Course Overview

If you are interested in human behaviour and have a desire to help people, this course is perfect for you. It combines high level counselling skills with psychological understanding to give you a range of insights and perspectives on human behaviour, problems and concerns. Exploring these issues within a variety of community settings will provide you with a fascinating and practical experience.

Counselling Theory and Practice Modules 1-5, which form part of the BA (Hons) Counselling and Psychology in Community Settings are Quality Checked by the National Counselling Society (NCS).

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Course Structure

Psychology Modules encourage you to think critically about humanity and theories of how the mind works. Counselling Modules offer you the opportunity to develop a theoretical understanding as well as practical counselling skills. Through the learning process you will also enhance your self development.

Modules Covered

Modules at Level 4:

  • Counselling Theory and Practice 1 - Introduction to the Person centred Approach
  • Psychology of Self and Identity 
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Politics of Social Policy
  • Planning for Personal Development.
  • Introduction to Psychology and Human Development

Modules at Level 5:

  • Counselling Theory and Practice 2: Developing Counselling Practice
  • Understanding Interpersonal Behaviour
  • Inter-professional Practice
  • Counselling Theory and Practice 3: Group Supervision 
  • Critical Analysis and Research Methodology
  • Fieldwork Placement

Modules at Level 6:

  • Critical Issues in Psychology 1
  • Critical Issues in Psychology 2
  • Independent Research Project
  • Counselling Theory and Practice 4: A Comparative Perspective
  • Counselling Theory and Practice 5: The Person-centred Approach in Context

Learning Methods

The course aims to provide you with the theoretical knowledge and development of independent study skills to succeed at Honours Degree level. You will develop a deeper understanding of the application of theory to practice and will acquire evaluation skills through the progressive building of research skills over all three years of the course, undertaking increasingly independent practitioner research activities in a range of modules. Study skills support is available to you in drop-in workshops and individual appointments.

You will interact with the curriculum through involvement in student led seminars, presentations and discussions. The development of independent learning and leadership skills, including self-evaluation and conscious awareness of effective learning techniques, is promoted through interactive teaching approaches such as personal tutorials, e-mail and Moodle.

You will be supported to carry out an independent research project.

Teaching Methods

Teaching and learning are conducted through a variety of methods, which include lectures, group work, seminars, presentations and independent focused research for the dissertation module. Blended learning through Moodle (the college virtual learning environment) is used in all modules.


A variety of assessment procedures will be used on your course, including: learning records, essays, presentations, assessment of practice, case study analysis, two examinations and independent project work. For Counselling Practice modules, self-reflection, peer and tutor feedback will form the basis of assessment.

Work Placement/Fieldwork

You will undertake a fieldwork placement in Level 5 (Year 2) for three days a week over a 12-week period. By this time, other modules in the programme will have helped prepare you for this experience, which can be demanding but is invariably rewarding. A wide variety of fieldwork agencies and community settings are currently in use and we will work with you closely to find the placement opportunity that meets your needs.

What's Next?

Our graduates have gone on to work with: substance misuse, homelessness, domestic violence and mental health. Others have gone on to join the police or train as social workers, counsellors, nurses and teachers. A number have progressed to postgraduate study to specialise in areas of counselling or psychology. The course offers a basis for progression towards relevant professional accreditation.


Entry Requirements

96 UCAS tariff points.

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Direct entry into Level 6 is available for candidates with relevant Foundation Degrees or HND.

We require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and health check for admission to this course.

Standard entry qualifications are passes in five GCSE subjects including three at GCSE Grade C or above (one of which must be English) and two A levels, or the equivalent, such as AS levels, BTEC, GNVQ Advanced, or successful completion of an accredited Access course.

You will be invited for an interview and skills assessment prior to the offer of a place on the course.

The programme caters for a range of applicants and welcomes applications from students with skills acquired in practice in a variety of health and social welfare roles or on short courses.


We also consider individual applicants who can demonstrate relevant learning, work/voluntary experience, using our Recognition of Prior Learning process. Please contact the admission team for further information and support.

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088503 (HE).
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Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088344
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For all other queries call 01274 088088

Fees Information

We believe that quality degrees should not cost the earth. That's why our competitive tuition fees provide you with a quality experience that includes more taught hours than those at most universities, good levels of tutor access, and support with small teaching groups. More information on our competitive tuition fees

Programme Specification