Plymouth Marjon University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of St Mark & St John

Counselling for the Helping Professions

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Course summary

The BSc (Hons) Counselling for the Helping Professions celebrates how training in counselling prepares people for a wide range of roles that involve working with people. As a “degree in people skills”, the BSc (Hons) trains people in how to work with and support others through learning how to: listen actively; empathise and demonstrate that empathy so that others feel heard and understood; be self-aware and reflective; communicate clearly and effectively with others; handle confidential information; work with emotions and emotional content; manage difficult and high-pressure situations relating to mental health; interpret, manage, and operate in stressful situations; think critically and use evidence to make decisions; and facilitate behaviour change. Such transferable skills, which are trained and developed in depth on this course, will be invaluable in a wide range of helping professions that involve working with people. On this degree, we educate in the theory, research, and practice of counselling and associated subjects like Psychology, with a particular interest in how these can be used to support other people. With consideration to theory, there are a variety of approaches to counselling that are based on different theoretical perspectives of behaviour change. The degree covers a variety of these theoretical perspectives (person-centred, cognitive-behavioural, psychodynamic, strengths-based). With consideration to research, counselling is an evidence-based profession. Teaching is evidence-based, and students learn how to interpret, critique, and apply research. They also learn how to conduct research in the context of counselling. With consideration to practice, students learn, practise, and develop the counselling skills that will be invaluable in a range of professions that involve listening to, caring for, and supporting other people.


Year 1 • Immersing in Psychotherapy and Counselling • Introduction to Psychotherapy and Counselling • Skills in Psychotherapy and Counselling • Skills in Psychotherapy and Counselling 2 • Introduction to Mental Health and Wellbeing • Psychology and Counselling Year 2 • Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Counselling • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy • Research in Psychotherapy and Counselling • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Counselling • Working Ethically in a Mental Health Context • Engaging with Employability: Psychotherapy and Counselling Contexts Year 3 • Positive Psychology and Strengths-Based Approaches • Counselling Skills in Professional Roles and Settings • Personal and Professional Development in Psychotherapy and Counselling • Working with Difference and Diversity • Empirical Project in Psychotherapy and Counselling

Assessment method

• Academic skills portfolio • Applied project • Case study • Case study and reflection portfolio • Conference poster • Counselling skills portfolio • Critical review • Directed research report • Essay • Ethical approval application • Observed practice and written reflection portfolio • Online quiz • Portfolio of critical reflections • Poster • Practical portfolio • Presentation • Reflective essay and log of hours (portfolio) • Research proposal • Scientific report • Written reflection

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Other Level 3 qualifications will be considered

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


English language requirements

GCSE English or equivalent at Grade C or 4, or above

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £13000 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £13000 Year 1

Additional fee information

EU applicants will be classed as International unless they have Pre-settled or Settled status.
Counselling for the Helping Professions at Plymouth Marjon University - UCAS