BA (Hons) Counselling


Course Length:1 Year Full-Time, 2 Years Part-Time
Start Dates:September 2018
Department:Faculty of Health and Social Care
Location:Edge Hill University

Please note, this programme is suspended for September 2017 entry.

  • Develop a critical understanding of theories, policies and practice relating to counselling;
  • Enhance your reflection skills and self-awareness in relation to counselling practice;
  • Maximise your ability to relate to different client groups.

This is a Level 6 conversion programme, giving you the opportunity to progress from a foundation degree (or equivalent) to an honours degree in a relevant subject.

The BA (Hons) Counselling is designed as a bespoke progression route from a Counselling foundation degree. The programme will equip you with a critical understanding of theories, policies and practice relating to counselling. It provides the opportunity to further develop your knowledge and skills, enabling you to conduct in-depth and critical analysis of specific areas of counselling which are of personal interest. You will also enhance your ability to relate to different client groups whilst developing critical reflection skills and self-awareness in relation to counselling practice.

The programme will appeal to those working, or seeking to work, within an environment that utilises counselling within its operations. This could include schools, colleges and university counselling services, GP surgeries, NHS Trusts, voluntary agencies or private practice. The course may also appeal to those engaged in human resource management or any other profession which adopts a caring approach to the wellbeing of others.

Faculty of Health and Social Care

Course in Depth

What will I study?

A critical analysis of counselling theory will underpin much of the in-depth exploration of the subject on this programme, allied to an ongoing review of your own personal development.

In addition, you will study research methods to develop a good understanding of the research process and complete a dissertation, concentrating on an area of vocational interest or concern, agreed with the module tutor.

How will I study?

This programme will be delivered using a variety of teaching and learning approaches including lecturer-led workshops, scenario-based learning and tutorials. Attendance is required throughout the programme.

How will I be assessed?

A variety of assessment techniques are used including presentations and written assignments. Throughout the programme formative assessment will be utilised with the opportunity for constructive feedback to be given prior to any summative submission.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by a highly qualified team of staff with extensive experience in the field of counselling and research methods. Guest speakers with specialised knowledge and skills will also be utilised to enhance the learning experience of the programme.

A Great Study Environment

The 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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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.

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.

HUG3147 Advanced Counselling Theory (30 credits)

Advanced Counselling Theory equips you with an enhanced critical awareness of three contrasting approaches to counselling that are relevant in the present context and meet the needs of different groups and conditions. You will develop a framework within which you can critically analyse the philosophical assumptions underpinning the approaches. You will also be able to recognise the impact of these on the conduct of counselling and the personal and cultural characteristics of the clients.

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.

HUG3263 Research Methodology (20 credits)

Research Methodology will enable you to develop an understanding of the research process. The module will also 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 how each approach can be seen as equally valuable and often complementary.

Please note, as an alternative to HUG3065 Negotiated Learning Shell, it may be possible to select a different 20 credit module, negotiated with the programme leader, from the Faculty of Health and Social Care portfolio.


You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. 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 or evening of the week.


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

You are normally required to demonstrate 120 credits at level 5 or equivalent, such as the completion of a Foundation Degree in Counselling. You may be required to attend an interview.

Where appropriate, applicants will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure and complete a declaration of health questionnaire. 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.

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?

This course has the potential to develop and enhance your counselling skills and qualities, maximising your chances of working in counselling services within your chosen area.


Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this conversion 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.

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.


How to Apply

Apply directly to Edge Hill University.

Download the application form (pdf) and notes for guidance (pdf).

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

Get in Touch

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Course Changes

Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented since 1st September 2015.

No material changes have been made to the information for this course since 1st September 2015. Any future amends will be tracked here.