Counselling for the Helping Professions at Plymouth Marjon University - UCAS

Plymouth Marjon University

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

Counselling for the Helping Professions

Course summary

Please note that this course is only available from year 2 onwards for September 2024 intake BSc (Hons) Counselling for the Helping Professions prepares you for a wide range of roles that involve working with people. It's a degree in people skills. You'll learn how to support others, training 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 • facilitate behaviour change These are highly transferable skills, which are invaluable in a wide range of helping professions. You'll learn about 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. The degree covers a variety of theoretical perspectives - person-centred, cognitive-behavioural, psychodynamic, and strengths-based. In terms of research, counselling is an evidence-based profession. Teaching is evidence-based, and you'll learn how to interpret, critique, and apply research. You'll also learn how to do research in the context of counselling. You'll also learn, practice, and develop the counselling skills that will be invaluable in a range of professions that involve listening to, caring for, and supporting other people. Why study at Marjon? • Small, person-focused university • No.2 university in England for Student Satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2024) • No.4 university in the UK for Career Prospects (WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2023) • No.4 uni in England for Education (Student Experience) (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023)


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 3

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

Entry for year 2 & 3 will require appropriate study at Level 4 & 5 for the relevant year. This is 120 credits at Level 4 for Year 2 entry, and 120 Credits & level 4 & 5 for year 3 entry, from an equivalent course elsewhere.

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

Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £14500 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 £14500 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