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BA (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy

Prepare for a career as a professional counsellor or psychotherapist, gaining experience with real clients and developing emotional and relational awareness through a person-centred experiential model of therapy.

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      UCAS Code: BC98
      Course Length: 3 Years Full-Time
      Start Dates: September 2022, September 2023
      Subjects: Counselling and Psychotherapy
      Location: Edge Hill University
      Example Offers: BCC-BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC)
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      This degree is for those looking to enter a career in counselling and psychotherapy, either in an environment which offers counselling or one which encompasses the emotional and psychological wellbeing of others. You will develop in-depth knowledge and clinical capabilities as you train to become a highly effective therapist. You will gain a critical understanding of the theories, policies and practice of counselling and psychotherapy and specialise in a research-informed and person-centred experiential model of therapy. Our highly experienced tutors will expertly support you throughout the programme, from gaining introductory counselling skills to undertaking professional counselling practice with actual clients. Successful completion of this degree will enable you to practice as a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist.

      Please note, if you would like to discover different models of counselling, participate in personal development groups and develop the work-based skills and empathy needed for employment in the helping professions without gaining professional qualification as a counsellor, you should consider our BSc (Hons) Critical Approaches to Counselling & Psychotherapy degree.

      Student and Alumni Profiles

      • Lynne Hutton

        Lynne Hutton

        BA (Hons) Counselling & 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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      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 and professional skills are taught to enhance your academic experience.

      Year 2 engages you in supervised practice with actual clients while introducing different methods of research and immersing you in the theories of psychotherapy. The issues and processes which clients present in therapy will be explored to enhance your practice and adaptability to meet client needs. An experiential approach to practice-based learning underpins all modules. 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 while receiving feedback and guidance from academic staff. A critical reflexive approach to practice is further developed and you will enhance your therapeutic use of self through process groups and student-led seminars. The programme concludes with a self-directed study module and 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 counselling placements in years 2 and 3, completing a minimum of 15 hours of client work in Year 2 and a minimum of 100 hours of client work in Year 3. 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.

      You will be responsible for travel and parking costs while on placement or attending external supervision.

      How will I be assessed?

      A variety of assessment techniques are used including presentations, vivas, seminars 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.


      The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine offers some of the best facilities for the education and training of health and social care professionals in the country.

      The outstanding teaching and learning resources include leading edge clinical skills facilities, an 860-seat lecture theatre, and a variety of teaching rooms and social learning spaces.


      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.


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      Year 1

      Compulsory modules:

      HUG1189Developing 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.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      HUG1188Experiential 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.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      HUG1187Experiential 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.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      HUG1137Introduction to Professional and Academic Skills (20 credits)

      Introduction to Professional and Academic Skills enables you to acquire key academic and professional skills on your journey to becoming an independent learner. Your academic skills will be enhanced to include note-taking, presentation skills, IT skills, the reading of academic articles and the development of a personal portfolio. You will also explore effective and ineffective communication strategies, self-awareness, resilience and transferable life skills such as time management, assertiveness, negotiation, active listening and problem solving.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      HUG1186Introductory 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.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      FDH1158Professional 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.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      Year 2

      Compulsory modules:

      HUG2303Advanced 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.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      HUG2301Client 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.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      FDH2209Personal 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. The module provides you with the opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings about your own and other group members’ life experiences. This will be achieved in a personal development group and through the use of expressive art materials such as paintings, modelling and collage work. The aim is to identify and process memories and experiences that impact on your personal and helping relationships.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      HUG2302Supervised 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.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      HUG2213Understanding Research (30 credits)

      Understanding Research familiarises you with the nature and variety of research methods and data collection techniques, together with the need for an evidence-base to guide the decision-making process. You will evaluate qualitative and quantitative methods, examining the positive and negative aspects of both approaches in a comparative analysis. A key aspect of this module is the literature review. You will be shown how to develop a literature search strategy, learn how to find relevant literature using electronic databases and understand how to appraise the literature you find to identify key themes. Ethical considerations in relation to the development and undertaking of research will also be considered.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      Year 3

      Compulsory modules:

      HUG3245Advanced 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.

      Assessment: Coursework: 40%, Practical(s): 60%.

      HUG3247Contemporary 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.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      HUG3246Integrated 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.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      HEA3065Negotiated 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.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      You will select one of the following optional modules:

      HUG3100Dissertation (30 credits)

      Dissertation enables you to focus on an area of vocational interest, or concern, which is 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.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      HUG3240Primary 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.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      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.

      Entry Criteria

      Entry Requirements

      Typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.

      An interview forms 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’. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

      Example Offers

      Some examples of how you can achieve 104-112 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

      • A Level: BCC-BBC;
      • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
      • T Level: Overall grade of Merit;
      • International Baccalaureate (IB): We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points;
      • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3, for example 9 credits at Distinction and 36 credits at Merit or 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.

      If 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 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.

      English Language Requirements

      International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

      If your current level of English is half a band or one band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

      Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

      If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

      Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit

      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 therapy, and student support at universities and colleges.

      How can I enhance my employability?

      It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

      Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

      • Sandwich Years – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement, usually as the third year of a four year degree, and gain highly relevant work experience;
      • Learning a Language – you may be able to participate in Language Steps classes, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as additional study.

      Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.


      Tuition Fees

      If you are a prospective UK student who will be joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2022/23, the tuition fee will be £9,250 a year. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2022/23 are £15,000 a year.

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

      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

      Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this undergraduate degree can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

      For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining this programme in academic year 2022/23, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2022/23 guide at

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see for further details.

      Financial support information for international students can be found at


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      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.

      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.

      Further information for international students about how to apply is available at

      Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

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      Get in Touch

      If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

      International students should visit or email [email protected] with any queries about overseas study.

      Course Changes

      Expand All This tab outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years. Future material changes will be added here as amends are made to course information.

      2nd March 2021 - Update to Example Offers

      Example offers updated to include the Education and Childcare T Level with an overall grade of Merit.

      Covid-19 - Counselling & Psychotherapy Essential Information

      Counselling & Psychotherapy Course Statement

      Weekly delivery to consist of six hours of onsite teaching supported by three hours of online learning, comprising synchronous (seminar and tutorial) and asynchronous (lecture) learning activities and academic support.

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