BA (Honours) Education with Psychology and Counselling with Foundation Year

Year of Entry 2024/25
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BA (Honours)

Education with Psychology and Counselling with Foundation Year

Combine the study of education with psychology, counselling and real-world experience, preparing you to make a difference to people's lives in a variety of education or therapeutic careers. 

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
    International/EU: £16,655 per year (£1,200 for placement year)

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    4/5 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

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    What are the entry requirements?

    64 UCAS Points

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  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024

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Course summary

  • Study key topics and theories in education, psychology and counselling 
  • Apply your knowledge on real-world placement to enhance your employability
  • Develop and practise your counselling skills 
  • Learn from tutors in our Sheffield Institute of Education who are experts in their field  

Few courses combine the related subjects of education, psychology and counselling like this course – plus opportunities to gain valuable placement experience. 

The BA (Hons) in Education with Psychology and Counselling course helps you to prepare for a range of careers in education or therapeutic roles.

If you don't meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) course, or you’d like extra preparation before starting degree-level study, we recommend you join the foundation year – which has been designed to encourage exploration and experimentation.

How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. 

You will be taught by academics with specialist knowledge and expertise in a range of areas including psychology, early years, teaching and counselling. 

Our teaching approach is grounded in the personal and professional experience of both staff and students – alongside current global research and employer engagement. You’ll collaborate with your tutors to model and create inclusive teaching and learning strategies and environments, and be supported to challenge accepted ideas and practices.

You’ll also join our dynamic community of students, researchers and academics at the Sheffield Institute of Education. We’re one of the UK’s largest providers of teacher training, supporting 1,000 new teachers every year and partnering with more than 600 schools and colleges in the region.

You learn through: 

  • Diverse learning, teaching and assessment methods
  • On-campus lectures
  • Guest speakers  
  • Individual reflection  
  • Peers engagement  
  • Class debates  
  • Group tutorials  
  • Research-informed practice 
  • Collaborative projects
  • Real-world projects and placements  
  • Opportunities to study abroad  
  • Coursework-based assessment  

Key themes

During this course, you’ll develop your knowledge and understanding of discourses and practices in education, psychology and counselling. You’ll learn how to critically reflect on and theorise personal experiences and practices – and also how to optimise your employment opportunities by developing your counselling skills and transferable skills.

You’ll evaluate academic research, literature and policy while developing skills of reflection. You’ll also have chances to co-construct learning through dialogic teaching methods to improve the quality of classroom discussion.

Your learning will be supported by the expert teaching team and an approach that is grounded in the personal and professional experience of both staff and students, alongside current global research and employer engagement. 

You will collaborate with your tutors to model and create inclusive teaching and learning strategies and environments and be supported to challenge accepted ideas and practices. 

As well as understanding the current practice, you’ll have the opportunity to apply research to real-world projects – gaining great experience that stands out to employers. 

Course support

You’ll be taught by a close-knit community of qualified and highly experienced teaching staff who take the time to get to know you. Throughout your time, you’ll receive personalised support, such as:

  • Specialist Hallam tutors and school-based mentors
  • Access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development
  • Access to our Skills Centre with one-to-ones, webinars and online resources
  • Career support for up to five years after you graduate

Course leaders and tutors

Phil Coombs
Phil Coombs
Lecturer in Education Studies, Education Psychology and Counselling

Lecturer in Education Studies, Education Psychology and Counselling

Applied learning

Work-integrated learning experiences and placements enable you to explore your career aspirations and develop and extend transferable skills such as confidence, problem-solving, creativity and reflective practice, preparing you for graduate roles. We champion applied learning and have partnered with over 600 schools and colleges so that you can put your learning into practice.


Applied learning is embedded into each module on the course with work experience opportunities at every level.

You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake a year-long work placement (25 weeks minimum) or multiple placements between your second and final years. This gives you valuable work experience to prepare you for your future career and allows you to graduate with an Applied Professional Diploma to add to your CV. 

Previous students have taken on exciting placements in organisations such as museums, galleries, prisons and even inner-city farms. 

Travel abroad

You may have the opportunity to spend time abroad as part of your course. After completing their second-year studies, previous students have travelled to Mauritius to work in a range of schools and settings – with funding provided by the Turing Scheme.

Future careers

This course prepares you to progress into a career in: 

  • Education 
  • Physical education
  • Counselling 
  • Psychology 
  • Social work 
  • Youth work 
  • Student support
  • Mental health work 
  • Special educational needs 
  • Public and community services 
  • Skills development

Some of these careers require further postgraduate training, such as a Hallam Masters in Education, Psychology or Art Psychotherapy Practice, or the postgraduate diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. 

Following successful completion of the MSc in Psychology or Developmental Psychology students will have Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership from the British Psychological Society.  

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for:  

  • The NHS 
  • Mencap 
  • HMP Wakefield
  • Shelter UK
  • Compass 
  • The University of Manchester 
  • Westfield Academy 
  • Nottinghamshire City Council

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

We’ve invested over £100m in new facilities to help you study how and when you want. This means 24-hour libraries, modern cafes and study spaces designed by our students. 

Most of our teaching is conducted in person at our City Campus, right in the heart of Sheffield. 

You’ll have access to industry-standard teaching facilities and equipment, such as:

  • Specialist spaces that reflect the teaching settings 
  • Virtual learning environments where you’ll access materials and resources
  • Technical resources such as tablets and voice recorders 
  • Books and journals in our learning centres

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 64

This must include at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications excluding general studies For example:

  • CC at A Level
  • MPP in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • Pass overall from a T level qualification with D or E from core
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels and EPQ.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.


  • English Language at grade C or 4 or equivalent
  • Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalent

• Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Contemporary Issues In Inclusive Education
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Introduction To Inclusive Education, Childhood And Psychology
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 2

Compulsory modules

Educational Contexts
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Practical(50%)
Introduction To Counselling
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Introduction To Psychology
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Practical(50%)
Learning To Learn
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 3

Compulsory modules

Counselling Skills For Professional Practice
Credits 20
Educational Psychology
Credits 40

Elective modules

Credits 20
Childhood And Play
Credits 20
Forest Schools
Credits 20
School And The Curriculum
Credits 20
Teaching English To Speakers Of Other Languages
Credits 60
Trauma Informed Practice
Credits 20
Working With Professionals
Credits 40

Optional modules

Placement Year
Credits -
Final year

Compulsory modules

Applying Psychology
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
 Global And Contemporary Issues
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Mental Health And Therapeutic Approaches Across The Lifespan
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Practical(50%)
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Elective modules

Atypical Child Development
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Health Psychology
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Teaching, education and childhood studies courses (PDF, 257.5KB)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


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