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Psychology is about people, how they think, act, react and interact. Counselling is about listening to people, giving them time and space to explore the issues which are important to them. Explore two complementary and exciting disciplines with this integrated course.
Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, group work and e-learning. We encourage you to develop independent study skills. You will also have opportunities to present ideas to other students and develop concepts within groups. Teaching takes advantage of the University’s specialist psychological and computer laboratories.
As well as assessments that count towards your degree, there are also on-going assessments for feedback and consolidating your learning. Assessment methods include written coursework, projects, presentations and exams.
Genes to Mind (20 credits)
- Consider the relationship between biology and the human mind
- Examine how DNA ultimately gives rise to thinking, conscious and complex human beings
- Explore genetics and evolution, as well as the core areas of biological psychology, cognitive psychology and individual differences across topics as diverse as addiction, altruism, and sexuality
Mind to World (20 credits)
- Learn the story of how single units of personhood (or ‘minds’) interact with one another and come together to create societies
- Focus on the way in which humans communicate with each other and operate in their social world
- Explore the core areas of developmental psychology, cognitive psychology and social psychology across topics such as perception, language, interpersonal relationships, emotion, autism, and psychopathy
Foundations of Psychological Research (40 credits)
- Take an introductory look at the scientific basis of psychology and its historical context
- Learn about a variety of research methods in psychology, and use this knowledge in practical work on a number of research projects in areas such as dark personalities and cognitive development
- Acquire knowledge of how the data from psychological research is analysed
Academic Mentor 1 (20 credits)
- Meet with personal tutors who will act as academic mentors for both group and individual sessions
- Develop academic skills (such as essay writing and referencing) and get an introduction to the career landscape for when you graduate
Introduction to Theories and Concepts in Counselling (20 credits)
- Gain a broad introduction to counselling
- Cover two key elements, the first centring on understanding the central concepts in contemporary practice across the main theoretical approaches, and the second focusing on understanding the three main counselling schools (psychodynamic, humanistic and CBT approaches)
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Twenty-Four, Seven: Everyday Motivations and Biases (20 credits)
- Apply social, cognitive and biological psychology to understanding everyday motivations and biases in, for example, perception and memory
- Explore topics including vision and sensory perception, social group processes, aggression, eyewitness testimony and eating disorders
Cradle to Grave (20 Credits)
- Meet a fictional family as you learn about the psychology of the human journey through the lifespan, from parent-offspring conflict in the womb to explanations for ageing and death
- Explore topics including attachment, the 'teenage brain' and challenges in adolescence, personality development and cognitive change
Psychological Research (40 credits)
- Work on a number of research projects across core areas of psychology
- Develop more advanced skills in research methods, and gain opportunities to have input into research design as you become more skilled
- Learn more advanced data analysis skills and apply these in the research projects
Personal and Professional Development (10 credits)
- Reflect on your personal and professional development in the context of employability
- Take advantage of the opportunity to engage in personal development through self-reflection, classroom exercises and related reading, and meet with your personal tutor to set academic, personal and career goals
Foundations of Counselling and Listening (30 credits)
- Develop basic counselling and listening skills
- Practice different skills, watch video demonstrations, see tutor demonstrations and engage in discussions based on experience of practising skills or study of case scenarios
Empirical Project (40 credits)
- Work with a supervisor to apply what you have learned in research methods modules to your own research project
- Report your findings in an extensive research report, and present your project in the form of an academic poster at our poster conference
From Lab to Life: Big Issues in Psychology (10 credits)
- Engage with some of the ‘big issues’ at the cutting edge of psychology, for example, the place of psychology within the wider field of science, free will, consciousness and the implications of personality disorders for criminal responsibility
Mental Health and Illness (20 credits)
- Explore a number of psychological approaches to mental health problems and the therapies and treatments associated with them
- Cover a number of common mental health conditions, as well as the perspectives of users of mental health services
- The module will be of interest to you if you are hoping to enter clinical or therapeutic work
Contemporary Counselling in Context (20 credits)
- Critically examine the debates surrounding the provision of counselling in the twenty-first century
- Approach a number of contemporary real-world issues from a counselling perspective, including homelessness, eating disorders, alcoholism and domestic violence, for example
Our typical offer is 112 UCAS points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (e.g. 1 x AVCE double award).
We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.
The annual fee for this course is:
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
Sunderland has a good reputation with employers - 94.2% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating, according to DHLE 2015/16 (based on UK undergraduate students).
Graduates from this course can move into a broad range of careers spanning management, personnel, social work, public services, counselling and advertising, or alternatively, pursue postgraduate qualifications in specific fields of psychological practice such as clinical or forensic psychology.
Counselling careers include educational counselling (where you help deal with difficulties in learning and social adjustment), forensic counselling (where you become an expert in psychological issues associated with criminal behaviours), and clinical counselling (where you deal with mental and physical health problems).