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I found this course and it really spoke to me. It has a lot of interactive work which I found really interesting.Mia
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Our foundation year enables you to enter our BA Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring course even if you don’t have the formal qualifications or experience to meet the entry requirements. It will give you relevant knowledge to help you begin your degree studies.
Those involved in counselling, coaching and mentoring are ‘the helping professionals’. Through this course, we will help you to become one of them, gaining a deep understanding of the theories and skills needed.
You will be taught by a team of tutors who have direct experience as helping professionals themselves. Classroom learning is supplemented by a range of guest speakers and opportunities to develop your skills in real-life settings, building relationships and helping people to help themselves.
Once you have completed your degree, a wealth of career opportunities in everything from HR to social care await you.
Supporting other people can be a hugely rewarding process and by working in counselling, coaching or mentoring you may even have the potential to help someone to change their life.
If you have high emotional intelligence, and are good at understanding and relating to people, this course will help you to become effective and skilled in supporting others with achieving their aims and objectives, while developing yourself.
During the foundation year, you'll gain an introduction to counselling, coaching and mentoring, and you'll develop skills and confidence to prepare you to study at degree level.
Throughout the course, you'll integrate theory and practice, developing the skills, professional attributes and competences needed to work with others, often in challenging and difficult circumstances.
You'll develop your curiosity and critical reasoning abilities, as well as independent study and research skills. You'll also gain a solid grounding in a broad range of helping approaches and techniques, so that you can build effective relationships with clients in settings such as schools, the voluntary sector, human resources, social care and health.
On completion of the course, you may choose to continue your professional development through postgraduate studies and relevant accredited training in related fields such as psychotherapy, careers work, social work, human resources and other talking and creative therapies.
If you want to pursue a professional career in counselling and qualify as an accredited counsellor with BACP or another regulating body, you will need to undertake the relevant accredited training (see the BACP website for further details).
Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points. We will also welcome applications from students with few or no formal Level 3 qualifications who wish to return to education.
Candidates must show sufficient motivation to benefit from study at this level.
A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is not an entry requirement, however if you take part in work-related experience, visits or placements to settings or educational establishments where you are undertaking regulated activity, the setting may determine that a DBS check is required. You will be required to undergo a DBS check and arrange this through the University before undertaking the activity.
The foundation year will prepare to study at degree level by developing your academic study skills and confidence. You'll study introductory modules related to coaching, counselling and mentoring.
In Year 1, you'll gain a solid understanding of the requirements for building and maintaining relationships with clients in the one to one and group context. You'll explore a wide range of contexts by visiting work places and you'll gain real life insights from experts working in related professions.
As you progress through the course, you'll develop your skills in mentoring, coaching and counselling to an advanced level and you'll learn how to examine, analyse and critically evaluate a range of interpersonal and therapeutically informed strategies and interventions to support others.
By the end of the course you should have a firm grasp of key concepts and theories underpinning the disciplines of counselling, coaching and mentoring. You should also be able to demonstrate a sophisticated critical understanding of a range of professional practice issues and developments within the broad remit of the ‘helping professions’ and be able to apply a critical understanding of reflective and reflexive practice.
You'll be taught by a skilled teaching team with specialist knowledge and experience in the disciplines of counselling, coaching and mentoring, related professions and research. Your direct teaching through lectures, seminars and group and individual tutorials will be complemented by use of the virtual learning environment, (VLE) guided reading, project-related activity and visits and input from professional practitioners and representatives.
Lectures will be used to underpin key concepts and initiate areas of study. Seminars, workshops and discussion will focus on developing critical thinking, enabling you to comment on aspects of current research and to devise, justify and sustain your arguments. You'll be expected to work collaboratively in pairs, groups and action learning sets for the purposes of support and critical reflection.
Throughout the course, you'll be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning, and to develop a range of graduate attributes including (but not limited to): conceptual understanding of how to devise and sustain arguments and/or to solve problems using ideas and techniques; managing your own learning and making use of scholarly reviews and primary sources; preparing for future success through work-related experiences in small negotiated projects and in your independent study.
Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops. Seminars will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.
You will typically have around 50 hours of contact time per module, generally consisting of lectures, seminars, practicals, and one-to-one meetings.
Your actual contact hours will depend on the optional modules you select
All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.
When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, preparing coursework assignments/examination, and preparing for workshops and seminars.
Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities that you will be expected to complete before class.
Each taught module has an expected total study time of 200 hours split between 50 hours of contact and 150 hours of independent study.
You will be taught by a skilled teaching team with specialist knowledge and experience in the disciplines of counselling, coaching and mentoring, related professions and research.
Your direct teaching through lectures, seminars, group and individual tutorials, will be complemented by use of the University’s virtual learning environment (VLE), guided reading, project-related activity and visits, and input from professional practitioners and representatives.
You will gain the skills to help and develop others, which is so important in a whole range of professions. The course is also a unique opportunity to learn first-hand from professionals who work in therapy, social work, education, health and the charity sector.Joanna CandlerProgramme Director
Reflecting the nature and content of this course we will assess both your academic knowledge and also the development and understanding of professional interpersonal skills. You will undertake a variety of assessment methods over the three years, which have been designed to allow you to build and enhance knowledge as you progress through your degree. These will include, but are not limited to: case studies, oral and visual presentations, reflective accounts, critical reviews, essays, social action projects and dissertations.
Throughout your studies you will be encouraged to consider a range of future career pathways and the next steps needed to achieve this. On successful completion of your degree, you will have developed the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to enter a comprehensive range of roles within the helping professions, including employment options within health, education, human resources and management, social services and third sector organisations.
In addition, you may choose to continue your professional development through a range of postgraduate studies and where relevant accredited training, in related fields such as psychotherapy, careers work, social work, human resources and other talking and creative therapies. Similarly, if you want to continue in a professional career in counselling and qualify as an accredited counsellor with BACP or other regulating body, you will need to undertake the relevant accredited training (see the BACP website for further details).
The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:
|UK / EU||Overseas|
|Full-time - Foundation Year 0||£7,050||£9,910|
|Full-time - years 1-3 *||£9,250||£13,000|
Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.
* The tuition fees of £9,250 / £13,000 relate to 2020/21 only. Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.
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