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Why study this course?

Gain an academic counselling degree alongside aiming towards your British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) membership.

This course is career-focused and will help prepare you for jobs in an array of different settings including GP surgeries, charities, universities, schools, colleges and private practices.

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More about this course

This intensive academic and practitioner course is designed to give you a range of job prospects. Not only will you gain practical experience in counselling during your work placement, you'll also learn about safeguarding policy, psycho-pharmaceutical matters, risk assessment and risk management, all of which are now critical in health care.

Teaching will be focused on wellbeing via biological, psychological and social perspectives where counselling skills will be applied continuously.

A critical component of this course is striking the balance between working with mental health and long-term conditions, plus we’ll ensure you're kept up-to-date with healthcare practices.

This programme has been designed in accordance to the British Association for Counselling, Care Quality Commission, National Health Service (NHS) and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines. In addition to the skills set out by these guidelines, you'll develop academic skills in conducting counselling research and analysis.

Fees and key information

Course type
UCAS code C804
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This course is subject to validation.

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Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grades BCC in three A levels or a minimum of grades BC in at least two A levels in academic or business subjects (or a minimum of 104 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma; or Advanced Diploma; or Progression Diploma; or Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent)
  • a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • successfully passed a fitness to practice interview at the University

Applicants with relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered on a case by case basis.

Entry from appropriate foundation and access courses will also be considered.

If you don’t have traditional qualifications or can’t meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, applicants may still be able to gain entry by completing the first year of our Psychology (including foundation year) BSc.

International students and English language requirements

Due to statutory requirements, we are not able to offer sponsorship under the Student visa route for this course. We will be happy to consider those falling into this category for an alternative suitable course on request. Overseas nationals may be considered for admission who already hold an alternative visa in a suitable category or have been granted permission to remain in the UK indefinitely, but please note that an additional international enhanced police check will be required.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

Example Year 1 modules may include:

  • Introduction to Counselling Skills
  • Placement Support and Study Skills
  • Safeguarding and Ethics
  • Introduction to Research in Psychology

Where this course can take you

You’ll develop transferable skills such as report writing, teamwork, time management, organisation, IT and numeracy skills, which are valued by employers in a huge range of industries.

Since this is a practitioner course, you could be employed by your current placement or choose an alternative work environment. This may be in a private, university, school, college or NHS practice.

On completion of this degree you can also continue on to postgraduate study.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things such as equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

Discover Uni – key statistics about this course

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How to apply

If you’re a UK student applying for a full-time degree starting this autumn, you’ll need to apply through Clearing – call 0800 032 4441 or apply online. If you're an international student or wanting to study part-time, select the relevant entry point and click the "Apply direct" button.

If you're applying for a degree starting this September, call 0800 032 4441 or apply online.

Applying for 2023

If you're a UK applicant wanting to study full-time starting in September, you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified. If you're an international applicant wanting to study full-time, you can choose to apply via UCAS or directly to the University.

If you're applying for part-time study, you should apply directly to the University. If you require a Student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from on year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.

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