• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration

About

Broaden your knowledge and experience

This Counselling and Psychotherapy Principles and Practices (Hons) at University of Derby represents an excellent introduction to counselling and psychotherapy. It puts you on the pathway not only to further postgraduate study – so that you can qualify to practise as a counsellor or psychotherapist – but also to broader roles within health, social care, education and human resource management, both in the UK and overseas.

The course will develop you academically, professionally and personally, equipping you with essential life skills alongside a strong foundation of theoretical knowledge. You’ll become familiar with a number of different psychological therapies that can be applied in a wide variety of contexts and situations. We focus on both interpersonal and intrapersonal development, with an emphasis on nurturing your skills as a reflective practitioner.

In tune with latest developments

The world of counselling and psychotherapy is constantly changing and this course has been specifically designed to reflect the demands of life and work in the 21st century. Drawing on our strong engagement with the professional bodies, it aims to meet the growing need for effective, skilled and forward-thinking counsellors and psychotherapists.

Careers and employability

With careers advice an integral part of your studies, this course equips you to compete effectively in the graduate careers market. After graduation you’ll have a wide range of options and could progress to roles within health and social care, counselling, psychotherapy and psychology.

If you would like to take your qualifications to the next level and become a professional counsellor and/or psychotherapist, we offer a full range of postgraduate programmes including accredited MSc courses in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy and Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy.

These could pave the way to rewarding counselling and psychotherapy positions within the NHS, schools, colleges and universities, and any organisations which employ therapists as part of their occupational health portfolio. Some of the students who complete our postgraduate programmes also go on to develop their own private practice or advance to research degrees.

However, the transferable skills you gain on the BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy Principles and Practices also mean that you could pursue careers in a wide variety of other professions where excellent people skills and emotional intelligence are valued, including nursing, social work, education, coaching, mental health, human resource management and marketing.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Credits
    120 Credits per Year alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Stage one

You'll study modules such as:

  • History of Psychological Therapies
  • Human Engagement and Connections: Understanding Self in Relation to Other 1
  • Health and Social Care Settings, Contexts and Frameworks
  • Psychology in the Modern World
  • Developing Counselling Skills and Personal and Professional Development
  • Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology
Stage two

You’ll study modules such as:

  • Psychotherapeutic Approaches and Professional Development Planning (PDP) - including a mandatory insight visit
  • Human Engagement and Connections: Understanding Self in Relation to Other 2
  • Meta-Awareness and the Unconscious
  • Qualitative Methods: The Individual in Society
  • Psychopathology: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Issues
Stage three

You’ll study modules such as:

  • Dissertation and Professional Development Planning
  • Core Issues, Diversity and Debates
  • Counselling Skills
  • Negotiated Module
  • The Reflective Systemic Practitioner

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    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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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

September typical entry requirements

  • UCAS points 96-112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
  • Specific requirements at GCSE  Five GCSEs at or above Grade C (or Grade 4), including Maths and English

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12500 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
Fees for UK/EU part time : £1,155 per module

Funding

  • We have a range of scholarships and discounts available to students from outside the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA).
  • We award scholarships based on your application to study; there is no separate form to complete. All applications from eligible students will be considered for a scholarship by our international admissions team. We will notify you of your scholarship when we make you an offer, and apply your discount to your remaining fees.
  • You must be applying for a full-time degree and applications for postgraduate research, online studies, foundation and pre-sessional language programmes are not eligible for a discount or scholarship.

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