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Psychology (Counselling and Mental Health) with Social Sciences Foundation Year

Entry requirements


A level

D,D

In combination with other qualfiications

Access to HE Diploma

M:45,P:15

In combination with other qualifications

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

MP

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

PPP

OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma

MM

OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma

D

OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma

MM

Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF)

MM

In combination with other qualifications

Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF)

MP

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

PPP

In combination with other qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MP

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

PPP

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

M,M

Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)

D

UCAS Tariff

48

A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at PPP or BTEC Diploma at MP or equivalent. Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

A

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2022

Subject

Social sciences

Want to explore sociology, psychology, social work or adult nursing practice but not quite ready to study at degree level?

Students will study a range of topics that are central or highly relevant to the study of the social sciences. You’ll explore areas such as mental health and wellbeing, contemporary issues in social sciences, and professional practice to help prepare for undergraduate study.

The course has an applied focus – students are encouraged and enabled to apply their theoretical knowledge to real world problems, such as mental health, psychological wellbeing and everyday problem-solving.

On successful completion of the foundation year, students will be eligible to progress onto our sociology programme or one of our psychology undergraduate degrees, which are accredited by the British Psychology Society. Students interested in social work or adult nursing practice can apply and be interviewed for either of these degrees.

During this foundation year, you’ll begin to develop the academic writing and independent learning skills necessary to study a scientific discipline. You’ll also begin to learn the basics of thinking and writing in social sciences.

You’ll be taught by an experienced team who are accessible and approachable, and ultimately dedicated to providing an inclusive learning environment.
The course offers an introduction to a range of topics within psychology and sociology and other social science disciplines

**What does this course lead to?**
Studying this foundation degree can help you on to the path of studying a full criminology, psychology, sociology, social work or adult nursing practice undergraduate degree. If you meet all the requirements at the end of the course you could go on to study the BSc (Hons) Psychology (Counselling and Mental Health) course.

**Who is this course for?**
The course is specifically designed for those wanting to study social sciences but who do not meet the entry requirements. It is also suitable for those who wish to refresh their academic skills and subject specific knowledge before starting an undergraduate degree.

Modules

FOUNDATION MODULES
Professional Practice
Contemporary Issues in Social Sciences
Crime and Risk in Society
Media Project in Social Sciences
Investigating in the Social Sciences
Psychological Approaches to Mental Health

On successful completion of the foundation year, you will automatically progress onto the BSc (Hons) Psychology (Counselling and Mental Health) course where you will study the following modules:

YEAR 1 - CORE MODULES
Exploring Psychology
Psychology across the Lifespan
Quantitative Data Analysis
Quantitative Psychology
Debates in Psychology
Applications of Psychology

YEAR 2 - CORE MODULES
Brain and Behaviour
The Social Individual
Psychological Research
Psychological Research in Action
Psychological Wellbeing
Counselling: Application and Practice

YEAR 3 - CORE MODULES
Counselling Psychology Research Project
The Professional Self in Therapeutic Settings
Issues in Mental Health

YEAR 3 - OPTIONS (please note that not all options are guaranteed to run each academic year)
Behaviour Change for Health and Wellbeing
Advanced Analytical Methods
Psychology Placement
Extended Essay

Assessment methods

Students are assessed by a combination of presentations (individual and group), essays, practical reports, portfolios (e, non-essay written assignments consisting of a variety of written pieces based on independent learning), and in-class electronic tests.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Solent University offers a number of bursaries, grants and scholarships. For more information, please visit https://www.solent.ac.uk/finance/grants-bursaries-scholarships/bursaries

The Uni


Course location:

Solent University (Southampton)

Department:

Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

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What students say


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.

Sociology, social policy and anthropology

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
26%
Male students
74%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
10%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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D
C

After graduation


The stats in this section 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.

Sociology, social policy and anthropology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
84%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Protective service occupations
13%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

This section covers a range of subjects that are often very different, so if you have a particular course in mind, the data here might not fully reflect the possible outcomes from your particular choice. Graduates from these subjects tend to do similar sorts of things to graduates from other social studies courses, so welfare and community roles are common, as are education, whilst graduates also often go into management, marketing and HR jobs and jobs in the police, and employment rates are good in general — but talk to course tutors and attend open days and try to get stats for the course you’re interested in.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Sociology, social policy and anthropology

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

£18k

£18k

£23k

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£25k

£25k

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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