Counselling and Coaching - BSc (Hons)

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Why study this course?

This Counselling and Coaching BSc (Hons) course offers you an exciting opportunity to obtain an academic degree whilst aiming towards British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) membership.

This exciting career-focused course will allow you to target jobs in an array of different settings including GP surgeries, charities, universities, schools, colleges and private practices.

More about this course

This intensive academic and practitioner course will improve your job prospects following graduation. You’ll gain practical experience in the counselling and coaching field during your work placement and 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 and coaching skills will be applied continuously. A balance between working with mental health and long-term conditions will be a critical component to this course and we’ll ensure that you're kept up-to-date with contemporary health care 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 guidlines, you'll develop academic skills in conducting research and analysis in counselling and coaching.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through summative and formative assessments, this will include presentations, written assignments and examinations. Continuous assessment will take place where you will have to complete reflective logs.

Examinations will mainly involve you counselling other students followed by a review of your practice. You'll also complete a research dissertation related to counselling and coaching in your final.

Fees and key information

Course type
Undergraduate
UCAS code C802
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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)
  • 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 Extended Degree BSc.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning
    • all year (January start) - Monday afternoon

    This module will enable students to develop an appreciation and good level of theoretical understanding on core areas in basic counselling and coaching. This module sets out to explore psychodynamic, humanistic and cognitive modalities in counselling and coaching practice. The module will also target good working practices ensuring that students are versed with how to ask appropriate counselling and coaching questions, how to open a session, closing a session and how to carry out an assessment.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon
    • all year (January start) - Tuesday morning

    The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. Specifically, this module aims to introduce students to the practice of conducting and reporting research in psychology, and to develop students’ skills in identifying, analysing and evaluating information. Students will develop their understanding of the link between psychological research questions and psychological investigation methods, and will be introduced to simple data description and analysis techniques; to a range of research methods employed in psychological investigation; and to computer applications that contribute to the conduct and presentation of psychological research. Consideration will be given to codes of practice for psychology researchers, ethics in psychology research, and research reporting conventions. As such, this module encourages students to develop practical, intellectual and interpersonal skills that are of use in many employment settings, and also provides students with a toolkit of intellectual and practical academic skills which will assist their progression to modules at levels 5 & 6.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning
    • all year (January start) - Tuesday afternoon

    This module includes problem- based learning exercises throughout the module which aims to support develop students’ professional and basic counselling skills in practice. It further aims to address issues pertaining to clinical supervision and in the development of clients/service users case formulations whilst adhering to the Data Protection Act (2018) and the BACP code of ethics (2018). Anonymised client case studies will be discussed via different counselling modalities drawing critical reference to psychodynamic, cognitive and humanistic etc theories. Students would be expected to employ basic counselling skills in practice which should be reflected in their case formulations and reflexive practice whilst demonstrating ethical and professional practitioner skills.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday afternoon
    • all year (January start) - Friday morning

    This module will enable students to develop an appreciation and good level of understanding on the relationship between mental health, ethics, rights and safeguarding. This module will look at the science base behind legal and policy developments across a range of mental health problems. The module aims to increase students’ awareness of the ethical code and legal responsibilities involved in working with vulnerable groups in mental health, counselling child/adult safeguarding and has been developed in accordance with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) guidelines. Essential topics including the legislation and documentation of ethics, policy issues and practise in healthcare and counselling practice will be explored in line with the BACP and BPS code of ethics and conduct (the BPS includes internet mediated considerations). The student will further be provided with opportunities to address a wide range of social policy topics and themes including evidence-based policy and practice.

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Year 2 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    This module will enable students to develop an appreciation and good level of understanding on core areas of counselling throughout the lifespan - from childhood to older adulthood. Focus will centre on developmental milestones throughout the life-course and factors which can precipitate adjustment difficulties. This module sets out to explore psychodynamic, humanistic and cognitive modalities in counselling practice and focuses on how intervention strategies and counselling techniques can be applied in the correct developmental context. Further reference to issues pertaining to sexuality, relationships and intimacy will be addressed. The module will also look at inter-professional health perspectives aimed at encouraging students to acknowledge that healthcare involves a multidisciplinary approach in supporting well-being and the role that counselling has in the context of other health care practices.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday afternoon

    This module targets how counselling and coaching might support both client and practitioner wellbeing. It brings together the goal orientated and solution-focused components of coaching whilst utilising the boundaries, ethics and emotional processing of counselling practice. The module sets to challenge students’ understanding of traditional counselling modalities and how - in context and through correct application - the use of goal orientated strategies can motivate both client and practitioner in supporting the therapeutic process.

    Understanding the role coaching and solution focused strategies have in counselling practice as an adjunct integrative strategy will be discussed across the lifespan via a predominately coaching perspective. Cognitive behavioural and humanistic counselling modalities will be applied in this context including the role that coaching might have in client well-being, but also in clinical supervision in support of counsellors’ wellbeing.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning

    This module includes problem-based learning exercises throughout the module which aims to support develop students’ professional and basic counselling skills in practice. It further aims to address issues pertaining to clinical supervision and in the development of clients/service users case formulations whilst adhering to the Data Protection Act (2018) and the BACP code of ethics (2018). Anonymised client case studies will be discussed via different counselling modalities drawing critical reference to psychodynamic, cognitive and humanistic etc theories. Students would be expected to employ advanced counselling skills in practice which should be reflected in their case formulations and reflexive practice whilst demonstrating ethical and professional practitioner skills.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday afternoon

    The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. Specifically, this module aims to provide students with the opportunity to critically consider the nature of employability and to assess, reflect upon, and develop their own employability skills, attributes and attitudes. Students will be introduced to self-assessment and career planning tools and resources that will support this process. Finally, this module aims to give students the opportunity to apply their learning in an employment context, and to identify and plan for their ongoing training and development needs.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning

    The aim of this module is introduce students to methods of psychological investigation and to develop their ability to design such investigations, to understand the ethical implications of the methods used, and to assess the data collected.
    The module aims to develop students’ competence in
    1. working in a small group
    2. designing psychological research
    3. the implementation of agreed ethical standards
    4. liaising with external parties, i.e. participants in the study
    5. managing and analysing both quantitative and qualitative data and
    6. reporting on the outcome of the studies in a format proscribed by the relevant professional body.

