BSc (Hons) Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling

It’s good to talk and professional counsellors and psychotherapists are in growing demand in these pressured times. Our British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling degree offers core knowledge in these three disciplines, along with the opportunity to gain ABC accredited qualifications in counselling skills.

BSc (Hons) Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling

Course details

Psychology is a core component of psychotherapy and counselling and the University of Bolton offers one of the oldest and most established psychology courses in the UK. Our BSc (Hons) Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling degree offers you the chance to learn about the interaction between these disciplines, gaining an appreciation of the diversity of perspectives involved, along with an understanding of their therapeutic use.

Our friendly and experienced team will guide you as you develop knowledge of the theories, methods and debates central to the three core elements. We’ll support you as you explore psychology, gain specific counselling skills, and consider broader social issues that impact on the roles of psychotherapist and counsellor, such as assumptions, stereotyping, diversity and prejudice. We’ll also focus on developing your knowledge and skills in the use of psychological research methods, and your appreciation of the ethical issues involved.

Inter-personal and transferable skills are also vital, so we’ll challenge you to develop sought-after communication, problem solving, numerical, analytical, self-management, IT skills, and more. Overall, our dedicated team are focused on helping you gain the skills employers’ value along with a detailed understanding of psychology, counselling and psychotherapy.

  • UCAS points: 112
  • Start date: 21/09/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BSc (Hons)
  • UCAS code: C850
  • Duration: 3 years

Course highlights:

  • Our psychology courses are ranked top in the UK for teaching quality by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020, as well as top in the UK for student satisfaction by The Complete University Guide 2020.
  • This course is one of only a few Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling degrees in the country accredited by the British Psychological Society. Accredited as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartership, this degree is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.
  • Integrated into this degree are opportunities for you to gain accredited qualifications in counselling skills. Through successful completion of this degree, you’ll also achieve the Level 2 and Level 3 Certificates in Counselling Skills conferred by ABC Awards.
  • We emphasise inter-personal, transferable and employability skills as well as academic success. After graduation, you may have the opportunity to progress onto professional qualification in applied psychology, such as our Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies.
  • We focus strongly on employability skills and the practical application of your studies as well as academic success. Workshops will involve analysis of life events and role playing of various scenarios using case study material. You can also benefit from final year applied sessions in counselling skills.
  • Your personal tutor will be on hand to support you throughout your degree; one of our team of helpful and approachable psychology staff with a diverse range of research interests and professional experience.
  • We’ve invested to create a learning environment that offers innovative methods of teaching and assessment using top-class facilities, such as our observation laboratory with video cameras, microphones and video editing equipment.

Key features:

  • We stress the applied nature of psychology throughout the programme, emphasising learning through experience to help prepare you for further professional qualifications in psychology, counselling or psychotherapy.
  • We’ll explain the principles and methods of psychological research, including the collection, analysis, reporting and interpretation of data. During your final year you’ll have the opportunity to carry out an individual research study.
  • Teaching is dynamic and varied using methods that include lectures, small group work, discussion groups, case studies, demonstrations and laboratory workshops. You’ll be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning with opportunities for you to participate and gain practical experience.
  • Course content is delivered by our highly-qualified staff who have substantial experience in the field. By offering personal supervision throughout the course, we aim to give you the best possible opportunity to achieve your true potential.

Entry requirements

  • UCAS points: 112
  • Start date: 21/09/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BSc (Hons)
  • UCAS code: C850
  • Duration: 3 years

Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3.

You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English Language and Mathematics.

We're more than happy to have an informal chat with you about this course, either over the phone or in person. If you wish to meet in person, please contact the Programme Leader to arrange a mutually convenient time. (While we reserve the right to interview it's not our usual practice for this course.)

If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details. Find out more

Career opportunities

Psychology, psychotherapy and counselling is an ideal combination of subjects for those who are seeking a career helping people or those who want to undertake further training in counselling psychology, psychotherapy, or other applied psychology professions.

