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Marie Varney
Undergraduate course
BSc (Hons)

Counselling and Mental Health

Counselling and Mental Health

Counselling and Mental Health

Counselling and Mental Health

Counselling and Mental Health

International Scholarships available

Overview

Amid an increased demand for counselling and mental health workers, learn how to improve the lives of those in need and forge a challenging but rewarding career. You will explore a wide range of theories within psychology, mental health, counselling, child development and psychotherapy. This theoretical knowledge combined with opportunities to work in mental health environments will develop your ability to build effective therapeutic relationships that can foster positive change for your clients. With a variety of therapeutic approaches studied, you will be able to tailor the course to your career ambitions. This course is suitable for those working in mental health services wanting to further their knowledge and career, or for those wishing to enter the health and care professions. You will explore psychotherapeutic models including cognitive and behavioural development and look at theories on how mental health issues develop across the lifespan. You will also learn how to develop your interpersonal skills in order to build counselling relationships between you and your clients - for example, those experiencing anxiety, depression and addiction.

This course will prepare you for professionally accredited counselling and psychotherapy practitioner training at postgraduate level; you could enter our PG Diploma level (2-years part-time) to gain your licence to practice. Completing this course as a standalone programme will not qualify you for professional registration as a Counsellor.  

Your course has been developed to offer awareness of ethical standards of practice in line with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy and the British Psychological Society. Your learning will be guided by expert academics from across the University, who include qualified and accredited counsellors, mental health nurses and psychologists. You will practise your counselling and interpersonal skills using our interview and feedback rooms, enriching your practice. You will also engage with work-based learning opportunities, allowing you to reflect upon how you put your practical skills to the test in the real world. These activities will help you become a confident, globally-minded and emotionally mature individual with strong career prospects upon graduation.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

Visit our Distance Learning Website

Course Features

  • TEF Silver Award
  • University accommodation
  • 24/7 Library

Entry Requirements

80
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

UCAS Tariff Points: 80 points required. (Minimum 48 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies.).

If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

International Baccalaureate

25 Points

IELTS:

IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.

ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu. If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website. Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points: 80 points required. (Minimum 48 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies.).

If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

International Baccalaureate

25 Points

IELTS:

IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.

ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.
More questions?
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Careers

Zainah Khan

Careers

Zainah Khan
General Manager and English language teacher From Zero International Language School

PG Cert Interpersonal & Counselling Skills

“"My course has been really empowering. It teaches skills that you can implement in your own life, as well as academically and professionally. I've developed a great sense of self-awareness and empathy, which support me in establishing good rapport with my students. These abilities have become natural to me, and I use them every day in my job."

Teaching and learning

Engage in a wide range of theories within psychology, mental health, counselling, child development and psychotherapy, in order to gain employment in the field of counselling of contemporary mental health practice. You will gain the theoretical and practical expertise to build effective therapeutic relationships with clients in order to bring about positive change in them. The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload is indicative and may be subject to change.
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Gain a foundational understanding of counselling and mental health practice, along with the skills to become a self-reflective student and practitioner. You will develop your capacity to recognise the differences and similarities of each approach in working with mental disorders.
Overall workload
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216 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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984 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions

Year one is assessed by coursework predominantly, with some practical assessments.

 

Core Modules

Develop an understanding of the qualities and skills needed for effective communication and engagement skills for practice. You will explore key aspects of verbal and non-verbal communication and relate them to established therapeutic techniques and communication skills theory.

Transition into higher education by developing the academic and professional skills necessary to successfully complete the course and become competent practitioners in a social care setting. You will be introduced to a range of skills which include: study skills, reflection, communication, working to deadlines, management of self and independent learning.

Gain expertise concerning physical, psychological and psychosocial development across the human life course, in a political, cultural, economic and environmental context.

Study current thinking in mental health. You will explore concepts of health and illness as they relate to mental health and describe how services are designed and delivered in current mental health practice.

This module introduces students to the psychological theories and frameworks that have formed the basis for practical interventions within the fields of counselling and mental health. Students learn about a range of key theories and frameworks from the discipline of psychology and how these theories and frameworks have informed practice.

Get equipped with counselling skills and contemporary approaches to counselling. You will apply some of the basic concepts of non-directive counselling to your practice in class.

