Psychology with counselling jobs?Watch
Hi so I got my confirmation and I’m starting my psychology with counselling degree in September however I’m wondering if you’re able to get a job in the counselling profession or something similar with just and undergraduate degree or will I have to go further and complete bachelors and doctorates etc
Unfortunately, a degree in Psychology and Counselling does not qualify you as a counsellor - you need different training for this. You can study the level 3 and 4 counselling qualifications without a degree, though!
If you want to work as a counsellor, you will need to study for a level 3 qualification first, which is a one-year part-time course. The level 4 is then 2 years and involves a counselling placement (unpaid) of around 100 hours (this varies between courses).
The alternative is to do a 3-year masters degree in counselling and psychotherapy, which would also allow you to qualify as a counsellor or psychotherapist.
If you are wanting to train as a psychologist, you will need plenty of work experience in a related field (e.g. mental health support work, assistant psychologist, IAPT worker etc.). This should generally be paid experience completed AFTER your BSc. You then need to complete a doctorate level course (e.g. in counselling or clinical psychology).
I studied the level 3 counselling skills course alongside my BSc. I did this at a local college one evening per week. I am now about to start an MSc and will then apply for the clinical psychology doctorate. My experience is in mental health support work on a PICU and as a crisis worker.