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Critical Approaches to Counselling and Psychotherapy, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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This degree will introduce you to a variety of counselling models and enable you to explore counselling and psychotherapy as a means of promoting social justice, with a key focus on community action. You will participate in personal development sessions to build your confidence, self-awareness and active listening skills, while learning how to facilitate groupwork and prepare for establishing and leading a community-based support group.

 The programme will equip you with the qualities and work-based skills needed to respond with empathy in a wide variety of roles supporting others, while encouraging your growth into a socially aware, politically engaged and empathically attuned graduate.

Career Prospects

Following the publication of the Government’s Stepping Forward plan (Health Education England, 2017), a variety of new and innovative support roles are expected to provide increased employment opportunities in the NHS mental health workforce.

You may wish to pursue a career working within the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service as a psychological wellbeing practitioner or child and young person psychological wellbeing practitioner. You could also secure mental health support worker roles in community, residential or forensic settings or rehabilitation support worker roles within addiction services.

Outside the NHS, the health and social care workforce continues to grow, in line with the Government’s Skills for Care programme, creating other employment opportunities across the helping professions. 

The blend of knowledge and skills provided on this degree will prepare you for a career in areas such as social and probation work, education welfare, drugs and alcohol treatment, residential and community mental health work, keyworker roles and domestic abuse work. More broadly, career opportunities exist in many people-focused occupations, including human resources and management roles.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Empathic and Emotional Responsiveness in a Helping Relationship 
  • Developing Empathic Listening Skills in a Helping Relationship 
  • Introduction to Professional and Academic Skills 
  • Introduction to Research Skills 
  • Humanistic Counselling and Psychotherapy 
  • The Political, Social and Ethical Context of Counselling

English Language Requirements

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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

Typical offer 112 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.

Some examples of how you can achieve 112 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Level: BBC;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12000 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.
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If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a part-time basis in academic year 2019/20, the tuition fee will be £77 per credit, i.e. £1,540 per 20 credit module 

Living costs for Cambridge

  • 846 - 1470 GBP/month
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