Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies

Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies BA (Hons)

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.

Key Information

  • Duration:

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

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

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

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy And Occupational Therapy at UCLan is 3rd in the North West for assessment and feedback  - National Student Survey 2019.
  • You can study three different approaches to counselling and psychotherapy; psychoanalytical, humanistic and cognitive behavioural.
  • You will have 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.
  • All course facilitators operate within the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework.

Course Overview

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

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104 - 112 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction - Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 106 - 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 104 - 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

International Students

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Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Not got the grades?

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

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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.

UCLan is committed to the values and principles of the NHS Constitution and these are integral to our health 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.

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).

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.

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).

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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. 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.

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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.

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Nicole Royles

Nicole Royles

BA (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy, 2017

Nicole came to UCLan at foundation level via Clearing, and graduated with a first-class honours. She recently went into an Internship here at UCLan as a PASS Co-ordinator, and has now been offered the position on a full-time contract.

Important Information

This course is based in the School of Community Health and Midwifery

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.