University of Bolton

Degree level: Undergraduate

Mental Health, Wellbeing and Counselling with foundation year

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Course summary

Learn to promote individual psychological wellbeing and improve mental health with the University of Bolton's BSc (Hons) Mental Health, Wellbeing and Counselling with foundation year course. Combining psychology, counselling, social and community work, law, and health care with the opportunity to gain a qualification in counselling skills, this exciting multidisciplinary course opens the door to a growing number of rewarding careers. Mental health issues affect around one in four adults, and the number of people reporting mental health problems has been increasing in recent years (1). While the importance of psychological wellbeing and the therapeutic power of counselling are widely recognised, more skilled professionals are needed to support counselling services, and to work in preventative and early intervention mental healthcare roles. Further career opportunities exist in roles that impact collective mental health and wellbeing indirectly through social initiatives and family and community services. Taught at our town-centre campus in Greater Manchester, the University of Bolton's BSc (Hons) Mental Health, Wellbeing and Counselling with foundation year course gives you the chance to learn about the interaction between psychology, counselling, social and community work, law, and health care. You will learn to appreciate the diversity of perspectives involved, and understand how concepts from these disciplines are combined to improve the lives of individuals, families and communities. The foundation year is the first year of this degree. Designed to prepare you for degree-level study, it offers an excellent grounding in the fundamentals of psychology, social sciences and research methods alongside study skills development. Our friendly and experienced team will guide you as you develop knowledge of the theories, methods and debates central to mental health and wellbeing at individual, family and community levels. We'll provide support as you explore psychology, gain specific counselling skills, and consider broader social, healthcare, and legal issues that impact psychological and physical wellbeing. We'll also focus on developing your knowledge and skills in applied research methods, especially those relating to evidence-based practice, as this will be of great value as you progress in your career. Interpersonal and transferable skills are vital, so we'll challenge you to develop sought-after communication, problem-solving, numerical, analytical, self-management, and IT skills. Our dedicated team will focus on helping you gain the skills employers value and a detailed understanding of mental health, wellbeing, and counselling. (1) accessed on 20 October 2022


Information about the modules offered as part of this course is available on the University of Bolton’s website.

Assessment method

Details of the learning activities and assessment methods for this course are available on the University of Bolton’s website.

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

You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent), including English and Mathematics. You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.

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Additional entry requirements


Please note that this course is subject to the University of Bolton's Fitness to Practise procedure. Applied learning in a professional setting is an essential part of this course. We work with many organisations to offer you this applied experience, and they may have additional requirements that you'll need to meet before you can undertake work-based learning with them. For example, settings that work with children, young people or vulnerable adults (also known as regulated activity) will require you to gain an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Each organisation has its own requirements, and if you're unable to meet the requirements of your preferred organisation, you'll need to choose another work-based experience setting. You'll also be responsible for meeting any additional costs relating to your applied learning.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent).

We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
EU £51000* Whole course
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
International £51000* Whole course

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Mental Health, Wellbeing and Counselling with foundation year at University of Bolton - UCAS