The course offers a range of optional modules alongside specialist modules. These modules will enable you to acquire interdisciplinary skills and concepts to help you work across a variety of disciplines.
Orientation to Higher Education and Research (20 credits)
This module aims to provide an orientation into Higher Education and to introduce you to research within the context of Education. You will gain understanding of university processes and procedures related to assignment submission, as well as support that is available more broadly through lectures and tutorial support.
Introduction to Coaching and Mentoring(20 credits)
This will enable you to build theoretical knowledge of the differences and similarities of coaching and mentoring, identify and evaluate a range of models of coaching and mentoring and consider the application of models to a variety of client groups and contexts. You will engage in peer mentoring as part of this module and reflect on your experiences of being a mentee.
Approaches to Counselling and Therapy (20 credits)
You will be introduced to key counselling theories and approaches, focusing on the key principles of humanistic approaches and the application of a person centred counselling and therapy. The concept of a therapeutic alliance and the core conditions of the person-centred approach will be explored in depth alongside the related practice skills.
Exploring the Professional Context (20 credits)
This module will provide you with an opportunity to explore the different contexts in which counselling, coaching and mentoring take place and to consider in which circumstances any or all of these skills might be appropriate.
You will choose two optional modules. Likely modules include:
Reflective Practice and Creativity(20 credits)
In this module you will be introduced to the theory and practice underpinning reflective and reflexive practice. This will be underpinned by an appreciation of how the creative process and the arts can be employed to support self-development, resolve inner conflict, build resilience and future growth.
Responding to refugees
This module aims to give you authentic, emotionally meaningful and practical insights into the application of humanitarian values in challenging circumstances. You will be able to explore the causes and experience of migration worldwide and develop and appreciation of the range of public and media responses to migration and asylum.
Exploring Research: Methods, Methodologies, and Implications for Practice (20 credits)
The module aims to provide you with the knowledge to equip you to be able to design and conduct a small-scale research project with or about children, young people or adults.
Coaching and Mentoring in Context (20 credits)
In this module you will be able to explore the different contexts in which coaching and mentoring take place in a variety of professional contexts.
Reflective Personal Development (20 credits)
This module will explore the nature of learning from experience and critical reflection, with a particular emphasis on career development within the helping professions.
Integrative approaches to counselling and therapy (20 credits)
The aim of the module is for you to develop a deep understanding of a range of key counselling theories, approaches and skills. It builds on the level 4 Counselling Theory and Skills module by critically examining the principles and features of Transactional Analysis, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).
You will choose two optional modules. Likely modules include:
Therapeutic work with Children and Young People (20 credits)
This module sets out to develop your understanding of the opportunities and complexities of working with children and young people in the helping professions. It will consider how and why children and young people may need additional support including, adverse life experience, emotional wellbeing and mental health issues.
Working with diversity: knowing me, knowing you (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to examine identity, beliefs and values in the context of working with diversity, using key theories of identity to explore personal, cultural and structural constructs.
Representation and the media
The aims of this module are to understand the impact on children and adults of a range of different types of media, including newspapers, film, radio, television, internet, video games and social media. It explores how media both represents and challenges thinking about social diversity.
Independent study (20 credits or 40 credits)
In year three you will have the opportunity for an in-depth specialism. In both the 20 and 40 credit routes you will investigate an issue of your choice. The 40 credit Independent Study route provides you with the opportunity to write a full dissertation on a topic of your interest and passion.
You will have a supervisory tutor to guide you through this. It aims to develop your ability to work independently to defined aims and to construct and undertake a research project over the duration of the final year of undergraduate study. The research should take the form of an empirical study or policy critique addressing a relevant, coherent question/ area of research based on an aspect of your programme area. You will be assigned a supervising tutor for the duration of your research project.
Research in Action: Social Action, Advocacy and Participation (20 credits)
Alternatively, for those interested in the third sector you can choose to design and implement a research project in partnership with charities, voluntary organisations and community groups. This module will involve a project in which you will work collaboratively with a specific institution or or third sector organisation. You will research and investigate how to explore and address a question related to counselling, coaching or mentoring within your organisation. You will work collaboratively with a lead academic, your fellow students and, most importantly, members of the community, to advocate and champion individual and/or community voices within a specific area of need.
Mentoring and Coaching in Action (20 credits)
The module aims to enable you to build on the mentoring and coaching knowledge and skills gained in years one and two. It will provide you with a work-related opportunity to put theory into practice by becoming a peer mentor or coach.
Working with clients in groups (20 credits)
The aim of the module is to develop a critical understanding of the aim, role and range of group work used within the helping professions. Key theories and concepts relating to group work will be examined including group dynamics, roles and therapeutic processes. Different types of group sessions will be explored including Personal Learning and Development groups, self-help and therapeutic groups
Advanced Counselling and therapeutic skills in context (20 credits)
The module aims to develop a critical understanding of the different counselling and therapeutic approaches that can be used for meeting different client needs. These needs will be examined in different context, including, schools; secure environments, private practice and community settings.
You will choose one or two optional modules. Likely optional modules include:
Theraputic Services, Creative and Expressive Arts (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to consider and explore the benefits of using the creative and expressive arts in special needs and mental health settings.
Supporting Speech, Language and Communication Needs (20 credits)
This module sets out to explain the range of speech, language and communication needs which may be experienced by individuals across the lifespan.
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. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.