Why study Psychology and Counselling?

This foundation degree is aimed at students who work or want to explore the possibility of working in either psychology or counselling. Students may be already involved in these areas, but on a voluntary basis, or in an assistant capacity. The course combines theory and practice, including work experience.

The Foundation Degree in Psychology and Counselling has been designed to provide students with a preliminary grounding in a selection of approaches to counselling, covering both the theory and the psychological underpinnings relating to the theories. An important aspect of the programme is the strong link with the workplace. Students are expected to apply their academic learning to the workplace, but also to reflect on their experience and set it into an academic understanding of counselling and its practice.

Students attend workshops, seminars and lectures to give grounding in the counselling theories underpinning the counselling practice and the psychological theories relating to and supporting the counselling theories. In addition work experience makes a substantial contribution to each module.

Why St Mary's?

The aim of the degree is to provide a taster of both counselling and psychology and will not qualify students to practise as either counsellors or psychologists.

Successful completion of the programme leads to the award of a foundation degree and provides students with the opportunity of continuing their studies through either a BSc Psychology degree (or a psychology-related subject), or through further counselling courses.

This is a full-time course. Part-time study is also available. Please contact nigel.domingos@stmarys.ac.uk for more details.

St Mary's course and employment stats

In the latest HESA Destinations of Leavers survey 95% of St Mary's students were employed or undertaking further study within six months of graduating.

St Mary's also scored 93% for teaching satisfaction and for 92% course satisfaction in the 2017 Guardian University Rankings.