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Counselling and Mental Health

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English Language and Maths Grade 4 or above (Grade C for GCSEs taken before 2017) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

UCAS Tariff

120

a minimum of 80 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2024

Other options

6 years | Part-time | 2024

Subject

Counselling

**Learn how to improve the lives of those in need. You'll prepare for a challenging but rewarding career in the health and social care professions..**

As part of this course, you’ll:

- Explore a wide range of theories within psychology, mental health, counselling, child development and psychotherapy

- Combine theoretical knowledge with your ability to build effective therapeutic relationships

- Study a variety of therapeutic approaches

- Explore psychotherapeutic models including cognitive and behavioural development and look at theories on how mental health issues develop across the lifespan

- Learn how to develop your interpersonal skills in order to build supportive, empathetic relationships between you and your clients

This course will open employment opportunities across a range of roles. However, if you wish to focus on becoming a Counsellor, after graduating you'll be eligible to apply for postgraduate professionally accredited counselling course to fulfil the next step of your training. Our two-year MA Integrative Counselling will enable you to achieve qualified therapist status with the BACP.

**Find out more**

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.

**Tailor your studies**
You’ll study a variety of therapeutic approaches and will be able to tailor the course to your career ambitions. On completion, you’ll be able to build positive therapeutic relationships that can foster positive change for your clients, for example with people experiencing anxiety, depression and addiction.

**Enhance your career prospects**
You’ll practise your counselling and interpersonal skills using our interview and feedback rooms. Engaging with work-based learning opportunities, by volunteering or working in a relevant setting, you'll reflect on how you use your practical skills in the real world. These activities will help you become a confident, globally minded and emotionally mature individual, enhancing your career prospects.

**Industry links**
This course has been developed to offer awareness of ethical standards of practice. Your learning will be guided by expert academics from across the University, who include qualified and accredited counsellors, mental health nurses and psychologists.

**Why study Counselling and Mental Health at Leeds Beckett University...**
- 97% of students on BSc (Hons) Counselling & Mental Health were positive about the way teaching staff explain things*

- **Access to specialist facilities** - including our communications suite where you'll enhance your practical skills in a realistic setting

- **Explore fantastic work-based learning opportunities**

- **Learn from industry experts** - with access to guest lecturers, speakers, and conferences

- **Create the ideal study/life balance** - choose full-time or part-time study to suit you

- **Study a course shaped by academic research** - you'll explore the latest knowledge and industry practices

*National Student Survey 2023

Modules

Year 1 Core Modules:
- Resilience
- Psychological Foundations for Practice
- Professional & Academic Skills
- Engaging & Communicating
- Introduction to Mental Health
- Human Growth & Development Across the Lifespan

Year 2 Core Modules:
- Development of Counselling Skills
- Mental Health & Practice
- Research Methods
- Coaching
- Therapeutic Practice
- Transcultural Perspectives & Practice

Year 3 Core Modules:
- Application of Counselling Skills
- Reflective Professional Practice
- Theory & Practice of Research
- Contemporary Mental Health Perspectives
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in Practice

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

City CampusC

Department:

Health and Community Studies

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

56%
Counselling

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Counselling, psychotherapy and occupational therapy

Teaching and learning

63%
Staff make the subject interesting
67%
Staff are good at explaining things
67%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
68%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

68%
Library resources
80%
IT resources
78%
Course specific equipment and facilities
51%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
14%
Male students
86%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
6%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Counselling, psychotherapy and occupational therapy

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education

Top job areas of graduates

40%
Therapy professionals
10%
Other elementary services occupations
9%
Health professionals

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Counselling, psychotherapy and occupational therapy

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£23k

£23k

£27k

£27k

£30k

£30k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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