|Study location||United Kingdom, Coach Lane Campus|
|Type||Bachelor courses, full-time|
|Nominal duration||3 years|
|Tuition fee||To be confirmed|
High school / secondary education (or higher)
The entry qualification documents are accepted in any language
IELTS: 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each band)
At least 1 reference(s) must be provided.
This unique course is aimed at people who want to join a ‘helping profession’ but who want to keep their career options wide open. The broad-based, multidisciplinary studies will be an excellent foundation for later training as a nurse, teacher, social worker, careers advisor, counsellor or any related role.
Guidance and Counselling is a subject that is only offered by a select group of universities at undergraduate level. Our BA (Hons) Guidance and Counselling is unique in being accredited by the Career Development Institute, which is the UK-wide professional body for career guidance.
Practical experience is an important element of the course. The Peer Mentoring Project will involve you in mentoring relationships throughout your time at Northumbria. Work placements are available for a full year between your second and final years, with the additional option of a placement module during your second year. Study abroad is also possible, with opportunities to study counselling in Portugal and social policies in Sweden.
Your course in brief
You will be introduced to the theory of Guidance and Counselling and begin to consider its history, social context and application in current practice. You will also be initiated into a process of personal skill development in both one to one interactions and group interventions; you will also have the opportunity to explore the Professional Contexts in Guidance and Counselling and be inducted into university study with modules on learning at university and an introduction to research.
Themes and processes begun in year one will develop in intensity and depth. Guidance and Counselling within specific modalities and a range of contexts are explored e.g. feminist and transcultural counselling, and mentoring; facilitation and leadership of groups is also a key element of the year. In addition you will continue to build your knowledge of research methods and have the opportunity to select an option.
You will explore a range of specific brief approaches to counselling and helping: including motivational interviewing, solution focused and narrative approaches. You will continue to interrogate the application of Guidance and Counselling with a range of clients
The content of the course is relevant to all the ‘helping professions’ and you’ll have a great deal of flexibility when it comes to careers.
Further specialist training will be required for some careers, such as teaching, social work and nursing. For other roles you might go straight into employment and undertake on the job training. Examples of roles include career guidance practitioner, drugs worker, training and development officer, learning mentor, behaviour specialist, progression coach, counselling and support manager.
If you decide to start your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university.
Whatever you decide to do, you’ll have strong employability as a result of having acquired the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate. These include critical reflection and self-learning, collaboration and curiosity, and the ability to apply your knowledge to solve problems in ways that are sustainable and ethical.
We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.