Build upon the knowledge gained in Year One, with an added focus on analysis and critique. You will reflect on your previous experience and consider looking at wider settings and different social and cultural groups. You will also work on your coaching skills and explore how research has evolved practice.
Overall workload
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218 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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982 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions

Year two is assessed by coursework.

 

Core Modules

Build on your intra and interpersonal skills for understanding and working with people experiencing mental health problems. You will study the concepts of mental health, co-production, recovery and person-centred practice as core foundational concepts.

Develop your skills and understanding introduced in the Foundational Counselling Skills module. You will gain more knowledge of the counselling process and further awareness of ethical issues.

Develop professionally by looking further at the importance of research in counselling and mental health work. You will learn more about different research methods and gain practical experience of critiquing research articles with tutor guidance..

Develop a critical understanding of the key theories of coaching and coaching psychology as well as a reflexive understanding of a range of coaching skills in practice.

Gain insights into the theories, methods and techniques employed when working with client(s) who are culturally different. This includes an exploration of religion and spirituality as core elements of some clients? beliefs, world views and practices through life. You will be encouraged to critically appraise various models of transcultural counselling and cross-cultural perspectives in mental health work. This will help you identify different client worldviews which influence their experiences, some of which may bring them to therapy.

You will gain more knowledge of the different forces of psychology and of contemporary therapeutic modalities as applied in practice. You will learn more about a range of key theories and frameworks from the discipline of counselling/psychotherapy and how these theories and frameworks have and continue to informed practice.

In Year Three you will further synthesise your expertise. Exploring deeper into cognitive behavioural therapy and the application of counselling skills will develop your interpersonal and counselling to a level ready for employment in range of professions or further postgraduate study. You will have the ability to understand and apply the concepts you have learned, and show you can critically evaluate competing arguments and formulate and justify your own approaches. Your placement activity consists of time spent working or volunteering, enabling you to apply therapeutic and professional skills gained on the course in an organisational context of your choice. Your final research project will be on a subject that you will choose.
Overall workload
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156 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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894 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
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150 hours Placements Some modules will give you the opportunity to undertake a work placement. These hours will be spent working in industry, gaining practical knowledge and professional skills that can be valuable to employers.
Assessment proportions
Year three is assessed by coursework predominantly, with some practical assessments.
Core Modules

Further develop your understanding and refine your skills to appreciate the use of self in the development of effective therapeutic relationships and consider professional practice implications.

Find your practice and experience within the wider context of mental health. You will develop a critical and analytical understanding of and approach to policy, legislation and practice. The module content includes exploration of alternative and challenging perspectives on the understanding of mental health issues and how these relate to working with individuals, families and carers in contemporary mental health practice.

Study quantitative and qualitative counselling research methodology and complete a research project of their own, thereby helping you to develop research skills, to consider ethical issues, to further enhance your critical thinking, to work independently over a sustained period of time and to articulate your understanding and stance of a specialised area of counselling.

Enhances the reflective skill you have developed so far on the course. You are encouraged to critically analyse and evaluate ethical issues in working with diverse clients in organisational contexts as well as reflecting on your own personal strengths and limitations of competence in your professional settings.

Get introduced to specific CBT skills and contemporary approaches to CBT. You are encouraged to apply some of the basic CBT concepts their work based learning.

Download 2019/20 Course Spec Download
Gain a foundational understanding of counselling and mental health practice, along with the skills to become a self-reflective student and practitioner. You will develop your capacity to recognise the differences and similarities of each approach in working with mental disorders.
Overall workload
Clock icon
216 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
Clock icon
984 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions

Year one is assessed by coursework predominantly, with some practical assessments.

 

Core Modules

Develop an understanding of the qualities and skills needed for effective communication and engagement skills for practice. You will explore key aspects of verbal and non-verbal communication and relate them to established therapeutic techniques and communication skills theory.

Transition into higher education by developing the academic and professional skills necessary to successfully complete the course and become competent practitioners in a social care setting. You will be introduced to a range of skills which include: study skills, reflection, communication, working to deadlines, management of self and independent learning.

Gain expertise concerning physical, psychological and psychosocial development across the human life course, in a political, cultural, economic and environmental context.

Study current thinking in mental health. You will explore concepts of health and illness as they relate to mental health and describe how services are designed and delivered in current mental health practice.

This module introduces students to the psychological theories and frameworks that have formed the basis for practical interventions within the fields of counselling and mental health. Students learn about a range of key theories and frameworks from the discipline of psychology and how these theories and frameworks have informed practice.

