Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring

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

Year of entry

The content of this course is currently being reviewed and is subject to change. Applicants will be informed of any changes that impact on the structure of the course.

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
  • coaching
  • mentoring
  • ethics and value

This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in the broad remit of the ‘helping professions’ as a possible career route. The course provides an introduction to the disciplines of counselling, coaching and mentoring which reside in a sector which has experienced significant growth in the past decade.

You will develop not only knowledge concerning the disciplines of counselling, coaching and mentoring, but also the skills to build effective relationships with clients.

Studying Counselling Coaching and Mentoring at Canterbury Christ Church University not only enables you to develop specific skills and knowledge for employment in these sectors but also the interpersonal skills vital for effective engagement in any workplace setting. These are the employability skills that so many employers seek and so often cannot find.

You will normally attend teaching sessions at the Canterbury Campus for the equivalent of two days per week..

Face-to-face teaching will be complemented by the use of our virtual learning environment, guided reading, tutorial support and project related activity.

This course is giving me a start to my counselling career path by teaching me the skills I need

During years one and two, you will study six 20 credit modules per year. Year three will provide options to develop independent study skills.

Work experience In the second 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 part-time work throughout the course.

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.

Year 0

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.

Core modules

  • 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

Optional module 

Year 1

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.

Year 2

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,

Year 3

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.

Successful completion of the course could lead directly into employment, for example, progression into professional roles including learning mentors, pastoral support workers in education, mentoring or coaching within human resource departments, social care and health-related roles. Alternatively, upon successful completion you could undertake further professional training as a therapeutic counsellor, life coach or other role in the helping professions. This could involve progression to postgraduate study.


Tuition Fees for 2020/21 have not yet been finalised. Course webpages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once these have been agreed.

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

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

DBS Check There is a charge made for this process of £52.

General principle policy

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

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. 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.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
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.

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 self-directed study per taught module.

The course is taught by a team of 6 senior lecturers, the majority of whom are also current practitioners in coaching, mentoring and/or counselling. All are experienced in a range of settings such as career counselling, psychotherapy and coaching.

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. Accordingly, you will be assessed through a range of methods, including individual and group presentations, posters, assignments and timed essay. There are no exams.

As a student within the Centre for Career and Personal Development you will benefit from the careers expertise of our staff, enabling you to consider your next steps and how to take them.

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.

  • BACP accredited staff
  • Higher Education Academy (HEA) – accredited staff
  • Career Development Institute


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UCAS course code

  • B941 Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring with Foundation Year

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 4 years full-time including a Foundation Year


  • September 2020

Entry requirements

  • One AS Level pass or a pass in a Level 3 vocational study programme e.g. BTEC

    Candidates without formal qualifications will be considered following an interview and should demonstrate an interest in education.

    Candidates must be motivated to benefit from study at this level

    Applicants are interviewed. Certain modules will require a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before starting the module.



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