On completing the course, you’ll be able to demonstrate graduate skills such as problem solving, critical evaluation and independence of thought, deductive reasoning, interpersonal awareness and excellent team work and communication skills.

What can I do with this qualification?

Graduates tend to work in a wide variety of settings, and in recent years, there has been a rapid expansion in the application of counselling skills in all aspects of everyday life. This has led to roles in numerous organisations which include the NHS, police service, prison service, secondary schools, further and higher education, mental health, civil service and social work departments. Employment in these roles often involves working with adults and/or children and young people dealing with issues such as relationship difficulties, anxiety, bereavement and mental health problems.

Some of the more obvious job roles include clinical psychologist, educational psychologist, teacher, mental health worker, social worker, police officer and counsellor. For some of these roles, both relevant experience and postgraduate study is required.

Psychology graduates with British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation will also be able to progress onto professional qualifications in applied psychology.

For those wishing to pursue a career in counselling and psychotherapy, this course will serve as an excellent forerunner to the MSc Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies course.

Alternative career options

  • Coaching and guidance services
  • Mentoring
  • Family mediation
  • Teaching and education
  • Nursing
  • Retail management
  • Human resources
  • Market research

Professional recognition

Successful completion of the degree course is approved as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society, provided the minimum standard of qualification of second class honours is achieved.

The British Psychological Society is the professional body for psychologists.

Through the successful completion of the module "Introduction to Counselling Concepts" (PPC4001) you’ll gain the ABC Accredited Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills.

Through the successful completion of the module "Counselling Skills" (PPC5001) you’ll gain the ABC Accredited Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills.

Fees & funding

Home/EU fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2020/212021/222022/232023/24
2020/21 £9,250£9,250£9,250-£27,750
2021/22 -nullnullnullnull

International fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2020/212021/222022/232023/24
2020/21 £12,450£12,450£12,450-£37,350
2021/22 -nullnullnullnull

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply


September start

Please apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for September entry.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211


The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email

Teaching & assessment


Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Introduction to Counselling Concepts
  • Cognitive and Biopsychological Perspectives
  • Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology
  • Understanding the Person
  • Application of Psychology
  • Contemporary Issues in Psychology
  • Counselling Skills
  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Social and Critical Psychology
  • Personality and Developmental Psychology
  • The Therapeutic Process
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychology of Loss and Trauma
  • Cyber Psychology and New Media
  • Social Neuroscience
  • The Honours Project
  • Applications of Counselling Skills

Teaching, learning and assessment

The overall teaching and learning strategy for Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling is student-centred. We use a blended approach meaning you’ll have face-to-face sessions, sometimes one-to-one, and take part in online learning. You can expect a mix of seminars, lectures and tutorials, practical classes, laboratory workshops, videos, self-directed study, IT and library sessions, and guided study. The University’s e-learning portal Moodle will support your online learning and provide a convenient way for you to communicate with fellow students who are studying the same modules. We’ll also encourage you to use the internet for research.

Guest lectures and presentations by a variety of visiting speakers from relevant employment areas will offer you the chance to further develop your knowledge and understanding.

Our assessment strategy is designed to help you organise and develop your learning and to evaluate your achievements. You can expect time-constrained exams, as well as coursework, such as essays, practical reports, statistical assignments, seminar and poster presentations, portfolios, and others. These contribute to your final marks and allow you to demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for the course. Your assessed work is submitted online via Moodle with feedback also given through this portal.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (67%), Written exams (33%)
Level Two Coursework (50%), Written exams (50%)
Level Three Coursework (100%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (66%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (34%)
Level Two Guided independent study (74%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (26%)
Level Three Guided independent study (75%), Placement/study abroad (5%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (20%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • UCAS code:
  • Course type:
  • Start date:
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
    BSc (Hons)
  • UCAS points:
  • Duration:
    3 years

Contact us

Julie Prescott
Programme Leader
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903676

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903