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. 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. 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). 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. *PLEASE NOTE - THIS PROGRAMME IS UNDERGOING PERIODIC REVIEW/REAPPROVAL IN THE 2019-20 ACADEMIC YEAR FOR DELIVERY FROM 2020-21. Periodic Review is a monitoring and review activity undertaken by all universities/colleges delivering HE programmes. Any changes to the existing programmes as a result of this process will be fully communicated to all applicants as soon as possible after conclusion of the reviews.
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. 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. Modules at Level 6: Critical Issues in Psychology 1 and 2; Independent Research Project; Counselling Theory and Practice 4: A Comparative Perspective; Counselling Theory and Practice 5: The Person Centred Approach in Context.
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.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
We require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and health check for admission to this course. You will be invited for an interview 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.
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
Enhanced DBS certificate required for the Child and Adult Workforce.
Successful candidates will be required to complete an online health questionnaire.
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