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Psychology with Counselling with Foundation Year

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

1 GCSE at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

UCAS Tariff

48

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Psychology

Counselling

If you are fascinated by Psychology but do not yet meet the entry requirements of our degree courses, this foundation year is your opportunity to gain the essential knowledge and skills you need before starting an undergraduate degree in this exciting subject. A foundation year prepares you for degree-level study, giving you the confidence and skills needed to make the most of your course. This option is ideal if you do not meet the entry requirements for our Psychology degree courses, or feel you are not ready for the transition to studying Psychology at Higher Education level.

On this course, we will introduce you to the fundamental concepts and theories in psychological science. Focusing on both classic and contemporary studies, you will learn about the history of psychology and discover the scientific methods used in our research. This will give you a solid foundation from which to build your knowledge further as you progress through your degree.

You will also develop skills necessary to succeed in university-level studies, such as critical thinking, research, academic writing and independent study. You will be well supported throughout your foundation year, with an academic tutor and a team of technicians and teaching assistants to help you reach your full potential.

You can take your learning further and become part of our research community through our Psychology Research Participation Scheme. This means taking part in some of the psychological studies run by staff and students within the department.

This is a great opportunity to improve your confidence, build your study skills and gain a thorough grounding in the subject before studying it at a higher level.
The Bachelor of Science (Honours) Psychology with Counselling employs the scientific approach to understanding behaviour and introduces students to the practical skills required for effective counselling. Students develop a sound understanding of basic psychological processes and are trained in the scientific methods used by psychologists and counsellors. Throughout the degree, students participate in laboratory work and work to the British Psychological Society Code of Ethics. Students critically evaluate the major theoretical approaches to psychology and counselling, and begin to develop their own counselling skills. The programme equips graduates with the basic scientific grounding and theoretical understanding required for advanced level studies.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,750
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

York St John University

Department:

Psychology

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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.

86%
med
Psychology
85%
med
Counselling

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

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
76%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
74%
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

90%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
79%
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?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
14%
Male students
86%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
9%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
D
B

Counselling, psychotherapy and occupational therapy

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
80%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
93%
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

95%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
95%
Course specific equipment and facilities
68%
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?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
14%
Male students
86%
Female students
70%
2:1 or above
12%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
E

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.

Psychology

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.

£16,500
low
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
54%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Teaching and educational professionals

20 years ago, this was a specialist degree for would-be psychologists but now it is the model of a modern, flexible degree subject. One of the UK's fastest-growing subject at degree level, and the second most popular subject overall (it recently overtook business studies), one in 23 of all graduates last year had psychology degrees. As you'd expect with figures like that, jobs in psychology itself are incredibly competitive, so to stand a chance of securing one, you need to get a postgraduate qualification (probably a doctorate in most fields, especially clinical psychology) and some relevant work experience. But even though there are so many psychology graduates — far more than there are jobs in psychology, and over 13,800 in total last year — this degree has a lower unemployment rate than average because its grads are so flexible and well-regarded by business and other industries across the economy. Everywhere there are good jobs in the UK economy, you'll find psychology graduates - and it's hardly surprising as the course helps you gain a mix of good people skills and excellent number and data handling skills. A psychology degree ticks most employers' boxes — but we'd suggest you don't drop your maths modules.

Others in subjects allied to medicine

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.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
89%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

75%
Therapy professionals
7%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
4%
Public services and other associate professionals

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.

£16k

£16k

£20k

£20k

£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.

Allied health

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

£21k

£21k

£23k

£23k

£26k

£26k

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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