University of Salford

Degree level: Undergraduate

Counselling and Psychotherapy (Professional Practice)

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Course summary

Human relationships are at the heart of almost every aspect of our personal and working lives. Training to be a professional counsellor develops your understanding of effective relationships and enables you to help people who are struggling with themselves or with others to find their own ways to transform their situation. This course offers you the opportunity to graduate as a highly skilled professional counsellor, with many exciting and rewarding career paths open to you. The course meets the training requirements for professional registration with the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), and opens the progression route to individual BACP accreditation. The course is structured around modules that deliver professional training components, and that broaden and deepen your understanding of counselling-related issues. You will develop your competence in working with the person-centred counselling approach, and you will develop a wide range of professional skills, including communication, reflective practice and self-awareness, research skills, mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). At the end of the second year you can choose to transfer to the non-qualifying degree, the BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy: Theoretical Studies, which has a greater focus on research and does not include the professional placement.


During your first year of study, you will undertake modules such as Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Approaches, Mindfulness and Wellbeing, Therapy, Ethics and Human Rights. Your first year will introduce you to counselling theory and practice and will enable you to establish and develop your counselling skills. In your second year, you will study modules such as Preparation for Practice, Professional Issues, Ethics and Supervision and Practice-Based Reflection and Research. Your second year consolidates and deepens your counselling skills and prepares you thoroughly for professional practice on your placement. The main focus of your third and final year is the supervised professional placement. Examples of modules in your third year could include: Expressive Therapies, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Counselling and Psychotherapy for Children and Young People.

Assessment method

Assessment methods will vary depending on the modules you choose. You can expect: Essays 50% Practical skills assessments 25% The remaining 25% will be split between: Group work Presentations Reflective writing

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE English and /Math grade A-C Required A Subject specific personal statement is required as this will be read as part of the interview selection process Everyone applying for this course completes a telephone interview to explore their aptitude for the course before an offer can be confirmed.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


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