Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring

BA single honours Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring with Foundation Year 2020/21

Year of entry

A number of our degrees are also offered with an additional foundation year (Year 0). Whether you are a school-leaver or someone considering returning to study but don’t have the entry requirements for your chosen subject, a foundation year course may be just what you’re looking for.

A foundation year is the first-year of a four year programme which:

  • provides an introduction not only to study at University but also to your chosen subject
  • offers you a highly supportive environment where you can develop the self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding for further study.

Following the Foundation Year you will go on to explore areas including:

  • counselling and theraputic practice
  • coaching
  • mentoring
  • ethics and value
  • working with clients in groups.

"Choosing Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring has opened my eyes to so many opportunities. It has been the best decision I have ever made and I have grown so much on this journey. It has broadened my horizons in ways I would not have expected."

Molly New, Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring student

If you are interested in the ‘helping professions’ as a possible career route, this is the course for you. This degree provides an introduction to the disciplines of counselling, coaching and mentoring, and will examine the purpose and function of each area.

You will develop your knowledge and skills in relation to a broad range of helping approaches and techniques along with the skills to build effective relationships with clients. These can be used within many different settings, including schools, the voluntary sector, human resources, social care and health.

Upon completion of your degree 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). 

You will build your knowledge, understanding and skills of counselling, coaching and mentoring, and other therapeutic practices. You will develop your curiosity, critical reasoning, independent study and research skills so you can explore this fascinating subject and a wide range of related professions and work environments.

The varied curriculum will enable you to integrate theory and skills into practice and to start to build the professional attributes and competences needed to work with others, often in challenging and difficult circumstances.

By the end of the course you will have a firm grasp of key concepts and theories underpinning the disciplines of counselling, coaching and mentoring. You will 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 will understand the importance of and demonstrate effective foundation and advanced mentoring, coaching and counselling skills for building and maintaining relationships with clients in the one to one and group context. In addition, you will be able to show that you can examine, analyse and evaluate critically a range of interpersonal and therapeutically informed strategies and interventions to support others.

There are many opportunities to gain valuable experience and personal development during your time at Canterbury Christ church University. We actively encourage all our Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring students to continually embrace the other learning, developmental and employment related opportunities available through the programme, wider university and in the local community. For example, the course has close links with the university volunteer service who work in partnership with a diverse range of charitable and third sector organisations, offering a wide range of potential volunteer roles students can apply for.

You will also have opportunities to take part in the peer mentoring and peer assisted learning programmes that are available across the university and closely linked to this course. There is also a varied range of societies and student groups available through the Christ Church Student’s Union to join that will enhance your experiences, skills, enjoyment and sense of community while at CCCU.

As a Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring student 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 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 upon aspects of current research and to devise, justify and sustain your arguments. You will be expected to work collaboratively in pairs, groups and action learning sets for the purposes of support and critical reflection.

You will 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; to be able to manage your own learning and make use of scholarly reviews and primary sources; be prepared for future success through work-related experiences in small negotiated projects and in your independent study.

You will be supported in developing the academic skills required to be successful in your studies and will be encouraged to engage critically in subject related theories, research and approaches and to build and develop your related skills and application to practice.

In the first year, you will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of contexts where you could utilise your knowledge and skills in counselling, coaching and mentoring by visiting work places. In addition, invited speakers give insights about their work in the field. We also encourage and support your participation in voluntary or part­time work throughout the course.

Year 0

You will take five core modules plus one module related to your degree. 

Core modules

Applied English, Maths and Science Skills for Education

The aim of the module is to enable you to become more confident and competent in English, Maths and Science and to understand and use these effectively to support your academic study. You will be introduced to the application of English, Maths and Science in education and some of the conventions and ethical issues surrounding the use of social media in education.

Communication and Academic Skills for Higher Education

The aim of the module is to introduce you to ways of researching and communicating ideas in Higher Education.  You will be introduced to conventions of academic writing and ways of analysing information and presenting and evidencing your work within the context of your degree study.  