    Each of these aims is associated with general competencies that are highly valued in employment settings (e.g., communication, negotiation, numeracy, teamwork). The module also aims to provide students with the platform from which then can extend their knowledge, for example in conducting project work at level 6 and in the broader context after graduation.

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Year 3 modules include:

  • This module includes problem-based learning exercises throughout and aims to support the development of more complex case formulations compared to level five. It aims to address issues pertaining to clinical supervision and clients/service users whilst adhering to the Data Protection Act (2018) and the BACP code of ethics (2018). Anonymised client case studies will be discussed via different counselling modalities drawing reference to psychodynamic, cognitive and humanistic etc perspectives. At this stage students would be expected to employ advanced counselling techniques in practice which should be reflected in their case formulations and reflexive practice. Students are expected to conduct their counselling practice ethically and professionally. Therefore, this module is aimed at developing students’ counselling and professional skills.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon

    This module aims to provide students with the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring:
    1. Independent study, self-management, and time keeping
    2. Being able to develop in-depth understanding of a selected topic
    3. Critical thinking
    4. Creative problem solving
    5. Ability and willingness to work with supervisor and peers (if applicable) as a team
    6. Understanding of the scientific method
    7. Ability to collect valid and reliable research data through an ethically sound process
    8. Understanding of statistics and/or qualitative data analysis and ability to apply them to real data
    9. Ability to write a complete professional report of research findings
    10. Ability to present orally an empirical study and its findings

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  • This module is aimed at raising awareness among counsellors about working with substance misuse problems and/or compulsive behaviours. Counselling is a critical component in supporting individuals with a substance misuse problem in drug detoxification or rehabilitation programs whether prescription medication/illicit drugs adherence and/or towards abstinence. This extra skills set will enable students to work with vulnerable clients with complex needs in different counselling working environments. Whilst CBT has been the preferred modality in supporting this cohort, this module aims to incorporate an integrative approach towards counselling so that service users’ needs are supported via an in-depth and holistic approach. Factors such as mental health, childhood abuse and domestic violence sometimes intertwined with substance misuse will be addressed.

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  • This module looks at the role counselling and coaching play in supporting those in palliative care and with end of life issues via a biopsychosocial perspective. The module targets the ethical challenges of counselling clients nearing their end of life. Relationships among culture and life experience including spirituality and religious beliefs are discussed in the context of supporting the family system. Drawing reference to issues of capacity, mental health, long term care and interventions such as care planning and advance directives will aim to support the development of students counselling and professional skills in palliative care. Further, addressing complicated grief, trauma and the available support services for both those nearing end of life and their loved ones will be addressed via varying counselling modalities.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Friday afternoon

    This module is designed to develop students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in qualitative research. Emphasis will be placed on the exploration of the links between epistemology, methodology and theoretical explanations in psychology. In doing this, students will be introduced to a range of qualitative approaches to data collection and data analysis.

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  • This module is aimed at raising awareness among counsellors in regards to the role neuroscience plays in counselling. The main theories of counselling will draw reference to neuroscientific research and brain imaging addressing how counselling can impact neuroplasticity and neurogenesis. Further, the role certain areas of the brain are involved in wellness, fear, decision making and positive thinking will be addressed along with how varying substances including prescription medication, illicit drug use and psychoactive drugs can impact brain and behaviour. Reference to the use of technology in counselling such as neuro/biofeedback, virtual reality TMG and even eye tracking will provide students an additional practitioner tools regardless of their theoretical approach.

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  • This module introduces students to psychopathology in counselling practice to support the development of students’ skills in working with clients with complex needs. The module aims to critically appraise key perspectives and approaches to the use of counselling in mental health as well as to evaluate diagnoses, explanations and treatments in the develop of a case formulation. Students will have the opportunity to investigate the role played by physiological, psychological and social mechanisms in the causation and treatment of physical illness and psychological disorders.

    Students will gain experience in constructing case reports thus providing an additional transferable skill for future employment.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon

    Students will gain a critical understanding of a range of theories, models, applied research and application within work and organisational contexts. They will work with organisational case studies and problem-based contexts, and thereby develop skills in applying psychological knowledge to the understanding of client needs and learn to provide solutions to address work problems, taking into account aspects of ethics and safety. In covering the five content areas of occupational psychology, as defined by the BPS, students will have an enhanced opportunity to enter related postgraduate studies – business psychology and/or occupational psychology. To enhance employability skills, students are presented with mini project-based learning opportunities followed by group presentations. Specifically, business related case studies are provided necessitating self-managed problem solving within groups. Students are thus given the opportunities to take effective and appropriate action, work effectively with others and develop self-management skills.

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  • This module is aimed at raising awareness among counsellors in regards to working with individuals from diverse and varying socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds including BME groups. Issues on acculturation, cultural awareness in healthcare services, the Equality Act (2010) and the NHS 5- year plan in supporting diverse populations such as refuges, asylum seekers and so forth will be discussed both theoretically and in the practitioner role counsellors have in supporting these groups.

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After the course

You’ll develop transferable skills such as report writing, teamwork, time management, organisation, IT and numeracy skills, which are valued by employers in a wide range of industries. Since this is a practitioner course, you may 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.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) 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.

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