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Counselling and Psychotherapy Principles and Practices BSc (Hons)

University of Derby

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Course options

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

Gain detailed knowledge of all the latest theories and their applications within contemporary counselling and psychotherapy. This course will prepare you for a wide variety of careers in people-focused occupations where you’ll have the opportunity to make a positive difference to people’s lives.

Why choose this course?

You’ll become familiar with a number of different psychological therapies that can be applied in a wide range of contexts and situations. We focus on both interpersonal and intrapersonal development, with an emphasis on nurturing your skills as a reflective practitioner.

Is this course for you?

Students who enrol on this course typically have a desire to help others and to work with people. You’ll open doors to a variety of careers thanks to the range of transferable skills that you’ll develop.

How you will learn

You’ll learn from an outstanding teaching team which includes influential researchers and high-profile practitioners who have active roles on the leading professional bodies. You’ll be motivated, challenged, and supported by your teachers, all of which are specialists within their therapeutic fields, so will keep you up to date with the latest thinking and practice.

Opportunities and experiences

There are lots of opportunities to practise your counselling and psychotherapy skills - on your own, as a group and in real-life contexts. You’ll have the chance to gain essential practical experience whilst on placement too. We expect students to do a minimum of 30 hours placement in their 2nd year but are encouraged to do more. These placements are often in primary or secondary schools. There are many guest lectures and opportunities to work with students from related disciplines, such as nursing and social work - all great preparation for your career.

Careers and employability

The variety of interpersonal skills developed on this course enables you to succeed in many different careers ranging from health, social care, education and even business. Many of our graduates have gone on to work as mental health mentors and some have even gone on to work in human recourses, where people skills are really valued. You’ll also gain a solid platform for further postgraduate study, so that you can qualify to practise as a professional counsellor or psychotherapist.

Application deadline

26 January

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 14,045per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

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University information

University of Derby

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  • Campus address

    University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby, Derby, DE22 1GB, England

The award-winning international team offers guidance from initial enquiry to graduation and beyond.
There are a range of scholarships and discounts available to international students.
The University of Derby has around 1,700 students from 100 countries, studying at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    84th out of 118 15

    73rd out of 79 17

  • Entry standards

    / Max 216
    114 55%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    44.0 44%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.37 87%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 177
    115 67%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    65.0 65%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.24 85%



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