BSc in Psychology with Counselling (Honours)

The Open University

Program Description

BSc in Psychology with Counselling (Honours)

The Open University

BSc in Psychology with Counselling (Honours)

The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised. From everyday worries to serious mental health issues like chronic anxiety and depression, counselling and psychological therapy can help us cope. This degree explores theoretical and practical perspectives in these two closely aligned subject areas, with a specific focus on how counselling works and how it can help people change.

Key features of the course

  • Takes a broad look at the field of psychology, the workings of the mind and why people behave as they do
  • Considers how counsellors and psychologists contribute to debates on different counselling approaches, mental health conditions, diagnosis and treatment options
  • Explores how psychology is critical to understanding mental health, relationships, education and employment
  • Develops a wide range of transferable skills that are highly prized by employers

Educational aims

The degree aims to provide you with:

  • an understanding of key concepts, theories, methods and debates in psychology and counselling
  • an appreciation of different perspectives within psychology and the ability to evaluate them critically
  • practical experience of designing, carrying out, analysing and reporting psychological research using a range of research methods
  • an understanding of a variety of different counselling perspectives and their implications for practice
  • an understanding of the application of psychology to social, educational, practical and professional issues
  • a range of generic skills as detailed in the Benchmark document for Psychology
  • a degree which fulfils the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (provided students commencing their OU degree study from 1 September 2006 onwards achieve at least the equivalent of a 2:2 classification) and which provides the basis for further postgraduate study in psychology
  • support and guidance to improve their own learning and performance and develop as independent learners.


We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are:

  • Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront.
  • If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632.
  • Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study.
  • The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £15,792 based on our current fees.

NB: Prices are subject to change.

How long does it take?

  • Part time – 6 years
  • Full time – 4 years
  • Time limit – 16 years

Career relevance

The BSc (Hons) Psychology with Counselling is relevant to a broad range of careers, including those within the health and social care system, and organisations in the statutory and voluntary sectors. Knowledge of human behaviour, counselling and related ‘people skills’ are recognised by employers as real assets in working with individuals and teams. You’ll gain a theoretical basis in counselling that will prepare you to train to become a professional counsellor and work with a diverse range of people and issues, such as mental health problems, relationship problems, physical illness and trauma.

Please note that this psychology degree with a specialism in counselling theory does not qualify you to practise as a counsellor or a counselling psychologist.

  • Counselling psychology is a branch of chartered psychology, and there is a specific training route to this profession – for which this degree is excellent preparation
  • Counselling – if you are interested in a career in this area you will need to do professional training in counselling with practise-based elements, such as the Foundation Degree in Counselling (X09) offered by the OU in partnership with the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB).

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to study this degree. You will however need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process.

Read more about this programme on the Open University website here

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Last updated October 23, 2017
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