Introduction to Education

 You will discuss issues related to the study of education within a current and a historical context and develop your spoken and interpersonal skills in the context of managed and focused discussion and debate, underpinned by evidence. 

Introduction to Human Development through the Lifespan

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the physical and psychological factors that can influence human development from conception to old age. It will focus on key underpinning theoretical explanations of human development and look at how these align with current understanding of individual differences.

Personal and Career Development

You will be introduced to key concepts relating to career development. Through discussion and evaluation of various presented personal narratives, you will identify the opportunities and barriers facing individuals regarding their personal development and their career choices within societal parameters.  You will consider, depict and present potential positives and issues relating to your own future.

During or at the end of your Foundation Year (Year 0) you will able to change to a different degree, subject to entry requirements. If you successfully complete and choose to leave after Year 0, you will receive a Transcript of Achievement.

Year 1

Core modules

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. 

Optional modules

You will choose two optional modules. Likely modules will 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 (20 credits)

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 an appreciation of the range of public and media responses to migration and asylum. 

Year 2

Core modules

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).

Optional modules

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 self-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 (20 credits)

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. 

Year 3

Core modules

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 year 1 and 2. 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.

Optional modules

You will choose one or two optional modules. Likely 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, revises 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. 

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).

Fees

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 fee of £9,250  / £13,000 relates to 2020/21 only. Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and mid-course year on year fee increases.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

CategoryDescription
DBS Check You will need to pay for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check if you undertake an activity that requires one. 

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIs the cost Included in the tuition fee?Is the cost an additional cost to students?
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) The costs of Field trips are not included in the Tuition fee unless the trip is a compulsory element of the module. Yes, unless the Field trip is a compulsory element of the module.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

Purchase of own text books

No – students are expected to purchase their own text books. Yes – students are expected to purchase their own text books.

Data & Barring Service (DBS) Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.

Occupational Health Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.
Professional Body registration No - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable. Yes - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable.
Travel to other sites No – students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information. Yes - students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information.
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages. Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course are included in the Tuition Fee. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages. Students must pay for additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course, or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages.
Library fees and fines Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student. Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student.
Printing and photocopying A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student. A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student.
Social events The tuition fee does not include the cost of any social events, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, the costs of social events are an additional cost payable by the student unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies IThe cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests. The cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests.

Each taught module has a standard 50 hours of student contact. This will typically be composed of lectures, seminars, group work, tutorials and feedback on assignments. You will also be expected to engage in 150 hours of self­directed study per taught module.

As a BA (Hons) Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring student 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 have a rich and varied learning and teaching experience, including lectures, seminars, workshops, and skills practice sessions, triads and role play, personal tutorials, and independent and group work. Through the VLE you will gain access to online course materials as well as a range of central University support services, including library resources, subject related e-books and e-journals, and academic study skills guides. You will have access to a range of learning technology tools to support your learning, including e-portfolios. A range of academic support services are also readily available and you will be encouraged to use digital learning spaces and other facilitative software to support your studies.

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.

As a student within the Centre for Career and Personal Development you will benefit from the careers and employability expertise of our staff, alongside access to the central Careers and Enterprise Service offered to all students. 

All tutors teaching on the programme have worked and/or continue to practice with clients in a range of settings and we utilise our centre’s contacts and networks with relevant industry stakeholders to enhance and advise on the development of the programme, and on our research and consultancy.

UK/EU

Full-time study

Apply via UCAS

International

Full-time study

Need some help?

UK

For advice on completing your application please contact the Course Enquiry Team:

Email:  courses@canterbury.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1227 928000
Tel:+44 (0)1227 928000  (0)1227 928000

EU/International

Contact our International Team

Fact file

UCAS course code

  • B941 Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring with Foundation Year

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 4 years full-time including a Foundation Year

Starts

  • September 2020

Entry requirements

  • 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 and applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

    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 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.

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