Counselling Skills and Criminology at University of Chester - UCAS

Course summary

A Combined Honours degree at Chester gives you the opportunity to study two subjects. You will spend a fairly even amount of time studying each subject area, with possible opportunities to declare a major – minor towards the end of your studies. Counselling Skills Enhance your ability to communicate and gain highly developed embedded counselling skills to help others in a wide range of people-related employment contexts. This course will give you the opportunity to develop practical counselling skills which can be used in a range of professional settings. You will evaluate the theories underpinning the skills and the contexts in which they are used, and enhance your self-awareness and capacity for ethical, empathic and reflective practice. You will develop valuable communication skills, knowledge and experience transferrable to a range of workplace and helping situations, as well as your multicultural competence and understanding. You will explore a wide variety of workplace contexts where counselling skills are used, carry out research and develop a critical understanding of different therapeutic approaches. Chester has a long-established national reputation for the provision of counselling education. We are linked to a cutting-edge research community and the course is delivered by practitioners and researchers who draw on their own professional and academic expertise. The teaching is largely experiential with a strong practical component, and this is enhanced by guest lecturers who bring in knowledge and skills from the wider professional and academic community. Criminology Prepare yourself for a career in one of the largest growing areas of employment as you explore the relationship between society, the individual, crime, punishment and victimisation. On this dynamic and diverse course, you will gain an extensive understanding of a range of case studies, and learn how criminology can help us examine the various harms, crimes and injustices that occur domestically and internationally. Explore the relationship between criminological theories and criminal justice policies and practices. Learn about explanations for crime and antisocial behaviour, and how the police and courts deal with such matters. You will study the role of punishment and the secure estate, and investigate crimes of the powerless and crimes of the powerful. The issue of human rights is integral to our analyses. Through our wide-ranging backgrounds and expertise, and in ensuring a rich interdisciplinary approach, we work to expand your criminological and victimological imagination. We encourage you to engage in independent learning and thought, and we equip you with the skills needed to find, retrieve and analyse an array of materials, such as expert-led research, personal testimonies and documentaries. Across the Department we have an emphasis on being student-centred. This includes students being assigned a Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) and highlighted drop-in times for you to visit lecturers.


For the latest example of curriculum availability on this degree programme please refer to the University of Chester's Website.

Assessment method

For Counselling Skills we use a range of assessment methods, including: reflective writing; critical reports; case studies; and essays and evaluations of recorded helping sessions. There are no exams. For Criminology assessments place emphasis on real-world scenarios and practical skill development with assessments fostering skills that are highly valuable for graduate careers. Examples of assessments include inquiry submissions, a podcast transcript, storyboard, poster, presentations, and essays. The University has a wide range of support available to help you excel in new and diverse forms of assessment.

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

A Level General Studies accepted; Welsh Baccalaureate accepted alongside A Levels/BTEC/OCRs

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £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

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

The University may increase these fees at the start of each subsequent year of your course in line with inflation at that time, as measured by the Retail Price Index. These fee levels and increases are subject to any necessary government, and other regulatory, approvals.
Counselling Skills and Criminology at University of Chester - UCAS