BA (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy

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UCAS Code:BC98
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2018
Department:Faculty of Health and Social Care
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Prepare for a career as a professional counsellor or psychotherapist;
  • Gain counselling and psychotherapy experience with actual clients;
  • Train using a research-informed and person-centred experiential model of therapy, with a strong focus towards working therapeutically with emotion and process.

This degree is for those looking to enter a career in counselling and psychotherapy, either in an environment which utilises counselling or one which encompasses the emotional and psychological wellbeing of others. You will develop your counselling knowledge and skills and train to become a highly effective therapist, gaining a critical understanding of the theories, policies and practice relating to counselling and psychotherapy and specialising within an experiential person-centred model of therapy. Experienced tutors will support you throughout, from gaining introductory counselling skills with your peers to undertaking professional counselling practice with clients. Successful completion of this degree will enable you to practice as a counsellor and psychotherapist.

Student Profiles

  • Lynne Hutton

    BA (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy
    This course has literally been life changing and I have experienced a huge amount of personal growth which has assisted my practice as a counsellor.
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Course in Depth

What will I study?

During Year 1 you will develop your counselling skills through practice with peers, observation of practice and supervised feedback sessions. Self-awareness and emotional insight are key aspects of the programme and you will engage in facilitated personal development sessions. You will also be introduced to the theories of psychotherapeutic change to inform your practice, as well as preparing for client work by studying the ethics of counselling practice. Essential study skills are taught to enhance your academic experience.

Year 2 engages you in supervised practice with actual clients whilst introducing different methods of research and immersing you in the theories of psychotherapy at greater depth. The issues which clients present in therapy will be explored to enhance your practice and adaptability to meet client needs. You will also increase your own understanding of self in relation to others via a weekly personal development group.

You will continue with supervised client work in Year 3 whilst receiving feedback and guidance from academic staff. A critical appraisal of psychotherapy is completed and you will deepen your therapeutic use of self through process groups and student-led seminars. The programme concludes with a self-directed study module and the undertaking of a dissertation, allowing you to concentrate on an area of vocational interest or concern agreed with your tutor.

How will I study?

This programme is delivered utilising a variety of teaching and learning approaches, including lecturer-led workshops, counselling skills practice sessions, group discussions, process groups, tutorials and student-led seminars. An experiential learning approach is adopted in order to support self-reflective practice.

You will be required to undertake a counselling placement in years 2 and 3 and complete 100 hours of client work. This will entail providing one-to-one therapy with actual clients and will be a supervised practice, ensuring you gain the necessary professional experience to become a competent practitioner.

How will I be assessed?

A variety of assessment techniques are used including presentations and written assignments. Formative assessment is incorporated to support achievement and confidence with the opportunity for constructive feedback prior to any summative submission.

There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by a highly qualified team with vast experience in the field of counselling and research methods. The degree is led by a programme leader and each module has an individual module coordinator. You will also be assigned a personal tutor to support your learning experience. You will have access to excellent library facilities and learning services support. Guest speakers with specialised knowledge will also enhance your learning experience.

A Great Study Environment

BSc (Hons) Counselling and PsychotherapyThe Faculty of Health and Social Care is one of the leading providers of education and training for health and social care professionals in the North West of England.

Offering some of the best facilities for health and social care students in the country, the innovative £14m Faculty of Health and Social Care building provides outstanding teaching and learning resources, including leading edge clinical skills facilities, ten teaching rooms, an 860-seat lecture theatre and a number of social learning spaces.

The faculty is home to a thriving research culture which includes a series of staff and student conference programmes, guest lectures and seminars, as well as active research groups.


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Year 1

FDH1100 Essential Study Skills for Undergraduates (20 credits)

Essential Study Skills for Undergraduates enables you to identify your own individual learning styles. The module provides the opportunity for you to develop your IT skills, essay writing, note-taking and presentation skills in order to enhance your learning experience. Facilitation of information retrieval and introduction to the University’s virtual learning environment is also encompassed within this module.