Get equipped with counselling skills and contemporary approaches to counselling. You will apply some of the basic concepts of non-directive counselling to your practice in class.

Build upon the knowledge gained in Year One, with an added focus on analysis and critique. You will reflect on your previous experience and consider looking at wider settings and different social and cultural groups. You will also work on your coaching skills and explore how research has evolved practice.
Overall workload
Clock icon
218 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
Clock icon
982 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions

Year two is assessed by coursework.

 

Core Modules

Build on your intra and interpersonal skills for understanding and working with people experiencing mental health problems. You will study the concepts of mental health, co-production, recovery and person-centred practice as core foundational concepts.

Develop your skills and understanding introduced in the Foundational Counselling Skills module. You will gain more knowledge of the counselling process and further awareness of ethical issues.

Develop professionally by looking further at the importance of research in counselling and mental health work. You will learn more about different research methods and gain practical experience of critiquing research articles with tutor guidance..

Develop a critical understanding of the key theories of coaching and coaching psychology as well as a reflexive understanding of a range of coaching skills in practice.

Gain insights into the theories, methods and techniques employed when working with client(s) who are culturally different. This includes an exploration of religion and spirituality as core elements of some clients? beliefs, world views and practices through life. You will be encouraged to critically appraise various models of transcultural counselling and cross-cultural perspectives in mental health work. This will help you identify different client worldviews which influence their experiences, some of which may bring them to therapy.

You will gain more knowledge of the different forces of psychology and of contemporary therapeutic modalities as applied in practice. You will learn more about a range of key theories and frameworks from the discipline of counselling/psychotherapy and how these theories and frameworks have and continue to informed practice.

In Year Three you will further synthesise your expertise. Exploring deeper into cognitive behavioural therapy and the application of counselling skills will develop your interpersonal and counselling to a level ready for employment in range of professions or further postgraduate study. You will have the ability to understand and apply the concepts you have learned, and show you can critically evaluate competing arguments and formulate and justify your own approaches. Your placement activity consists of time spent working or volunteering, enabling you to apply therapeutic and professional skills gained on the course in an organisational context of your choice. Your final research project will be on a subject that you will choose.
Overall workload
Clock icon
156 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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894 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
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150 hours Placements Some modules will give you the opportunity to undertake a work placement. These hours will be spent working in industry, gaining practical knowledge and professional skills that can be valuable to employers.
Assessment proportions
Year three is assessed by coursework predominantly, with some practical assessments.
Core Modules

Further develop your understanding and refine your skills to appreciate the use of self in the development of effective therapeutic relationships and consider professional practice implications.

Find your practice and experience within the wider context of mental health. You will develop a critical and analytical understanding of and approach to policy, legislation and practice. The module content includes exploration of alternative and challenging perspectives on the understanding of mental health issues and how these relate to working with individuals, families and carers in contemporary mental health practice.

Study quantitative and qualitative counselling research methodology and complete a research project of their own, thereby helping you to develop research skills, to consider ethical issues, to further enhance your critical thinking, to work independently over a sustained period of time and to articulate your understanding and stance of a specialised area of counselling.

Enhances the reflective skill you have developed so far on the course. You are encouraged to critically analyse and evaluate ethical issues in working with diverse clients in organisational contexts as well as reflecting on your own personal strengths and limitations of competence in your professional settings.

Get introduced to specific CBT skills and contemporary approaches to CBT. You are encouraged to apply some of the basic CBT concepts their work based learning.

Download 2020/21 Course Spec Download
Gain a foundational understanding of counselling and mental health practice, along with the skills to become a self-reflective student and practitioner. You will develop your capacity to recognise the differences and similarities of each approach in working with mental disorders.
Overall workload
Clock icon
216 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
Clock icon
984 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions

Year one is assessed by coursework predominantly, with some practical assessments.

 

Core Modules

Develop an understanding of the qualities and skills needed for effective communication and engagement skills for practice. You will explore key aspects of verbal and non-verbal communication and relate them to established therapeutic techniques and communication skills theory.

Transition into higher education by developing the academic and professional skills necessary to successfully complete the course and become competent practitioners in a social care setting. You will be introduced to a range of skills which include: study skills, reflection, communication, working to deadlines, management of self and independent learning.

