Course Overview

The Psychology and Counselling Skills foundation degree is ideal for those who are interested in developing theoretical knowledge and practical skills in psychology and counselling. Some modules will be tutor lead and will involve taking notes and writing assignments. Other modules will include more experiential learning through the practical application of skills. Research projects will also be a feature on each year of the programme.

In psychology you will gain an understanding of:

  • mental illness and psychological treatments
  • social influence in conflict situations
  • personality testing and how the personality predicts behaviour
  • psychological factors that influence and reduce offending behaviour
  • the development of gender and memory across the lifespan
  • the factors associated with positive psychology e.g. life satisfaction

In counselling you will develop understanding and / or practice of:

  • Gestalt, Person Centred and Transpersonal Therapy
  • Free Association, Transference and Transactional Analysis
  • Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies
  • Integrating Practice and Working within Ethical Guidelines
  • Drama, Arts, Sand-tray and Eco Therapy

All students will be required to undertake a counselling placement in year 2.

The full-time and part-time courses have one start point in September.

On completion of the Psychology and Counselling Skills foundation degree, you can progress onto the top-up BSc (Hons) Social and Therapeutic Interventions.

Please note: this foundation degree is not accredited by the British Psychological Society.

Course Details

Key Information

Course Code
Mode of Study
Full-time, part-time and modular study available
Foundation Degree
Awarded by
South Devon College
2 years (full-time), 3 years (part-time)
Location of Delivery
Academic Year
September 2024 - June 2026 (full-time) September 2024 - June 2027 (part-time)

The full time fees for the academic year 2024-25 are:

  • BA and BSc (Hons) – £9000.00 (per year)
  • Foundation Degree (FdA and FdSc) – £8825.00 (per year)
  • Higher National Certificate (HNC) – £8825.00 (per year)

For tuition fees for part-time courses commencing in September 2024, please contact the team on [email protected].

(Please note, some fees may differ depending on programme)

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