FDH1158 Professional Ethical Practice (20 credits)

Professional Ethical Practice explores the professional, legal and ethical frameworks that underpin practice within health and social care. Issues related to professionalism, such as confidentiality, boundaries and legal responsibilities will be explored. In addition, you will explore the principles, process and value of supervision within the counselling relationship.

HUG1186 Introductory Counselling Skills (20 credits)

Introductory Counselling Skills gives you a firm grounding in basic counselling skills and active listening. This is achieved through providing introductory counselling skills training within a theoretical framework of experiential person-centred counselling and psychotherapy, underpinned by an introduction to the core competencies of humanistic psychotherapy. The module will explore the characteristics and attitudinal qualities of an effective therapeutic relationship.

HUG1187 Experiential Processes (20 credits)

Experiential Processes provides you with the opportunity to develop an increasing awareness of self and other within an experiential process group. The focus of the module is to introduce you to the role of accessing and expressing emotion and experiencing within therapy.

HUG1188 Experiential Person-Centred Theory (20 credits)

Experiential Person-Centred Theory focuses on key aspects of experiential person-centred theory and explores the function of process and emotion in this particular therapeutic model. The module will consider the underpinning philosophies of this mode of therapy in order to ground learning. To give breadth to your theoretical awareness, the core model will be considered alongside a ‘common factors’ approach to evidence-based psychotherapy relationships. You will be encouraged to engage with contemporary psychotherapy research so as to inform your future clinical practice.

HUG1189 Developing Counselling Skills (20 credits)

Developing Counselling Skills guides you towards an appropriate level of competence for your clinical practice with real clients. This will be achieved by training you in a ‘process-sensitive’ approach to therapy, where experiential differentiation and emotional specificity are core aspects of practice. The module is underpinned by an experiential introduction to process work in therapy, covering emotion theory and its evidence-based relevance within therapy. You will explore the characteristics of a therapeutic relationship which seeks to promote client self-agency, specifically through the therapeutic tasks that enable the client to access their own emotions and experiencing.

Year 2

FDH2209 Personal Development (20 credits)

Personal Development focuses upon the developing independent reflective practitioner, enabling you to identify and work with differences between the clinical practice of your peers to enhance the client experience and relationship. This module will focus on your ability to be congruent and immediate within a personal development group. You will consolidate your learning, enhance your ability to develop an experiential person-centred way of being relevant to the core model of practice, and contribute to a greater understanding and appreciation of self on the counselling relationship.

HUG2213 Understanding Research (30 credits)

Understanding Research introduces you to research to develop an understanding of the research process. The module will familiarise you with the nature and variety of research methods together with the need for an evidence base to guide the decision making process. You will evaluate qualitative and quantitative methods, examining both the positive and negative aspects of both approaches, in order to determine that each approach can be seen as equally valuable and often complementary.

HUG2301 Client Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy (20 credits)

Client Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy considers the range of presenting issues which bring clients to therapy. The module will promote a phenomenological approach to understanding clients’ presenting issues and emotional processes. The aim is to support your ability to engage with a wide range of clients by exploring the nature of common presenting issues. This will be done in the context of experiential person-centred therapy which is a potential-oriented model in which the phenomenology of the client takes precedence over any diagnostic model. The medical model for understanding emotional distress is culturally predominant. This module aims to engage critically with the medical model in a manner which stimulates debate and reflexive discussion.

HUG2302 Supervised Practice (30 credits)

Supervised Practice promotes effective and ethical practice in your clinical placement. The module is, therefore, designed to be a blend of casework supervision and therapy training. The mode of delivery will be predominantly focused within small group work, which is supplemented by whole group input on therapeutic processes, skills training, ethical issues, process work and placement issues. You will be encouraged to share examples of best practice and process problematic clinical experiences.

