Counselling at University Centre Weston - UCAS

Course summary

The BSc (hons) in Counselling is a work-based professional training course focusing on person-centred pluralistic counselling practice within contemporary society. As a student, you will have an opportunity to explore how to integrate a pluralistic approach to counselling into a Rogerian person-centred foundation of theory and practice. The programme focuses on four professional training foundations: Professional practice As a student you will develop the core skills needed to become a professional, registered counsellor by completing a supervised work-based placement. This will enable you to apply for registered membership with the BACP on completion of the required hours. The course aligns itself with the main regulatory bodies SCoPed framework for training and enables you progress through the therapist bands with further training. Personal development You will have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of personal development activities, including an annual residential, weekly personal development groups and other reflective tasks and assignments. These opportunities will encourage you to develop the self-awareness and reflectivity needed to become a counselling professional. Counselling and society Students will engage with the therapeutic community through supervision, membership of a professional body, continuing professional development and research activities. As a student you will also be introduced to issues that affect psychological well-being and inclusion in wider society and will be encouraged to develop and promote inclusive and cultural competencies. You will also be introduced to aspects of inequality within mental health provision and will be encouraged to explore aspects of privilege and advantage and the impact this may have on therapeutic practice. Research and academic skills in counselling We recognise that research is an important skill for the practising counsellor/psychotherapist and you will develop your knowledge and skills of how to understand, interpret and conduct research in this area. We also offer support for your academic, personal and career development throughout the programme as well as having access to a professional network consisting of guest speakers and work-based learning opportunities. Working closely with professionals, employers and placement providers, will offer the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge needed for your chosen career path. It is envisaged that graduates from this programme could apply for Masters level courses in counselling, or work in private practice or within multidisciplinary healthcare settings.


Year 1: Person centred theory and practice 40 credits Supervision & personal development part 1 20 credits Mental health & society 20 credits Professional standards, ethics & justice 20 credits Introduction to research in counselling 20 credits Year 2: Pluralistic practice part 1 40 credits Supervision & personal development part 2 20 credits Brain, mind and mental health 20 credits Intersectionailty, justice & cultural awareness 20 credits Conducting research in counselling & psychotherapy 20 credits Year 3: Pluralistic practice part 2 40 credits Supervision & personal development part 3 20 credits Contemporary issues in counselling and psychotherapy 20 credits Research dissertation 40 credits

Assessment method

A range of summative assessment tasks will be used to assess the Intended Learning Outcomes in each module; these range from traditional academic essays, recorded practice sessions to interactive interviews and professional practice portfolios. Students will be supported in their development towards summative assessment by appropriate formative exercises throughout.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Applicants with a level 5 qualification such as HND, Foundation Degree, or equivalent can be considered for 3rd year entry.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants must have a level 2 qualification in Counselling, or a related level 3.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8900 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8900 Year 1
Scotland £8900 Year 1
Wales £8900 Year 1
Channel Islands £8900 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £8900 Year 1
EU £12500 Year 1
International £12500 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Students on this course are required to complete a DBS check through UCW prior to enrolment (approximately £50).
Counselling at University Centre Weston - UCAS