Gain expertise concerning physical, psychological and psychosocial development across the human life course, in a political, cultural, economic and environmental context.

Study current thinking in mental health. You will explore concepts of health and illness as they relate to mental health and describe how services are designed and delivered in current mental health practice.

This module introduces students to the psychological theories and frameworks that have formed the basis for practical interventions within the fields of counselling and mental health. Students learn about a range of key theories and frameworks from the discipline of psychology and how these theories and frameworks have informed practice.

Get equipped with counselling skills and contemporary approaches to counselling. You will apply some of the basic concepts of non-directive counselling to your practice in class.

Build upon the knowledge gained in Year One, with an added focus on analysis and critique. You will reflect on your previous experience and consider looking at wider settings and different social and cultural groups. You will also work on your coaching skills and explore how research has evolved practice.
Overall workload
Clock icon
218 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
Clock icon
982 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions

Year two is assessed by coursework.

 

Core Modules

Build on your intra and interpersonal skills for understanding and working with people experiencing mental health problems. You will study the concepts of mental health, co-production, recovery and person-centred practice as core foundational concepts.

Gain insights into the theories, methods and techniques employed when working with client(s) who are culturally different. This includes an exploration of religion and spirituality as core elements of some clients? beliefs, world views and practices through life. You will be encouraged to critically appraise various models of transcultural counselling and cross-cultural perspectives in mental health work. This will help you identify different client worldviews which influence their experiences, some of which may bring them to therapy.

Develop professionally by looking further at the importance of research in counselling and mental health work. You will learn more about different research methods and gain practical experience of critiquing research articles with tutor guidance..

You will gain more knowledge of the different forces of psychology and of contemporary therapeutic modalities as applied in practice. You will learn more about a range of key theories and frameworks from the discipline of counselling/psychotherapy and how these theories and frameworks have and continue to informed practice.

Develop your skills and understanding introduced in the Foundational Counselling Skills module. You will gain more knowledge of the counselling process and further awareness of ethical issues.

Develop a critical understanding of the key theories of coaching and coaching psychology as well as a reflexive understanding of a range of coaching skills in practice.

In Year Three you will further synthesise your expertise. Exploring deeper into cognitive behavioural therapy and the application of counselling skills will develop your interpersonal and counselling to a level ready for employment in range of professions or further postgraduate study. You will have the ability to understand and apply the concepts you have learned, and show you can critically evaluate competing arguments and formulate and justify your own approaches. Your placement activity consists of time spent working or volunteering, enabling you to apply therapeutic and professional skills gained on the course in an organisational context of your choice. Your final research project will be on a subject that you will choose.
Overall workload
Clock icon
156 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
Clock icon
894 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Clock icon
150 hours Placements Some modules will give you the opportunity to undertake a work placement. These hours will be spent working in industry, gaining practical knowledge and professional skills that can be valuable to employers.
Assessment proportions
Year three is assessed by coursework predominantly, with some practical assessments.
Core Modules

Further develop your understanding and refine your skills to appreciate the use of self in the development of effective therapeutic relationships and consider professional practice implications.

Find your practice and experience within the wider context of mental health. You will develop a critical and analytical understanding of and approach to policy, legislation and practice. The module content includes exploration of alternative and challenging perspectives on the understanding of mental health issues and how these relate to working with individuals, families and carers in contemporary mental health practice.

Study quantitative and qualitative counselling research methodology and complete a research project of their own, thereby helping you to develop research skills, to consider ethical issues, to further enhance your critical thinking, to work independently over a sustained period of time and to articulate your understanding and stance of a specialised area of counselling.

Enhances the reflective skill you have developed so far on the course. You are encouraged to critically analyse and evaluate ethical issues in working with diverse clients in organisational contexts as well as reflecting on your own personal strengths and limitations of competence in your professional settings.

Get introduced to specific CBT skills and contemporary approaches to CBT. You are encouraged to apply some of the basic CBT concepts their work based learning.

Download 2020/21 Course Spec Download
Gain a foundational understanding of counselling and mental health practice, along with the skills to become a self-reflective student and practitioner. You will develop your capacity to recognise the differences and similarities of each approach in working with mental disorders.
Overall workload
Clock icon
216 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
Clock icon
984 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions

Year one is assessed by coursework predominantly, with some practical assessments.

