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.
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.
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.
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.
September 2019 Entry Requirements
You must achieve at least 96 UCAS points including a minimum of CC at A level or equivalent (e.g.MM at BTEC Diploma; MPP at BTEC Extended Diploma) towards the total tariff.
Access Students can achieve the requirements with the following combination of Distinction, Merit and/ or Pass grades at level 3 achieved from a completed Access course. 96 UCAS Points: D21-M3-P21; D18-M9-P18; D15-M15-P15; D12-M21-P12; D9-M27-P9; D6-M33-P6; D3-M39-P3; D0-M45-P0.
Five GCSEs at grade 4 (or C) or above (or recognised equivalents), including English Language, are also required.
Contact: Contact for admissions enquiries
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2386)
Kevin Hogan (Senior Lecturer / Programme lead for Combined Honours Counselling Studies)
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 3571)
Fees per academic year: 2018/19
Part-time UK/EU Students: £5,130*
* Fees shown are for 2018/19 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).
Finance and Scholarship information
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. Find out more about completing the DBS application form and the related additional costs.
As a part-time undergraduate student, you choose how many modules to study each year (up to a maximum of 6). To qualify for a student tuition fee loan you will need to choose at least 4 modules. A normal 3 year degree will take 4.5 years to complete if you take 6 modules per year and 6 years to complete if you take 4 modules per year. You will be taught alongside full-time undergraduate students and you can view the modules on this page.