You'll develop exceptional people skills, grow personally and professionally, with our training in how to support others across a wide range of helping careers.
Three A-levels at grades CCC or above
Or BTEC triple grades MMM or above
Or Access 23-45 D/M with min 6D
And GCSE English Language at grade 4 or grade C or above.
UCAS points 96
UCAS code PSC1
Duration Three years full-time or up to six years part-time
BSc (Hons) Counselling for the Helping Professions prepares you for a wide range of roles that involve working with people. It's a degree in people skills. You'll learn how to support others, training to:
These are highly transferable skills, which are invaluable in a wide range of helping professions.
You'll learn about the theory, research, and practice of counselling and associated subjects like psychology, with a particular interest in how these can be used to support other people. The degree covers a variety of theoretical perspectives - person-centred, cognitive-behavioural, psychodynamic, and strengths-based. In terms of research, counselling is an evidence-based profession. Teaching is evidence-based, and you'll learn how to interpret, critique, and apply research. You'll also learn how to do research in the context of counselling.
You'll also learn, practice, and develop the counselling skills that will be invaluable in a range of professions that involve listening to, caring for, and supporting other people. If you like this course then you may also be interested in our Integrated Master's degree in Psychotherapy and Counselling.
Learn from experienced and highly skilled psychotherapists and counsellors.
Develop the knowledge and skills required to work with people, within a variety of contexts.
The strong practical focus means that you develop core skills from the start of the course and have the opportunity to put these skills into practice through a work placement.
Small class sizes, typically 20 – 30 students, enable teaching and feedback to be personalised to the needs and career aspirations of students.
Develop a rich understanding of theory and research that will underpin your counselling and interpersonal skills.
Become a self-aware, reflective, critical-thinker who is well prepared for the workplace and a lifelong learner.
How can counselling skills support me in working with and helping other people?
How do theoretical approaches to counselling align with my own beliefs and values? How does theory enable me to become an effective professional?
How do researchers approach the process of researching counselling? And how can research improve my counselling?
What makes counselling effective for some people, but not for others?
How does my own personal development, personal awareness, and insight support my effectiveness as a professional?
What does Psychology offer those working in counselling and other helping professions?
BSc (Hons) Counselling for the Helping Professions will be helpful in a range of careers that involve working with and supporting others. This includes teaching and education, psychology, social work and community work, emergency services, public service, human resources, occupational health, rehabilitation in prisons, careers advice, customer relations, charity careers, funeral arrangement, nursing, care work, and personal training.
Teaching includes lectures, seminars, practical skills work, group work, and independent study, with the goal of developing a range of skills through an engaging learning experience.
Assessment incorporates coursework, group work, presentations, and practical work.
Alister is a registered Practitioner Psychologist (HCPC) who teaches psychology and its applications to counselling, sport, exercise, and health. He is passionate about teaching psychology and counselling in an evidence-based way so that your practice is based on the latest research and is ethical, informed, and effective.View full profile
Fees UK students: £9,250 per annum
Fees for International students: £12,500 per annum
Our counselling degrees attract students who have work, family, and caring responsibilites outside of university so we set a fixed timetable where you are on campus for teaching on Mondays and Tuesdays in Years 1 and 2, and on Thursdays in Year 3.
You'll also complete 1-2 days worth of reading, studying, and assessment work flexibly in your own time, around your other commitments. Our mature students speak very highly of this timetabling model. As counselling is a practical, skills-based profession, most of our teaching needs in-person attendance.
Lucy has clinical experience is in supporting students within Higher Education as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist, a Specialist Mental Health Mentor, and in other Student Support and Welfare roles. She has worked in a variety of mental health charities and services as a counsellor or service manager. Her research focus is student mental health spanning measures perfectionism, anxiety, worry, resilience, wellbeing and social media use in students.
Juliana is a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and currently works in private practice alongside this lecturing role.
Lecturer in PsychologyView profile