 

Core Modules

Develop an understanding of the qualities and skills needed for effective communication and engagement skills for practice. You will explore key aspects of verbal and non-verbal communication and relate them to established therapeutic techniques and communication skills theory.

Transition into higher education by developing the academic and professional skills necessary to successfully complete the course and become competent practitioners in a social care setting. You will be introduced to a range of skills which include: study skills, reflection, communication, working to deadlines, management of self and independent learning.

Gain expertise concerning physical, psychological and psychosocial development across the human life course, in a political, cultural, economic and environmental context.

Study current thinking in mental health. You will explore concepts of health and illness as they relate to mental health and describe how services are designed and delivered in current mental health practice.

This module introduces students to the psychological theories and frameworks that have formed the basis for practical interventions within the fields of counselling and mental health. Students learn about a range of key theories and frameworks from the discipline of psychology and how these theories and frameworks have informed practice.

Get equipped with counselling skills and contemporary approaches to counselling. You will apply some of the basic concepts of non-directive counselling to your practice in class.

Build upon the knowledge gained in Year One, with an added focus on analysis and critique. You will reflect on your previous experience and consider looking at wider settings and different social and cultural groups. You will also work on your coaching skills and explore how research has evolved practice.
Overall workload
Clock icon
218 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
Clock icon
982 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions

Year two is assessed by coursework.

 

Core Modules

Build on your intra and interpersonal skills for understanding and working with people experiencing mental health problems. You will study the concepts of mental health, co-production, recovery and person-centred practice as core foundational concepts.

Gain insights into the theories, methods and techniques employed when working with client(s) who are culturally different. This includes an exploration of religion and spirituality as core elements of some clients? beliefs, world views and practices through life. You will be encouraged to critically appraise various models of transcultural counselling and cross-cultural perspectives in mental health work. This will help you identify different client worldviews which influence their experiences, some of which may bring them to therapy.

Develop professionally by looking further at the importance of research in counselling and mental health work. You will learn more about different research methods and gain practical experience of critiquing research articles with tutor guidance..

You will gain more knowledge of the different forces of psychology and of contemporary therapeutic modalities as applied in practice. You will learn more about a range of key theories and frameworks from the discipline of counselling/psychotherapy and how these theories and frameworks have and continue to informed practice.

Develop your skills and understanding introduced in the Foundational Counselling Skills module. You will gain more knowledge of the counselling process and further awareness of ethical issues.

Develop a critical understanding of the key theories of coaching and coaching psychology as well as a reflexive understanding of a range of coaching skills in practice.

In Year Three you will further synthesise your expertise. Exploring deeper into cognitive behavioural therapy and the application of counselling skills will develop your interpersonal and counselling to a level ready for employment in range of professions or further postgraduate study. You will have the ability to understand and apply the concepts you have learned, and show you can critically evaluate competing arguments and formulate and justify your own approaches. Your placement activity consists of time spent working or volunteering, enabling you to apply therapeutic and professional skills gained on the course in an organisational context of your choice. Your final research project will be on a subject that you will choose.
Overall workload
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156 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
Clock icon
894 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Clock icon
150 hours Placements Some modules will give you the opportunity to undertake a work placement. These hours will be spent working in industry, gaining practical knowledge and professional skills that can be valuable to employers.
Assessment proportions
Year three is assessed by coursework predominantly, with some practical assessments.
Core Modules

Further develop your understanding and refine your skills to appreciate the use of self in the development of effective therapeutic relationships and consider professional practice implications.

Find your practice and experience within the wider context of mental health. You will develop a critical and analytical understanding of and approach to policy, legislation and practice. The module content includes exploration of alternative and challenging perspectives on the understanding of mental health issues and how these relate to working with individuals, families and carers in contemporary mental health practice.

Study quantitative and qualitative counselling research methodology and complete a research project of their own, thereby helping you to develop research skills, to consider ethical issues, to further enhance your critical thinking, to work independently over a sustained period of time and to articulate your understanding and stance of a specialised area of counselling.

Enhances the reflective skill you have developed so far on the course. You are encouraged to critically analyse and evaluate ethical issues in working with diverse clients in organisational contexts as well as reflecting on your own personal strengths and limitations of competence in your professional settings.

Get introduced to specific CBT skills and contemporary approaches to CBT. You are encouraged to apply some of the basic CBT concepts their work based learning.

