Counselling Studies with Mentoring BSc(Hons) 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

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About the course

Millions of people across the world are affected by mental health issues each year. As stigma surrounding mental health continues to be eradicated, the demand for qualified counsellors increases, with more people seeking treatment and support for a range of issues.

Also, the nature of employability is becoming increasingly complex. Health and social care agencies, community development, business and enterprise agencies are all seeking to employ staff with key skills, knowledge and abilities associated with successful 'helping'. There is significant evidence to suggest that the demand for mentorship across the professions is growing at an ever increasing rate.

This course aims to provide you with an appreciation of counselling and mentoring as disciplines, focussing on three key areas: an understanding of the main theories behind counselling; mentoring, the practice of using helping and mentoring skills; and personal reflection/development.

Why study Counselling Studies with Mentoring at Huddersfield?

  • The use of peer mentorship is embedded within the course, and pre-entry mentorship is available to all students.

  • Our strong personal tutor system will support you in your studies throughout the course and will help you to focus on your career aspirations.

  • You'll experience a range of excellent facilities, currently including our counselling labs which are fitted with cameras and microphones. In the labs, you'll be able to practice your skills through role play, followed by detailed tutor feedback.

  • The course supports the development of mentoring skills, and offers you the opportunity to apply for European Mentoring and Coaching Council accreditation as a practitioner.

UCAS code:

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


3 years full-time

Course type:

Full Time


Clearing helpline:
03301 232 277

Course content

Each year of this course contains an element of skills practice which focuses on the types of communication involved in helping and mentoring another person.

Each year of the course also includes at least one module devoted to personal development, designed to help you develop knowledge of yourself, the world of work and the how to manage your future career effectively. Read on for details of each module.

Year 1

Core modules:

Introducing Counselling Skills and Process

You'll be introduced to a range of helping skills and qualities and to a structured model of helping. You'll have the opportunity to practise your helping skills and receive feedback from tutors and peers. Your knowledge of the helping skills/qualities, the helping model and your counselling skills development will be assessed through coursework in which you evaluate your skills development.

Introducing Counselling Theory

You'll be introduced to the main counselling theories (psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural and person-centred) and explore how they relate to helping skills within the Egan model of helping. You'll explore the counselling theories using exercises and case studies in order to develop an understanding of the different approaches. Your understanding of the similarities and differences will be assessed through coursework focusing on at least two theories of counselling and your knowledge of the basic concepts and application to the Egan model through a multiple-choice test.

Research Methods for Counselling Studies

You will be introduced to qualitative and quantitative methods of research related to counselling and develop knowledge of the philosophical debates of qualitative versus quantitative approaches. You will also engage in basic research techniques, carry out practical exercises in a classroom/laboratory setting and explore the underpinning ethics of research. The module is assessed through quantitative and qualitative coursework. The quantitative coursework will involve learning how to evaluate an outcome. Your qualitative coursework will involve undertaking basic research to demonstrate knowledge and ability.

Personal Development and Interpersonal Skills

This module explores your values, beliefs and ways of interacting with others, aiming to develop your self-awareness and interpersonal skills. You'll investigate your own and others’ roles in group process and in the context of individual difference. The relationship between self-awareness, self-development and effective helping will be examined and you'll consider how this development can enhance the counselling/helping relationship. The module is assessed through one piece of coursework based on your personal and professional development throughout the module.

Principles and Practice of Mentoring

From the perspective of the mentee/protégé you will study the history, development, theory, practice and values of the practice of mentoring and coaching. Different approaches to mentoring a will be explored and you will be encouraged to utilise your experience as a mentee/protégé to engage with key mentoring contexts and engage with a variety of mentoring strategies and methods to develop skills and understanding. Mentoring dynamics, reflexivity, engagement and obstacles to effective mentoring will be considered and you will be provided with the opportunity to draw upon key methods and strategies for effective mentorship. Your learning will be assessed by a case study that draws upon your experiences as a mentee/protégé.

Year 2

Core modules:

Advancing Counselling Skills

You'll study advanced counselling skills, by working in small groups to explore the use of an integrative model of counselling. You'll aim to demonstrate the use of advanced skills in a practical assessment. You'll also produce written coursework reflecting on your own skills development, drawing on your knowledge and understanding of the theory underpinning the model used.

Advanced Theories of Counselling

You'll build on your knowledge of broad counselling perspectives developed in Year 1, by exploring in greater detail different approaches to counselling. This may include examining cognitive-behavioural, psychodynamic, humanist-existential, systemic and constructionist approaches. You'll critically reflect on the implications of these differing perspectives for practice and will be assessed through two pieces of coursework. Firstly you'll use one of the above counselling approaches to explore an assessed case study and secondly you'll write a reflective appraisal of an alternative counselling approach.

