1

Plus one optional module from:

  • Psychology of Mental Health
  • Health Psychology
  • Psychology of Inter and Intragroup processes
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Psychology of addictive behaviors
  • Professional placement in psychology

Semester 2:

  • Counseling studies 2

Plus one optional module from:

  • Thinking: past, present, and future
  • Art, awareness and the brain
  • Applied psychometrics
  • Neuropsychology
  • Development of brain and behavior in infancy
  • Professional placement in psychology

Semester 1 and 2:

  • Empirical project

All modules are assessed by a combination of academic posters, case reports, essays, examinations, group presentations, and research proposals.


Completing this course doesn’t qualify you to practice as a trained counselor, it does, however, set you on this path. Having recognized certificates in counseling skills and studies are the first step to a career in counseling and psychotherapy. Or you could follow a career in clinical, forensic, educational or occupational psychology.

Psychology is all about understanding people – that’s a pretty fundamental skill-set, crossing every sector and industry you can think of. Many psychology graduates put their psychology skills to work in human resources, in marketing and market research, in teaching and publishing. Well-defined skills in literacy and numeracy skills make Psychology graduates attractive to lots of employers and professions, including the Civil Service.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market, you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
  • Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
  • mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

Teaching and learning

Your Lecturers are leading practitioners in their fields, so everything we do is industry relevant.


We use a range of assessment methods, and train you in these methods as you advance through your studies. The methods used are:

  • Essays
  • Practical reports
  • Unseen exams
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Scenario-based reports
  • Case studies
  • Posters
  • Executive reports
  • Portfolios
  • Group work folders.


We will support you throughout your studies, providing one-to-one support via our professional tutoring system. Your tutor will help you understand coursework feedback, offer guidance as you plan your career, and advise you on work experience to ensure you get the most out of the course. Teaching is also supported through seminars, online learning environments and specialist advice sessions for topics such as statistics and research methods. In addition to the facilities provided by the university, the psychology laboratory has dedicated computing and experimental equipment.

Professional tutoring

As an undergraduate Applied Sciences student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.

Your tutor should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have appointments with your professional tutor 3-4 times a year for 30 minutes throughout your course. Learning support hours will be advertised and available for you to book additional time with your tutor. If these are fully booked you can contact your tutor for additional support by email.

Entry requirements

  • A Level BBB or
  • BTEC National Diploma DMM or
  • Access to HE qualifications with 24 Distinctions and 21 Merits or
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 120 UCAS points.
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.

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Last updated September 8, 2018
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sept. 2019
3 - 6 
9,250 GBP
Full-time UK/EU fee: £9250; International fee: £13125. Year 1 Part-time UK/EU fee: £5550; International fee: £7875
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