Paul Nicholson
Paul Nicholson
Senior Lecturer

Paul Nicholson is a BACP accredited relational psychotherapist, training supervisor, senior lecturer and course leader. He has worked in mental health since 1997 and as a therapist in the NHS, voluntary sector and in private practice since 2005.

“Throughout my career in counselling and mental health, effective and genuine communication repeatedly emerge as the most important aspects of the work. Now, I train students to look critically at therapeutic relationships, understand how important they are and experience what it takes to develop them professionally with clients.”

Fees & funding

Fees information is not available for this selection of attendance, location and start date. Please re-select.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2019/20 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Additional course costs

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.

The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Access to the Interpersonal Skills Suite including plenty of private rooms equipped with recording facilities.

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific optional costs

Memory stick: Approximately £10

Books: Approximately £200 over two years (book loans are available from the library and ebooks available for some key texts)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2019/20 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.

Studying part-time gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace. Because of this, our tuition fees are calculated using credit points. Each module you study has a credit point value. Most modules have a credit point value of 20. The tuition fee for students entering in in 201920 on this course is £1541.60 for each 20 credit point module. For modules with a different credit point value their cost can be calculated by multiplying the credit value of the module by the cost per credit point of £77.08. The amount you will pay may increase each year in line with inflation.

Additional course costs

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.

The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Access to the Interpersonal Skills Suite including plenty of private rooms equipped with recording facilities.

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific optional costs

Memory stick: Approximately £10

Books: Approximately £200 over two years (book loans are available from the library and ebooks available for some key texts)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Studying part-time gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace. Because of this, our tuition fees are calculated using credit points. Each module you study has a credit point value. Most modules have a credit point value of 20. The tuition fee for students entering in in 201920 on this course is £2000 for each 20 credit point module. For modules with a different credit point value their cost can be calculated by multiplying the credit value of the module by the cost per credit point of £100. The amount you will pay may increase each year in line with inflation.

The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are not yet confirmed.

Additional course costs

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.

The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Placements
The University makes a financial contribution to travel expenses for placements, but students may need to pay towards their own travel expenses beyond this. Travel expenses thresholds are tiered dependent on the location of the placement. Students can claim public transport receipted costs as follows: regional travel up to £300, national travel up to £500, international placement travel up to £750. Any costs above those limits are incurred by the student.

Students are able to choose a placement location or secure one themselves that may be convenient for travel.

Course-specific optional costs

Memory stick: Approximately £10

Books: Approximately £200 over two years (book loans are available from the library and ebooks available for some key texts)

Other study-related expenses to consider: materials that you will need to complete your course such as books (the library stocks books from your module reading list and can order books from other locations for you if a copy isn’t available but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery (you will need to pay for multiple copies of your dissertation or final project to be printed and bound); events associated with your course such as field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations). Other costs could include academic conferences (travel costs) and professional-body membership (where applicable). The costs you will need to cover for graduation will include gown hire and guest tickets, and optional extras such as professional photography.

You may prefer to have your own mobile phone/tablet (to access university online services) but you can book and borrow AV equipment through the media equipment service accessed online via the student hub and located in the library at each campus. Equipment includes: such as 360 Cameras, iPads, GoPros, MacBooks, portable data projectors, portable projection screens, flipchart stands, remote presenters, digital cameras and camcorders, SLR cameras, speakers, microphones, headphones, headsets, tripods, digital audio recorders and PC/laptops (a laptop loans service is provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library on both campuses). Student laptops are also available from the laptop lockers located on the ground floor of the libraries.

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental, travel or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

 

The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are not yet confirmed.

Additional course costs

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.

The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Placements
The University makes a financial contribution to travel expenses for placements, but students may need to pay towards their own travel expenses beyond this. Travel expenses thresholds are tiered dependent on the location of the placement. Students can claim public transport receipted costs as follows: regional travel up to £300, national travel up to £500, international placement travel up to £750. Any costs above those limits are incurred by the student.

Students are able to choose a placement location or secure one themselves that may be convenient for travel.

Course-specific optional costs

Memory stick: Approximately £10

Books: Approximately £200 over two years (book loans are available from the library and ebooks available for some key texts)

Other study-related expenses to consider: materials that you will need to complete your course such as books (the library stocks books from your module reading list and can order books from other locations for you if a copy isn’t available but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery (you will need to pay for multiple copies of your dissertation or final project to be printed and bound); events associated with your course such as field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations). Other costs could include academic conferences (travel costs) and professional-body membership (where applicable). The costs you will need to cover for graduation will include gown hire and guest tickets, and optional extras such as professional photography.

