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Course Modules


BSc Year 1: The Counselling Relationship and Core Skills in Counselling. (120 Credits at Level 4)

The aim of your first year is to introduce you to the essential elements of humanistic counselling theory and skills, and to prepare you to begin to work with clients. In the first term, you will explore the philosophy and theory of the approach and will be encouraged to evaluate this approach in the context of other counselling theories and your own experience. In the second term the focus will expand to actively prepare you for clinical practice and the third term to support you to begin to work with clients. In particular, you will be assisted to maximise the learning from your clinical work, so that you can both integrate humanistic theory and begin to develop as an effective humanistic counsellor.

The modules taught during this year are:

Module 1.1: Theoretical Understanding & Development (40 Credits L4)

Module 1.2: Clinical Skills & Reflective Practice (40 Credits L4)

Module 1.3: Personal & Professional Development (40 Credits L4)

BSc Year 2: The Counselling Relationship and Clinical Practice. (120 Credits at Level 5)

In this year, your training will focus on the application of theoretical knowledge and understanding to clinical practice. Issues such as mental health, bereavement and loss, gender and sexuality, power and prejudice will be explored from a humanistic perspective. Attention will also be given to a consideration of issues for the humanistic counsellor in working in time-limited and longer-term settings. During this year, you will take part in a Reflective Inquiry into your clinical practice as you engage with a clinically relevant research question. Overall, the aim this year is to prepare you with the necessary skills and knowledge base to enter into the professional field of Counselling. This will include opportunities to integrate the philosophical, theoretical, ethical and practice elements of your learning.

The modules taught during this year are:

Module 2.1: Theoretical Understanding & Development (30 Credits L5)

Module 2.2: Clinical Skills & Reflective Practice (Part 1) (30 Credits L5)

Module 2.3. Clinical Skills & Reflective Practice (Part 2) (30 Credits L5)

Module 2.4: Personal & Professional Development (30 Credits L5)


BSc Year 3 Dissertation Module: Reflection on Practice. (120 Credits at Level 6)

In year three the taught elements of the programme focus on you writing an 8,000 word case study/dissertation and preparing you for your oral clinical examination. You will also be taught further integrative theory and further supported in developing your relational humanistic approach. As part of this year you will also be asked to present to your peers the findings from your reflective inquiry in year two and your continued development on this project.

The modules taught this year are:

Module 3.1: Theoretical Understanding & Development (40 Credits at Level 6)

Module 3.2: Clinical Skills & Reflective Practice (40 Credits at Level 6)

Module 3.3: Personal & Professional Development (40 Credits at Level 6)