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BA (Honours) Education with Psychology and Counselling

Discover how psychology and counselling inform our understanding of education.

Course length 3 Years
Location City Campus
UCAS CX83 Course code

Course description

What you study

On this course you study three different disciplines and complete three work placements to give you the skills and knowledge needed for a large range of careers.

• Counselling gives you a detailed and comprehensive approach to counselling theory and practice.

• Psychology explains understanding, prediction and changing human behavior.

• Education focuses on how we learn, barriers to learning and using and reflecting upon learning.

In year one, you take modules in developmental, social and cognitive psychology and the foundations of counselling. You also explore educational achievement in relation to social class, and learning theories.

During year two, you develop your understanding of social, developmental and cognitive psychology, and learn and practise counselling skills. In education, aspects of social inclusion are explored such as prison education, travelling community education and special educational needs. You also learn about the social and emotional aspects of learning.

During year three you complete a research project in semester two, which allows you to focus on your areas of particular interest. As you move into the final year the placement is focused more around your own professional development interests. You can choose to do work-based learning in settings such as local authorities' multi-agency teams and young offender institutions and pupil referral units.

In counselling you focus on counselling children and young people and integrative approaches to mental health issues.

Psychology builds on the knowledge and experiences you have gained during the first two years. You specialise in an area of psychology by choosing from modules such as Atypical Child Development, which is particularly relevant if you want to work with children and young people, focusing on such topics as • abuse or deprivation in childhood • physical and intellectual disability • language difficulties • resilience.

Throughout the course you develop and improve your skills in • communications • project management • critical thinking • information and communication technology • reflective practice • team working. You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme.

Placements and work experience

Each year you gain valuable experience and professional skills on placement in a school, college or other education-related organisation. We guarantee to find you a placement, unless you choose to source your own.

Your placement prepares you for working life, and can help inform your career choices when you graduate. The experience you gain is also attractive to prospective employers.

You complete three placements during the course in different and contrasting settings, so you experience a variety of educational environments. This gives you a deeper appreciation of the challenges facing educational professionals and of the skills required to be an effective professional. They also provide an opportunity for you to start making informed career plans and choices.

In your second year there are opportunities to spend a month working abroad with one of our partner institutions. We have arrangements with universities in Germany, Spain and Las Vegas, USA.

The course offers a well-established student support structure offering support and guidance throughout the three years.

You have your own dedicated academic tutor, who will meet with you each semester to review your progress and set goals.

The academic tutors work with you to help you
• make the transition to studying at university level
• engage with an academic community of learners
• develop appropriate study practices to manage studying independently
• discuss any concerns or problems that might affect your studies
• reflect on your academic progress and make sense of academic feedback
• reflect on progress beyond the module and relate academic development to career goals

We also provide you with access to personal development planning throughout your course, to help you move into the world of work when you graduate.

This course is based in our landmark £30 million Charles Street building in the city centre. It will be home to Sheffield Institute of Education, a national centre of education recognised for excellence and innovation in teaching and learning.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above, including mathematics and English language. We may accept GCSE equivalents. Plus one of the following

• 104 UCAS points from at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept AS levels. We do not accept General Studies.


• 88 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We do not accept General Studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access – at least 45 credits at level 3 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 need an IELTS score of 6.5 and a minimum of 6.0 in the writing module and a minimum of 5.5 in all other skill areas.

Demonstrating that you have work experience in educational settings is an advantage. Download our application experience guidelines for more information about experience requirements. This document includes important information about your application. Failure to provide sufficient information may result in your application being unsuccessful.

As you will work with children, you must complete a declaration of criminal convictions form. If successful in applying, a Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as Criminal Records Bureau) check is required.

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.

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one modules

• learning to learn • foundations of counselling • psychology of development and social behaviour • cognitive processes and individual differences • integrating theory and practice work based learning • education policy and social class

Year two modules

• counselling skills for professional practice • thinking, learning and cognition • psychology of development and individual differences • cognative and social psychology • individual differences, personality and intelligence • integrating theory and practice work based learning • emotional literacy and learning • social exclusion/inclusion in education

Year three modules

• research project • counselling children and young people • therapeutic approaches to mental health and wellbeing • the reflective practitioner • psychology elective in psychology of health or atypical child development


The main focus of your placement is observation and research into a wide range of issues related to the workplace, including structures, practices and roles.

In year one and two, you have two placements each lasting eight weeks. In year three your placement lasts seven weeks with five research days to complete a small-scale enquiry.

  • reports
  • essays
  • papers
  • timed assessments
  • book reports
  • self-evaluations
  • individual and group presentations
  • contributions to electronic conferences
  • work-based portfolios
  • logs
  • reflective diaries


Due to the broad nature of the degree, employment opportunities are varied. As a graduate of this course, you can choose from various career paths, including • teacher • social worker • youth worker • probation officer • school counsellor.

Many of our students also continue on to post-graduate study in a wide range of areas across education, counselling and psychology, such as our MA Developmental Psychology. You are equipped to progress on to postgraduate psychology courses if you wish to work towards gaining British Psychological status. With further study you can also work towards a career as an educational psychologist.

There is an emphasis in the course on employability. Each student leaves with a professional development portfolio including references from the three work-based learning placements. You graduate with a range of transferable skills to enhance your future employment.


Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,250 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

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How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

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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