BA (Honours) Education with Psychology and Counselling

Year of Entry 2024/25
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BA (Honours)

Education with Psychology and Counselling

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?

    3 / 4 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

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    What are the entry requirements?

    112-120 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. 

How you learn

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Watch course leader Sophie Taylor talk about the BA (Hons) Education with Psychology and Counselling course

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

Sophie Taylor
Sophie Taylor
Senior Lecturer

I graduated with a First Class BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology from Sheffield Hallam University in 2008 and then gained a funded PhD at Sheffield Hallam University. … Read more

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
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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.

City Campus

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

  • 112-120

This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example:

  • BBC-BBB at A Level.
  • DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • Merit overall from a T level Qualification
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies.

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 or English Literature at grade C or 4
  • Mathematics at grade C or 4

We may accept GCSE equivalents

• Access - at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

• Grade B from CACHE diploma Level 3 in Child Care and Education.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other skills, or equivalent.

Suitabilty Declaration

You must fully declare the following information on the application form during the admissions process:

  • unfiltered criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on unfiltered offences please see the Disclosure and Barring Service website.
  • involvement in disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or education establishments
  • involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Criminal Record Check

  • you will be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check prior to or during the enrolment week of your course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
  • you will need to present valid identity documents (PDF) as part of the DBS application process
  • if you have lived outside of the UK for more than six consecutive months in the last five years you must provide an overseas criminal record check. Further information on obtaining an overseas criminal record check.
  • where your DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate contains any recorded information you must present this to the Academic Administration Team within ten working days of receipt of the certificate.

We consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience are also considered. We welcome applications from people of any age. Please contact us for further advice.

Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these are considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

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'.


Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

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

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 2

Compulsory modules

Counselling Skills For Professional Practice
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Educational Psychology
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Practical(50%)

Elective modules

Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
Childhood And Play
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
Forest Schools
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
School And The Curriculum
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
Teaching English To Speakers Of Other Languages
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Trauma Informed Practice
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
Working With Professionals
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 3

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%)

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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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, 362.2KB)

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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