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Build an impressive portfolio of skills and keep your career options open by choosing to study Counselling and Psychotherapy with another subject as part of our Joint Honours scheme.

  • Build a broad and detailed knowledge of latest theories and their applications within contemporary counselling and psychotherapy
  • Prepare for a wide variety of careers in people-focused occupations in fields such as health, social care, education and business
  • Gain a solid platform for further postgraduate study so that you can qualify to practise as a professional counsellor or psychotherapist
  • Gain essential practical experience whilst on placement
  • Learn from a team who are specialists in their therapeutic fields and whose research is shaping the future of the counselling profession
  • Enrich your learning by drawing on our strong partnerships with employers and professional bodies.

Skills in counselling and psychotherapy are invaluable in many walks of life. And, by combining two subjects you feel passionate about, your degree can open doors to an even wider range of career opportunities.

Explore latest therapies and thinking

This Counselling and Psychotherapy Principles and Practice Joint Honours programme from University of Derby represents an excellent introduction to counselling and psychotherapy. It 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.

The skills you gain will stand you in good stead for careers within fields such as health, social care, education and human resource management.

At the forefront of new developments

The world of counselling and psychotherapy is constantly changing. Our course has been designed to reflect the demands of life and work in the 21st century as well as the many career opportunities emerging in this field.

With the issue of mental health rising on the political agenda and high-profile campaigns tackling the stigma surrounding mental health problems, now is an excellent time to study this subject.

There is, for instance, a focus on counselling for children and young people, with the NSPCC’s Childline service reporting a 35% increase in the number of calls from individuals seeking help for anxiety in 2015-16. At the same time, the Department for Education has highlighted the need for counselling provision in every school.

In addition, new initiatives are being launched to support mental health in the workplace. Latest guidance from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence urges employers to adopt an organisation-wide approach to promoting the mental wellbeing of all employees.  


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.

You could also draw on the skills you gain through studying your other Joint Honours subject to broaden your career scope further still. There are opportunities to pursue careers in a wide variety of 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 duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Duration description

      Up to 6 years part-time.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • History of Psychological Therapies
  • Health and Social Care Settings, Contexts and Frameworks
  • Human Engagement and Connections: Understanding Self in Relation to Other 1
  • Developing Counselling Skills and Personal and Professional Development
  • Meta-Awareness and the Unconscious
  • Qualitative Methods: The Individual in Society
  • Psychopathology: Diagnosis, Treatment and Issues

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • UCAS points: 112 (up to 16 from AS-levels) - The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.
  • GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification.
  • BTEC - DMM
  • Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14045 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14045 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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  • UK/EU Part-time fees: £1,155 per module

Living costs for Derby

  • 540 - 860 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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