You may prefer to have your own mobile phone/tablet (to access university online services) but you can book and borrow AV equipment through the media equipment service accessed online via the student hub and located in the library at each campus. Equipment includes: such as 360 Cameras, iPads, GoPros, MacBooks, portable data projectors, portable projection screens, flipchart stands, remote presenters, digital cameras and camcorders, SLR cameras, speakers, microphones, headphones, headsets, tripods, digital audio recorders and PC/laptops (a laptop loans service is provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library on both campuses). Student laptops are also available from the laptop lockers located on the ground floor of the libraries.

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental, travel or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

 

The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are not yet confirmed.

Additional course costs

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.

The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Placements
The University makes a financial contribution to travel expenses for placements, but students may need to pay towards their own travel expenses beyond this. Travel expenses thresholds are tiered dependent on the location of the placement. Students can claim public transport receipted costs as follows: regional travel up to £300, national travel up to £500, international placement travel up to £750. Any costs above those limits are incurred by the student.

Students are able to choose a placement location or secure one themselves that may be convenient for travel.

Course-specific optional costs

Memory stick: Approximately £10

Books: Approximately £200 over two years (book loans are available from the library and ebooks available for some key texts)

Other study-related expenses to consider: materials that you will need to complete your course such as books (the library stocks books from your module reading list and can order books from other locations for you if a copy isn’t available but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery (you will need to pay for multiple copies of your dissertation or final project to be printed and bound); events associated with your course such as field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations). Other costs could include academic conferences (travel costs) and professional-body membership (where applicable). The costs you will need to cover for graduation will include gown hire and guest tickets, and optional extras such as professional photography.

You may prefer to have your own mobile phone/tablet (to access university online services) but you can book and borrow AV equipment through the media equipment service accessed online via the student hub and located in the library at each campus. Equipment includes: such as 360 Cameras, iPads, GoPros, MacBooks, portable data projectors, portable projection screens, flipchart stands, remote presenters, digital cameras and camcorders, SLR cameras, speakers, microphones, headphones, headsets, tripods, digital audio recorders and PC/laptops (a laptop loans service is provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library on both campuses). Student laptops are also available from the laptop lockers located on the ground floor of the libraries.

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental, travel or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

 

The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are not yet confirmed.

Additional course costs

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.

The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Placements
The University makes a financial contribution to travel expenses for placements, but students may need to pay towards their own travel expenses beyond this. Travel expenses thresholds are tiered dependent on the location of the placement. Students can claim public transport receipted costs as follows: regional travel up to £300, national travel up to £500, international placement travel up to £750. Any costs above those limits are incurred by the student.

Students are able to choose a placement location or secure one themselves that may be convenient for travel.

Course-specific optional costs

Memory stick: Approximately £10

Books: Approximately £200 over two years (book loans are available from the library and ebooks available for some key texts)

Other study-related expenses to consider: materials that you will need to complete your course such as books (the library stocks books from your module reading list and can order books from other locations for you if a copy isn’t available but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery (you will need to pay for multiple copies of your dissertation or final project to be printed and bound); events associated with your course such as field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations). Other costs could include academic conferences (travel costs) and professional-body membership (where applicable). The costs you will need to cover for graduation will include gown hire and guest tickets, and optional extras such as professional photography.

You may prefer to have your own mobile phone/tablet (to access university online services) but you can book and borrow AV equipment through the media equipment service accessed online via the student hub and located in the library at each campus. Equipment includes: such as 360 Cameras, iPads, GoPros, MacBooks, portable data projectors, portable projection screens, flipchart stands, remote presenters, digital cameras and camcorders, SLR cameras, speakers, microphones, headphones, headsets, tripods, digital audio recorders and PC/laptops (a laptop loans service is provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library on both campuses). Student laptops are also available from the laptop lockers located on the ground floor of the libraries.

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental, travel or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

 

Facilities

  • Interpersonal Skills Suite
    Interpersonal Skills Suite

    We have plenty of private rooms to allow you to try out your counselling skills. They come equipped with recording facilities so you’re able to reflect on and improve your practice.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Location

City Campus

City Campus

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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