Ethics and Diversity in a Changing World

Ethics and diversity are important issues that come into every aspect of life. This module introduces you to the concepts of ethical mindfulness. You'll study different types of ethics, and explore how they may be applied to counselling and counselling skills. You'll complete written coursework in the form of an essay demonstrating your understanding of ethics in everyday life, and will also work in a group to produce a presentation on an issue of diversity of your choice.

Undergradaute Peer Mentorship

This module provides you with the opportunity to explore the skills and knowledge necessary to facilitate the effective mentorship of your peers and will aim to equip you with the underpinning knowledge to support your role in this area.

This process-orientated module draws upon your expertise and experiences encouraging you to highlight mentorship issues and examine them collectively, producing solutions and strategies that can be utilised to enhance the mentoring relationship experience. You will be assessed by: a draft contract/agreement and a rationale defining the purpose, ground rules and process for peer mentorship; A concept map illustrating the characteristics of a good mentor accompanied by an essay comparing and contrasting the advantages and disadvantages of peer mentorship in a negotiated context.

Work Based Learning Experience

The module will provide you with the opportunity to plan for, engage in and reflect upon a practical work- based experience in order to enhance your understanding of relevant theoretical material when applied to a professional setting, with a view to maximising your future employability. It will encourage a proactive, self-directed and reflective approach to learning and will require you to adopt a structured approach to developing and managing your future employment opportunities. Your learning will be assessed through two pieces of course work: a portfolio outlining your learning from the work-based learning experience and a published artefact, designed to capture and promote the key aspects of the organisation visited.

Year 3

Core modules:

Integrating Counselling Skills

You'll be helped to develop the ability to use and apply counselling theory, by working in small groups with a group facilitator who will demonstrate and support you in the use of counselling approaches and new techniques. You'll be assessed in a practical demonstration of your counselling skills and techniques within a small group setting, taking the role of helper, counsellor and client. You'll also complete a transcript of one of your counselling skills sessions, which you'll formally reflect on.

Integrating Counselling Theory

You'll be helped to analyse counselling approaches for therapeutic effectiveness, with inclusion of human development research. A combination of counselling models will be theoretically explored which will contribute to ways of working in a helping/counselling skills capacity. There will be an emphasis on your personal and practical development through the use of a learning log. In small groups, you'll present research findings on a chosen client group. You'll also complete written coursework in the form of a reflective essay, focusing on the development of your theoretical philosophy associated with integrative practice.

Critical Study

You'll have the opportunity to select a particular area of interest from a broad field of counselling related topics, for example bereavement or cyber abuse. Working independently with tutorial support, you'll conduct in depth research into your chosen topic and will produce written coursework reviewing the literature studied. You'll also give a short presentation, which will provide an opportunity to receive feedback from lecturers and peers on your research so far and will help to form the structure of your dissertation.

Preparing for a Successful Career

From the perspective of the mentor you will explore key theoretical areas underpinning the development of professional practice within mentoring and examine, reflect and develop your own skill set in relation to the European Mentoring and Coaching Council’s Competence Framework (EMCC 2010). You will explore the principles, models and techniques of mentoring, strategies that can be utilised to manage the mentoring relationship you will be engaged in and, explore the changing context of mentoring. Drawing upon your experiences as a mentor, your learning will be assessed by: an Action Plan with rationale that outlines your ability to evaluate and plan effective mentoring techniques and strategies and a reflective account outlining an aspect of your mentoring/coaching practice.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.


Voluntary Experience: If you choose to undertake some work experience to develop your helping skills in an organisation, the course team will support you to set this up. This is an optional element of the course. Voluntary experience could occur in organisations such as Samaritans, Childline, Place2Be, youth and community centres.

Career opportunities

90% of graduates from this course go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating.

Previous Huddersfield Counselling graduates have gone on to roles relating to social services, education, healthcare, human resources and consulting in organisations including the NHS, Deloitte, Capita, Relate, and local councils.*

*Source: LinkedIn

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through lectures, seminars, group discussion, skills practice workshops, tutorials, and personal development groups.

Assessment will include coursework, in-class tests and, where relevant, practice/competency-based learning.

14% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

How much will it cost me?

The full-time undergraduate tuition fee for 17/18 entry is £9250.

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Further study

Progression to a postgraduate course is dependent on successful completion of your undergraduate studies, there may also be minimum qualification requirements such as a first class or higher second (2.1) degree. Please check the course details to confirm this.


If you're an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.

If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree course. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant. For more information see the Research section of our website.

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