Develop exceptional people skills, grow personally and professionally, and train to support others across a wide range of helping careers. *Please note this course is closed to new first year students, 2nd & 3rd year applications only*
Three A-levels at grades CCC or above
Or BTEC triple grades MMM or above
Or Access 23-45 D/M with min 6D
Or T level P (C+)
And GCSE English Language at grade 4 or grade C or above.
A DBS check and an interview are required
UCAS points 96
UCAS code PSC1
UCAS institution code P63
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
Strong practical focus enables you develop core skills from the start of the course and a work placement
Small class sizes of typically 20 – 30 students enables teaching and feedback to be personalised to your aspirations
Develop a rich understanding of theory and research that will underpin your counselling and interpersonal skills
Become a self-aware, reflective, critical-thinker and lifelong learner who is well prepared for the workplace
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, and how do I apply it to my own practice?
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.
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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.
Fees UK students: £9,250 per annum
Fees for International students: £14,500 per annum
This fee covers your tuition and access to course-specific equipment and facilities, as well associated services including access to the library, study skills support, IT support, student support and wellbeing services and membership of the Student Union. There may be additional costs by course.
Our Student Funding Advisors offer confidential and impartial advice about your funding options.Learn more
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