Are you a good listener?
Do you know the difference between empathy and sympathy?
The BA (Hons) Counselling programme has both theoretical and practical elements. It provides underpinning theoretical knowledge and relevant skills required of a counselling practitioner. Students will explore person centred therapy in the first year, with a focus on acquiring fundamental skills within a theoretical context. This knowledge base is developed further in the second year, where students study the cognitive behavioural approach and its application in the therapy room. The final year of the programme supports students to transform to higher level functioning by introducing them to third wave approaches. Further aspects of the programme have been designed to equip students with a sound working ethics in line with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) ethical framework. For example, students are required to complete 100 hours of placement over the duration of the programme in respect of BACP guidelines. The programme also places an emphasis on self-care throughout and the need to develop resilience and effective coping strategies. There is a consideration of local needs with the study of cultural issues; this allows students to explore diversity and corresponding counselling responses. The programme has a range of assessment techniques including podcasts, reflective journals, portfolios, poster presentations, role-plays and case studies. These have been designed to provide variety and to enhance the student experience, while facilitating student development, both at a personal and professional level.
Full time 3 years, Part time 6 years. Includes 100 placement hours across years 2 and 3
The degree is validated and awarded by The University of Hull.
UCAS Course Code: 19B6
Full Time 3 Years, Part Time 6 Years
This course includes the following core modules that all students complete:
Level 4 Year 1
- Higher Learning
- Changing Landscapes
- Humanistic Theory and Therapy
- Skills In Practice
- PPD 1
- Ethics in practice
Level 5 Year 2
- CBT Theory and Therapy
- Developing Resilience
- Cultural Issues
- Skills in Practice
- PPD 2
- Research Methods
Level 6 Year 3
- Advanced Theoretical Concepts
- Working In Groups
- Mental Health and Wellbeing
- Professional Practice
Occasional changes to modules and course content may take place. Students will be notified when applicable.
Teaching and Assessment Methods
The primary way of delivering this course is on campus. Here, teaching includes a combination of lectures, small group seminars, workshops, guest lectures and one to one discussions with your tutor. Students will receive 6 hours of teaching per week throughout this course. Additional one-to-one meetings with tutors will provide further support. Students will be assessed in a number of ways throughout the programme, including written assignments, presentations, podcasts, posters, portfolios, roleplay and group discussions.
Students will usually be expected to have a minimum of 32 UCAS points to study the degree. However, we are committed to creating educational opportunities for people from a variety of backgrounds and situations. If you have been out of formal education for some time, and/or you do not have the qualifications stated, we might still be able to consider your application and offer you a range of support. We are here to help. Please get in touch to find out more.
As part of this programme of study you will be required to have a valid enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. You will be required to pay the cost of this. A DBS must be in place before you start your placement. You may be able to supply an existing DBS but this must be within 3 years of issue.
This course is particularly relevant to people already working in, or looking to develop a career within Counselling, although many students have gone on to work in early help, Schools, mental health arenas, pastoral support, and support work. The course aims to develop a range of skills that are transferable across many professions. If you wish to continue studying beyond this course, it will provide you with a strong academic basis to do so. Course progression routes could include MA mental Health, Counselling and psychotherapy
UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan to cover living costs.
We also have a range of other financial support available.
Your Tuition fees cover most costs associated with your course (including registration, tuition and assessment.)
There may be some extra costs that you might need to make, or choose to pay, for example:
• Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the HE library, but you may want to buy your own copies)
• Printing and photocopying
• Trips and enhancement opportunities
• Clinical Supervision
- A DBS check will be required, which you must pay for.