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my partner is wanting to get into psychology but he isn't too sure what the difference is between pure psychology and psychology with counselling ?

is it best to do with counselling as it seems more open ended and has more ways to go. what do yous all think ? he hasn't done this kind of thing in over a decade so getting back into it !
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my partner is wanting to get into psychology but he isn't too sure what the difference is between pure psychology and psychology with counselling ?

is it best to do with counselling as it seems more open ended and has more ways to go. what do yous all think ? he hasn't done this kind of thing in over a decade so getting back into it !
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Hello! I am currently finishing off my MSc in Psychology. The major difference is in the studying, to become a qualified counselor there requires a certain number of hours to take place in a placement - there is a great website which covers some of the details here https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/counsellor

from memory it is called 'core practitioner training'. In the lack of a better term, a generic Psychology degree or Masters does not qualify you to be a registered psychologist, doctorate level psychology is required in the UK. A person can specialise in education, clinical, work place etc. The market is a little over saturated with graduates at the moment, however, an MSc in Psychology can unlock funding for things like mental health support for learners in student support if the support officer has it, so remains a popular option in the sector

There are some Psychology degree and masters programs at Arden University which might be of interest https://arden.ac.uk/our-courses/unde...psychology-bps

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my partner is wanting to get into psychology but he isn't too sure what the difference is between pure psychology and psychology with counselling ?

is it best to do with counselling as it seems more open ended and has more ways to go. what do yous all think ? he hasn't done this kind of thing in over a decade so getting back into it !
I think the above poster misunderstood what you were asking about.

There is no real difference between the two degrees at the OU tbh.
Psychology W counselling has fewer choices for which modules you do.
The psychology degree is more open.
You do the same compulsory modules d100,de200,de300 for both degrees. Both are accredited by BPS.

I did psychology with counselling. Have a look at the modules on offer for both and see which interests him more.
It doesn’t qualify you to be a counsellor so there is no real benefit to claiming that over the other.although if you wish to go in that direction then having studied the modules and gained the knowledge will be beneficial.

The base psychology degree is more open in its topics with its modules. The second and third year modules in /W counselling on the other hand focus on treatment options/various counselling therapies. With the straight psychology you could instead focus on childhood/youth psychology, or sport psychology or more general psychology. All which will touch on treatments but not be fully focused on them.
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I think the above poster misunderstood what you were asking about.

There is no real difference between the two degrees at the OU tbh.
Psychology W counselling has fewer choices for which modules you do.
The psychology degree is more open.
You do the same compulsory modules d100,de200,de300 for both degrees. Both are accredited by BPS.

I did psychology with counselling. Have a look at the modules on offer for both and see which interests him more.
It doesn’t qualify you to be a counsellor so there is no real benefit to claiming that over the other.although if you wish to go in that direction then having studied the modules and gained the knowledge will be beneficial.

The base psychology degree is more open in its topics with its modules. The second and third year modules in /W counselling on the other hand focus on treatment options/various counselling therapies. With the straight psychology you could instead focus on childhood/youth psychology, or sport psychology or more general psychology. All which will touch on treatments but not be fully focused on them.
well I think that's helped him a lot. I really appreciate you giving great advice. Thank you !
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