Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - Psychology with Counselling (with Foundation Year)

4 years
5,500 GBP/year
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
Multiple Locations / United Kingdom
Arden University

Program description

Students who require additional time to prepare for university study can enroll in our BSc (Hons) Psychology with Counselling with Foundation Year program. This training will get you ready for a career in psychotherapy or IAPT. It's a prerequisite for the British Psychological Society's autonomous route into counselling psychology education, and it lends credence to doctoral applications in the field.

Gaining proficiency at the foundation level prepares you to succeed in your undergraduate studies. Lessons will be given in arithmetic, research, and working together. Two modules covering the fundamentals of psychology and counseling are offered as well. After the first year of study, you will focus on subjects including sociology, psychology, biology, and development. Courses in Counseling Psychology, Basic Counseling Skills, Psychological Health and Wellness, Psychological Evaluation, and Therapeutic Process Management are also available.

The undergraduate counseling program at Arden prepares students for a wide variety of career paths. As you study with cutting-edge digital resources, you'll have access to our expert academic staff of industry professionals, authors, and psychologists with doctorates.

Program structure


Foundation level

  • Modules for July 2023
    • Using Numeracy, IT and Data
    • Research Skills and Using Information
    • Values, Ethics and Working Collaboratively
    • Developing Academic Skills
    • Crime and Law in Context
    • Psychology of Everyday Life
  • Modules from September 2023 onwards
    • Preparing for University Success
    • Exploring the Social World
    • Advancing your Academic Skills
    • Examining Social Justice
    • Planning for Your Future Success
    • Investigation & Innovation Project

Level 4 

  • Introduction to Studying Psychology (20 credits)
  • Social Psychology (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Developmental Psychology (20 credits)
  • Biological Psychology (20 credits)
  • Cognitive Psychology (20 credits)

Level 5

  • Qualitative Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Quantitative Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Positive Psychology (20 credits)
  • Personality and Intelligence (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Counselling Psychology (20 credits)
  • Core Counselling Skills (20 credits)

Level 6

  • Health and Psychological Well-being (20 credits)
  • Psychological Assessment and Formulation (20 credits)
  • Counselling Psychology, Mental Health and Illness (20 credits)
  • Managing the Therapeutic Process (20 credits)
  • Counselling Research Project (40 credits)


Blended Learning

  • Fee per level - 9,250 GBP
  • Foundation year fee - 4,000 GBP

Online Learning

  • Fee per level - 5,500 GBP
  • Foundation year fee - 4,000 GBP

Requirements for applicants

  • At least 3 x GCSEs or 45 credits at Level 2 or equivalent. If your qualifications are more than 3 years old we may also ask to see your professional CV.
  • Applicants may be considered based on a minimum of 12 months of professional work experience evidenced with a CV and Reference if they do not meet the qualification requirements.  
  • We also offer this course as a standard bachelor’s degree without foundation year.

Candidates are required to submit a personal statement (of between 350-550 words) or attend an interview demonstrating an ability to study for the programme. This statement should include:

  • Your motivation for undertaking the programme
  • Why you’ve chosen your particular course
  • Any long-term goals or career aspirations

English proficiency

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent
  • Alternatively, evidence you have previously studied in English, such as a letter to show that the Medium of Instruction was in English, can be accepted.

About the university

Arden University provides flexible and accessible higher education. From our beginnings in 1990 as the online learning partner for British institutions, we've developed to provide both online and blended learning degree programmes that match the needs of modern living. We offer more than 90 career-focused degrees, many of which are recognised by the British Psychological Society, the Chartered Management Institute, the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation, the Association for Project Management, and others.

Our mission is to shape business. You choose the self-development course and learning style, and we'll provide you the skills and insight to succeed.

Many of our students work, have families, and other commitments while studying, yet they require a Degree, Master's, or MBA to maximize their career. We love offering students the flexibility to study and attain their goals, even when they're too busy to visit a study center or be on a schedule. We hope you'll join.

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