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Guide to Studying Counselling

What is Counselling?

  • Counselling is a type of talking therapy that allows a person to talk about their problems and feelings in a confidential and dependable environment.
  • A counsellor is trained to listen with empathy and to understand the problems of the patient. They try to help deal with any negative thoughts and feelings.

Why study Counselling?

  • Counselling is good for those who want to study a medical subject, but who can't quite carry out the cold, professional distance needed to be a doctor or nurse.
  • This is a profession where the means and methods of study and care are constantly changing and evolving. Therapeutic models are constantly being researched and improved, and you can be at the forefront.
  • This course provides a balance between academic work, skills development, professional practice, and individual personal development and self-awareness.
  • There are plenty of opportunities in this, as with other medical focused degrees, to do a lot of work in the community and placements to improve your real life skills.
  • An adaptable degree, counselling is easy to study either full or part time, as well as either a three year undergrad, or a condensed one year postgraduate course.

Coursework, Assessment and Exams

  • Courses are assessed via a variety of ways. Lectures, skill improvement work, and presentations such as posters or group talks. There may also be written coursework or end of year exams, depending where you study. The first year will not count towards your final mark.

What degree can I get? 

  • BSc Psychology and Counselling
  • BA Counselling and Theatre Studies
  • BA Counselling and Theology
  • BA Counselling and Sociology

What qualifications do I need?

  • Grade requirements depend on the university.
  • Always confirm the entry requirements for the particular university/course you are interested in.

Use the CUG Course Chooser to search through Counselling courses.

What are the postgraduate opportunities

  • There is an exciting range of taught MAs and research degrees at postgraduate level.
  • Examples include straight MAs in Counselling, as well as masters in Addiction Psychology, School Counselling, Career Mangement and Coaching, Dispute Resolution, and Supervision Studies.

What are the job opportunities?

  • Counselling degrees teach students transferable skills, such as presentation, research and communication, as well as a good personal understanding and empathetic mindset, plus the ability to work in complex situations.
  • Particular job areas, as well as counselling, include careers adviser, tutoring, nursing, psychologist, probation or prison officer, social work, and youth work.
  • Numerous companies offer graduate schemes in this subject, including BACP.