Counselling Studies & Working with Children, Young People & Families BA(Hons) with Foundation Year

Course length: 4 years full-time


What is the course?

Newman University is piloting a new innovative foundation year for their social science degrees. The pre-degree year of this four year course, if passed, leads into the same study programme as the 3 year joint honours degree course of Counselling Studies and Working with Children, Young People and Families.

This foundation year enables those unable to access the traditional UCAS tariff requirements for a three year degree, an alternative route into beginning and ultimately gaining an honours degree.

What is it about?

The Foundation Year in Social Sciences promotes student understanding of education, society and the social sciences alongside consideration of their own educational journey, to effectively prepare them for degree level study. It sees personal reflection, growth and high levels of student determination as essentials. It provides a supportive learning environment which develops confidence, intellectual curiosity in tandem with the ability to manage working as a member of a team as well as autonomously. The programme emphasises non-formal adult learning and democratic development on an individual and community level.

Students apply for a named foundation year degree but can swap onto other degrees within the Foundation Year route in the course of the year, if the subject agrees.

For further information regarding years 2, 3 and 4 of this course please visit the 3 year degree course details.
Counselling and Working with Children, Young People and Families BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Counselling Studies and Working with Children, Young People and Families is a popular course combination involving the study of two different disciplines to give you the knowledge and understanding needed for a range of career opportunities.

High quality counselling skills are useful within many professional contexts where listening and understanding are important, such as teaching, nursing and social work. These skills will complement the knowledge that you will also gain throughout your studies, to help you understand the social, economic, educational, political and cultural issues and barriers facing children, young people and families, particularly in socially disadvantaged areas.

What does the course cover?

A key area of application for counselling skills and a counselling approach is working with children, young people and families. Professionals working with these groups are increasingly required to gain formal qualifications recognising their expertise in these areas. You will focus on social and education policy and the importance of multi-agency working to provide support for children and families. You will also explore how society views childhood, how children develop, the challenges facing children and young people today and the impact of relevant legislation. A major theme throughout the course will be listening to children and young people, making services responsive and developing strategies to enhance the participation of children and young people.

To complement these themes you will also be introduced to, and critically evaluate contemporary counselling theories, putting the principles into practice yourself, through the development of competent and ethical counselling skills. Underpinning this will be an appreciation of different views and the capacity to value diversity in the context of a counselling approach.

How will I be assessed?

The course offers a variety of assessment methods to suit the experience of the module studied, and will include essays, exams, presentations and case studies. Counselling skills modules may require critical reflection and the production of a reflective personal journal along with various project work.

What careers can I consider?

As a graduate you will be furnished with valuable transferable skills and an understanding of multiagency working. Many go on to a wide range of careers within education, youth work and health and social care or undertake further training for a career in which counselling skills may be useful – for example, teaching, social work, nursing or Psychotherapy/Counselling. The issues covered in this course would benefit those considering postgraduate training in social work or professional training in counselling.

Newman University would like to draw your attention to our Academic Regulations. These regulations are your Terms of Reference and should be considered when making a decision to study with our institution.

Entry requirements

All students begin by applying through UCAS. Students will ideally require 48-80 UCAS points to access the programme. However, as all applicants will be invited to interview, there is opportunity to discuss any circumstances that may have affected the gaining of level three credits.

Those with considerable work and life experience of a complexity that demonstrates an aptitude to study at degree level, but with no formal qualifications, will also be accepted. Different degree pathway options available at the end of the Foundation year have different additional entry requirements.

Whilst not a condition of entry onto the Foundation Year, students wishing to enter particular routes will need to meet these by the time they complete the year. 
Counselling Studies and Working with Children, Young People and Families BA (Hons)

If you require any further information or clarification of entry requirements please contact our friendly, helpful Admissions department, who will be happy to help.


Fees per academic year: 2017/18* 
Fees are currently £4,560 for the Foundation Year 0 and are funded through the government loan scheme (effectively meaning people undertake a four year degree).

Fees for the following three years are currently £9,250 per year. Please go to the standard 3 year degree page for details.
Counselling Studies and Working with Children, Young People and Families BA (Hons)

* Please note for 2018/19 the University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Finance and Scholarship information

Additional costs:

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is not required for entry into this programme, although it is in many cases required by employers before students can begin their Year 2 (level 5) work placement.  The cost of the DBS is currently £55 (including processing fee) with the option of subscribing to the update service which is currently £13 per year.  For more information on your DBS application please click here.

Counselling Studies and Working with Children, Young People and Families BA (Hons) with Foundation Year

The Foundation Year

The foundational modules Studentship, Education and Society (1) & (2) go across the programme, examining what is needed to be successful in higher education including one’s personal disposition towards learning. These work through student’s experiences of formal assessment such as exams, reading academically and academic writing conventions, to help develop strategies in overcoming barriers to effective engagement. Concurrently students will undertake the module Foundations of Social Sciences. This explores the relevance of philosophy, politics, sociology, psychology and economics, and applied social science such as sports science, criminology and health to student’s everyday lives.

In the second semester and in tandem with the second Studentship module, students undertake two projects. In Understanding and Exploring Society, students apply what they have learnt to the real world. Students then investigate and make a case for studying on the subsequent course they wish to study. This involves undertaking both desk based research and interviews with lecturers and current students, as well as undertaking direct experience of the teaching conducted across at least two courses within the pathway.

Foundation Year - Semester One
FYS001: Studentship, education and Society (1) (20 credits)
FYS003: Foundations of social science (40 credits)

Foundation Year - Semester Two
FYS002: Studentship, education and Society (2) (20 credits)
FYS004: Understanding and exploring Society (20 credits)
FYS005: Degree route proposal (20 credits)

For course content for years 2,3, and 4 of this course please visit the 3yr full-time degree page
Counselling and Working with Children, Young People and Families BA(Hons)



Course code


Course Code: B942

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