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BSc Psychology with Counselling with Foundation Year

Want to pursue a role in psychology or counselling but need a little extra support before starting your degree studies? Arden University’s BSc Psychology with Counselling with Foundation Year has been designed to do just that, providing you with key academic study skills before going on to develop your understanding of psychology and counselling.

Quick Facts

Part-time Duration: 4 to 6 years
Starting in: January, April
Tuition Fee: £20,805 (UK), £16,500 (International)
Location: Online

During your foundation year, you’ll build and refine the skills you need to succeed at university. You’ll cover topics such as mathematics, IT, and academic and research skills, helping fully prepare you for your studies. The course will then broaden your knowledge of psychology with a focus on counselling, providing you with multiple future career and study options.

Your learning material covers all the major disciplines of psychology, such as social, cognitive, biological, and developmental psychology. Alongside this, you’ll explore a broad range of counselling specific topics, including counselling psychology, core counselling skills, health and psychological well-being, psychological assessment, and managing the therapeutic process. The course takes a modern, person-centred approach, helping you develop the right tools and techniques for successfully assisting individuals in your future role. During your studies, you’ll have 24/7 access to the latest digital learning tools, as well as the complete support of our dedicated and internationally respected academic team.

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Career Opportunities

After the course, you’ll have the possibility of continuing onto further counselling related qualifications, such as psychotherapy, Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), training as a counselling psychologist, or a doctorate in counselling psychology.

As well as roles in counselling, you’ll also graduate with skills that can be applied to a range of future career options including:

  • Support Work
  • Nursing
  • Mental Health Professional
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Careers Adviser
  • Journalist
  • Marketing/Advertising
  • Social Work


This quality honours degree is awarded by Arden University, a UK institution that has served over 50,000 students from across the globe. Arden’s courses are all designed with your success in mind and a strong focus on career-ready skills. The learning material is created with guidance and insights from industry experts, so the course itself reflects the real-life work environment and scenarios you’ll encounter after graduating.


As an institution that believes in making higher education more accessible, Arden University has recently introduced a scholarship programme for international students studying with us online.

Designed for ambitious international students like you, these scholarships allow you to benefit from significant reductions in your tuition fees.

Am I eligible to apply?

In order to receive one of Arden’s international scholarships, you’ll need to be:

  • Applying from an eligible country, either as a citizen or permanent resident of the region.
  • Applying for one of our eligible online programmes.

Programme Content

Foundation year modules (20 credits each)

  • Using numeracy, IT, & Data
  • Research Skills and Using Information
  • Values, Ethics, and Working Collaboratively
  • Developing Academic Skills
  • Crime and Law in Context
  • Psychology of Everyday Life

Level 4 (20 credits each)

  • Introduction to Studying Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Biological Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology

Level 5 (20 credits each)

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Positive Psychology
  • Personality and Intelligence
  • Introduction to Counselling Psychology
  • Practical Counselling Skills

Level 6 (20 credits each)

  • Health and Psychological Well-Being
  • Psychological Assessment for Counselling
  • Counselling Psychology, Mental Health and Illness
  • Managing the Therapeutic Process

Final project (40 credits)

  • Counselling Research Project

Programme Delivery

Arden is dedicated to providing access to flexible learning for ambitious students from around the world. Online learning gives you complete flexibility, allowing you to fit your degree studies around any other life commitments you might have. Meanwhile, blended learning gives you valuable face-to-face teaching twice a week at your chosen study centre, whilst maintaining the flexibility of 24/7 access to online learning materials for the remainder of your study schedule.


My tutors are very supportive and whenever I ask them questions, they are always ready with an answer and they're always available to help me out. Arden has been there to support me all throughout my journey, like they do for every student who studies at Arden.

Mehreen // BA (Hons) Business Management