At Keele University, we’re different. Nestled in 600 acres of countryside in the heart of the UK, we have a big campus but a small and cosmopolitan community. We proudly rank 1st for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey for the last three years. This is because it’s more than green and lovely, it’s a place of research and academic excellence too. The study of psychology which explores why humans feel, think and act the way they do has strong links with the study of counselling skills, which adds specific theories about distress and help and development in listening and helping skills. Psychology will teach you how to design and conduct your own psychological studies in our well-equipped labs using a range of quantitative and qualitative techniques. This will fit well with exploring concepts and debates in counselling, as well as honing some practical skills in effective listening and communication. On this programme you will learn to reflect broadly on situations and to contextually apply what you know. Keele enjoys high rates of graduate employment, where in 2016, were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. The programme is accredited by the British Psychology Society. Please note the course is not a practising qualification in its own right, but the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist and a requirement for further study and training for careers in psychology or counselling. These could include working as a counsellor, psychotherapist, or as a clinical, counselling, educational, forensic, occupational or sports psychologist. You will be equally well placed to pursue a career in counselling, either employed or self-employed.