Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies BA (Hons)

Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies BA (Hons)

School of Community Health and Midwifery




Under- graduate



Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Five years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    BC98; Short form: BA/CPS

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    Full Time Students: September; Part Time Students: January and September

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

UCLan is one of only a few educational institutions where three different approaches to counselling and psychotherapy can be studied. These are psychoanalytical, humanistic and cognitive behavioural. This course gives a solid grounding in the understanding of counselling and psychotherapy and offers transferable skills, particularly relevant when working closely with other people in a helping profession such as nursing, social work and probation, as well as in human resources, management or mediation positions. You’ll undertake a placement during Year 2 to help prepare you for the workplace and, although not a practitioner course, this degree will prepare you for work in the field of counselling.


Entry Requirements 2016/17

280-300 points at A2, General Studies accepted
 Distinction, Merit, Merit
 Maths/English (Functional Skills Level 2 Maths & English, Key Skills Level 3 Communication & Application of Number, DO NOT ACCEPT - Adult Literacy Level 2, Adult Numeracy Level 2
Access to HE: 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction

Entry Requirements 2017/18

112 Points at A2; General Studies accepted
 Distinction, Merit, Merit 
Pass Access Course: 112 UCAS Points  
GCSE: 5 at grade C including Maths & English or equivalent or FS2 or KS3

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Introduction to the Unconscious
  • Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • The Human Being in Context
  • Introduction to Person-Centred Counselling and Counselling Skills
  • Key Issues in Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • An elective module

Year 2

  • Development of the Unconscious in Britain
  • Counselling Perspectives on Mental Health
  • Intermediate Counselling Skills in Practice
  • Person-Centred Counselling Theory in Context
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Skills and Interventions
  • The Research Process

Year 3

  • Psychoanalysis in Context
  • Enhanced Counselling Skills and Personal Development
  • Metacognitive Therapy and Theory
  • Integration and Contemporary Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Dissertation

And one of:

  • Personal Development
  • Expressive Art and Therapy
  • Solution Focussed Interventions

Further Information

All lecturers on this programme are counselling/psychotherapy practitioners engaged in current practice. This ensures that the latest theories and skills are taught to course participants. There are many different theoretical approaches to counselling and psychotherapy and you can be assured that you will be taught by lecturers with knowledge and skills relating to the taught subject.

In addition the course team includes staff who are currently researching within their chosen field as well as one member who is working for the BACP Professional Conduct Committee.

The School of Health is committed to the values and principles of the NHS Constitution and these are integral to our programmes. The approaches to delivery and the content of our programmes aim to foster a culture which embraces the NHS Values of:

  • Working together for patients
  • Respect and dignity
  • Commitment to quality of care
  • Compassion
  • Improving lives 
  • Everyone counts

All course facilitators operate within the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework.

During the first year you will consider what counselling and psychotherapy are as well as some of the contributing subjects that will help to expand knowledge in this field. Following this, you will be introduced to the three major theories that underpin counselling/psychotherapy work in today's society (i.e. cognitive behavioural, humanistic and psychoanalytic theories).

In the second year you will expand your knowledge and develop skills in relation to each of these theoretical areas, in addition to developing knowledge about yourself through personal development. These skills will be put into a variety of contexts and will be underpinned by an increasing awareness of ethics and ethical principles in the way that counsellors/psychotherapists work. You will also develop your knowledge in relation to the research process and to how knowledge is formed.

During the third year you will consolidate your education to date through the development and application of counselling theories to particular contexts. An elective module will allow you to consider different perspectives as well as to develop an awareness of the philosophical underpinnings behind a number of theories.

Access to three specialist teaching rooms with up-to-date multimedia systems incorporating recording equipment, in addition to a specialist recording studio and editing suite.


The courses focus on interpersonal skills common to most approaches within a variety of counselling situations, and use is made of experiential learning, complemented by more formal lectures and discussions. For this course, a student-centred approach to teaching is adopted and learning will be predominantly based around exercises and discussions. However there will also be lectures, seminars, skills learning exercises and camera/DVD work. The overall assessment strategy is geared to the same goals - that of the development of interpersonal and counselling skills, and a knowledge base of all three approaches - the Person-Centred Approach, the Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Approach or the Psychoanalytic Approach. The assessment strategy culminates with the completion of a dissertation related to an area of interest within the fields of counselling and psychotherapy. The course may lead onto a recognised, professional Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (BACP accredited – British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy).

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

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You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

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Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: TBC per 20 credit module

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Learning Environment and Assessment

Counselling courses at UCLan have the benefit of three specialist teaching rooms incorporating up-to-date multimedia systems with recording equipment, in addition to a specialist recording studio and editing suite. We also have an increasingly large number of books and journals that are available on-line as e-books and e-journals.

Many of the classes are facilitated in small groups 15-20 in size. From a teaching and learning perspective a combination of lectures, experiential exercises and discussions based on particular approaches will be used. These will be student centred and will incorporate group discussion and participation in practice groups. This will also involve working in small groups (dyads or triads) in order that course members both practice and experience counselling skills. An important element of the course is also the ability of the student to reflect on self and to give feedback to their peer group which students will incorporate within the keeping of a personal learning journal.

All course facilitators operate within the BACP Ethical Framework.

A variety of assignments will be utilised and includes theoretical and reflective essays, negotiated assignments, projects, presentations, skills videos/DVDs, naturalistic observations.

An amazing course; we are learning so much! ....The experience is great and the tutors very accessible..


You will be able to undertake a placement during Year 2 to help prepare you for the workplace. You will also have the chance to experience some of the ways in which counselling and psychotherapy are delivered abroad (i.e. an opportunity for international study).

Our graduates can work in a variety of fields. Some will wish to continue on to train as a counsellor and psychotherapist by undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma/MA in Integrative Psychotherapy (BACP Accredited); some wish to pursue work in the field of Mental Health by working as Psychological Well-being Practitioners (PWP’s); some pursue work by training as Registered Nurses in Mental Health, General Adult or Child branches; others pursue work by training to be Social Workers (the MA in Social Work); whilst others pursue a range of employment opportunities working with people in other ways.