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Psychosocial Studies and Principles of Psychodynamic Counselling

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C-B,B,B

UCAS Tariff

96-120

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About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Part-time | 2022

Subject

Social psychology

The BA Psychosocial Studies and Principles of Psychodynamic Counselling combines the field of psychosocial studies with an exploration of the principles that underpin psychodynamic?counselling.

By taking this course, you will look at how individual identity, including unconscious structures and dynamics, are developed in conjunction?with,?and do not exist apart from, the social categories and processes that shape our experience of who we are.

The BA Psychosocial Studies and Principles of Psychodynamic Counselling will enable you to develop your self-awareness and emotional sensibility. You will also acquire a diverse academic knowledge base which could help you develop your personal interest or professional aspirations in any number of areas within the caring professions.

This course is for those who are interested in a future career in psychodynamic counselling or psychotherapy, or those who wish to apply the principles and methods of psychodynamic counselling to their work or their lives.

**Highlights**

- Birkbeck has 50 years' experience of teaching psychodynamic counselling and practice and an excellent reputation with employers.

- Staff within our innovative Department of Psychosocial Studies have a keen interest in the development of new and innovative psychosocial methods, as well as forging new theoretical trajectories across a range of critical fields of enquiry.

- The department is genuinely interdisciplinary, with academics coming from backgrounds in anthropology, cultural and postcolonial studies, education studies, gender and sexuality studies, literary studies, critical psychology, psychoanalytic studies and sociology.

- In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), Sociology at Birkbeck was ranked 13th in the UK.

**Careers and employability**

Graduates can pursue career paths in social research, education, psychotherapy or the media and creative arts. Possible professions include:

- psychotherapist

- higher education lecturer

- community arts worker

- charity officer

- community development worker.

We offer a comprehensive Careers Service - Birkbeck Futures - your career partner during your time at Birkbeck and beyond. At every stage of your career journey, we empower you to take ownership of your future, helping you to make the connection between your experience, education and future ambitions.

Modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment methods

There are no examinations for this degree. Coursework includes formal academic essays and short pieces of professional/self-reflective writing to describe the development of increased capacity for self-awareness, emotional sensibility and interplay of subjective and social experience.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
International
£14,560
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Birkbeck, University of London

Department:

Psychological Sciences

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

87%
high
Social psychology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Psychology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
67%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

76%
Library resources
73%
IT resources
78%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
20%
Male students
80%
Female students
86%
2:1 or above
27%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

After graduation


We don't have more detailed stats to show you in relation to this subject area at this university but read about typical employment outcomes and prospects for graduates of this subject below.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Psychology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£23k

£23k

£24k

£24k

£22k

£22k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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Lower entry requirements
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BA (Hons) 3.0 Years Full-time 2022
UCAS Points: 72
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