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.
You will take 5 core modules plus one optional module. Optional modules will be offered subject to cohort size and you may choose to take a module which relates to your overall degree choice.
Optional module choices are made in the second semester and become the last module taken.
However, you are not locked into the choice of overall course but may choose to change pathways at the end of the Foundation Year (Year 0). Alternatively, you may choose to take a Certificate of Completion and apply to another degree course, subject to entry criteria.
- Introduction to Education
- Applied Literacy, Numeracy and Science Skills for Education
- Communication and Academic Skills for Higher Education
- Personal and Career Development
- Introduction to Human development through the Lifespan
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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,
Mentoring and Coaching in Action (20 credits)
The module aims to enable you to build on the mentoring and coaching knowledge and skills gained at level 4 and 5. 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.
Research in Action: Social Action, Advocacy and Participation (20 credits)
The module aims to actively engage you in social action opportunities to address social inequalities and/or social needs.
Researching: Independent Study 1 (20 credits)
This independent study module aims to offer you the opportunity to develop an individual written project based on a contemporary educational issue of their choice. This will be done in negotiation with a supervising tutor. It aims to develop students’ ability to work independently to defined aims.
Alternatively you may take a 40 credit dissertation module.
Researching: Independent Study 2 (40 credits)
The module enables you 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.
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.