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Psychology with Counselling (Q84) BSc (Hons)
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Key Course Facts

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 615 graduates of Psychology with Counselling (Q84) BSc (Hons) at The Open University for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in .

Overall student satisfaction
85 /100
615 total respondents
The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of all UK Graduates of psychology (non-specific)

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £21138 £21015 £24795
25-75 percentile range £18071 - £24341 £15732 - £25484 £18560 - £30747

Course Description

Psychological therapies are rooted in psychological understanding, so this degree provides a strong foundation in psychology with a specific focus on how counselling works and how it can help people change. You’ll consider how counsellors and psychologists use theories and evidence to contribute to debates about how we understand mental health conditions, diagnosis and treatment options, and how psychology is critical to understanding mental health, relationships, education and employment.

Key features of the course

  • Covers the key concepts, theories, methods and debates in psychology and counselling

  • Gives you an appreciation of different perspectives within psychology and the ability to evaluate them critically

  • Explains how psychological theories and research are applied in practical or professional contexts, particularly within counselling practice

  • ​Can be the first step towards professional accreditation as a psychologist.

Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Grading & Study Time

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Psychology with Counselling (Q84), BSc (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

University Rankings

Positions of The Open University in top UK and global rankings.

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About The Open University

The Open University was established in 1969 in Milton Keynes, and is the largest university in the UK for undergraduate education. The OU is among the most prestigious distance-learning institutions in the United Kingdom, enjoying numerous awards and accreditations, including Triple Crown status for their Business School.

Student composition of The Open University

Students by level of study Academic year 2020/21 - Full-time equivalent student enrollments published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on 10 February 2022
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Where is this programme taught

Distance Learning
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