HUG2303 Advanced Experiential Person-Centred Theory (20 credits)

Advanced Experiential Person-Centred Theory develops your knowledge of experiential person-centred therapy by focusing on key theoretical constructs and underpinning philosophies of process-oriented psychotherapy. The module is underpinned by the aim of turning contemporary research evidence into therapy processes and consequently encourages you to utilise findings to inform practice. As such, the module is intended to support the development of your clinical practice, the integration of ‘lived theory’, and the promotion of a reflexive attitude towards the profession.

Year 3

HEA3065 Negotiated Learning Shell (20 credits)

Negotiated Learning Shell offers an opportunity for you to study a topic or work related issue at degree level. It involves you identifying the chosen area for study, developing and negotiating a learning contract (which will outline the what, how, when, where and why of the study period), as well as the means of assessment to showcase the acquired learning.

HUG3245 Advanced Supervised Practice (30 credits)

Advanced Supervised Practice incorporates a clinical placement designed to help you progress to a creative mastery phase of therapeutic practice. The module is designed to be a blend of casework supervision and advanced therapy training. You will be supervised in creatively adapting treatment principles and tasks to new situations in response to client need. The mode of delivery will be predominantly focused within small group work, which is supplemented by whole group input on therapeutic processes, skills training, ethical issues, process work and placement issues. You will be encouraged to share examples of best practice and process problematic clinical experiences.

HUG3246 Integrated Personal Development (20 credits)

Integrated Personal Development provides the opportunity for you to develop an increasing awareness of self and others within an experiential process group. The focus of the module is to facilitate you in the process of accessing and expressing emotion and experiencing within therapy. You will be expected to work with your own emotion schemes and configurations of self. The module aims to integrate students within a ‘therapist’s developmental agenda’ fundamental to experiential person-centred therapy.

HUG3247 Contemporary Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy (20 credits)

Contemporary Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy considers the wider social context in which therapy takes place and engages you in the critical discussion of contemporary philosophical and social issues influencing contemporary therapeutic practice. The module advocates a panoramic consideration of cultural factors which influence emotional and psychological health and wellbeing. The aim is to critically evaluate your role in society as a therapist and facilitate the development of critical thinking skills as an essential aspect of reflexive practice. A social constructionist approach is taken to understand the impact of culture, language and social relations. This will provide you with the reflective space in which to identify the assumptions and prejudices which may inadvertently restrict your ability to communicate openly with clients in your practice.

You will select one of the following modules:

HUG3100 Dissertation (30 credits)

Dissertation focuses on the identification of an area of vocational interest or concern to be identified by yourself and agreed with your supervisor. You will engage in a structured review of the literature related to the specific area of study, apply critical analysis to the literature and make recommendations that could improve service provision.

HUG3240 Primary Research Dissertation (30 credits)

Primary Research Dissertation focuses on the identification of an area of vocational interest or concern to be identified by yourself and agreed with your supervisor. You will engage in a structured review of existing literature and design and carry out a research project related to your specific area of study. You will apply critical analysis to the established literature as well as the findings from your proposed research and make recommendations that could improve service provision.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.


Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points, for which no specific subjects are required, plus at least five GCSEs at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language.

An interview will form part of the selection process.

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’. The standard cost of applying for DBS Enhanced Disclosure for this course is currently £50. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Example Offers

Some typical examples of how you can achieve 112 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Levels – BBC;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) – Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma – 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at

International students should visit for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

On successful completion of this degree you will be professionally qualified as a counsellor and psychotherapist. The programme supports employment within a variety of settings, including the NHS, private healthcare, hospices, charities, prisons, human resource functions, career advisory services, independent professional therapists and student support at universities and colleges.


Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2018/19, tuition fees are still to be announced by the Government. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2018/19 are £11,800 per annum.

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Financial Support

Financial support arrangements for eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2018/19 are still to be announced by the Government. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

Financial support information for international students can be found at


ScholarshipsEdge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible full-time UK and EU students.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit


How to Apply

Apply online through UCAS at

Visit to find out more about the application process.

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Get in Touch

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Course Changes

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