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Counselling, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #1001 (WUR) Cambridge, United Kingdom
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. 
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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.

  • 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.

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Include

  • Essential Study Skills for Undergraduates 
  • Professional Ethical Practice 
  • Introductory Counselling Skills 
  • Experiential Processes 
  • Experiential Person-Centred Theory 
  • Developing Counselling Skills 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12000 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 846 - 1470 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. Full-time UK students may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

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