If you have a passion for helping others and want to embark on a career in people-focused professions, then this counselling and psychotherapy course offers you an excellent starting point.
- A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions
- Prepare for a wide variety of careers in people-focused occupations in fields such as health, social care, education and business
- Gain a solid platform for further postgraduate study so that you can qualify to practise as a professional counsellor or psychotherapist
- Learn from a team who are specialists in their therapeutic fields and whose research is shaping the future of the counselling profession
- Make the most of our excellent learning facilities on our Derby campus.
- The Foundation Year course leads on to the full BSc (hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy Principles and Practices degree.
The world of counselling and psychotherapy is constantly changing and this course has been specifically designed to reflect the demands of life and work in the 21st century. Drawing on our strong engagement with the professional bodies, it aims to meet the growing need for effective, skilled and forward-thinking counsellors and psychotherapists.
Now is the ideal time to embark on a career in this important field, with new opportunities constantly emerging. The issue of mental health is rising on the political agenda and high-profile campaigns are seeking to tackle the stigma surrounding mental health problems.
On completion of the Foundation Year you will then commence study on the full BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy Principles and Practices degree.
Foundation Year - helping you to achieve more
Including a foundation year as part of your four-year study programme will give you a head start in your academic and professional life. The foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you.
Our degrees with a foundation year are continuous, meaning that you won’t need to apply again once you have successfully completed the first year.
You’ll study modules such as:
- History of Psychological Therapies
- Human Engagement and Connections: Understanding Self in Relation to Other 1
- Health and Social Care Settings, Contexts and Frameworks
- Psychology in the Modern World
- Developing Counselling Skills and Personal and Professional Development
- Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology
- Psychotherapeutic Approaches and Professional Development Planning (PDP) - including a mandatory placement visit
- Human Engagement and Connections: Understanding Self in Relation to Other 2
- Meta-Awareness and the Unconscious
- Qualitative Methods: The Individual in Society
- Psychopathology: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Issues
Industrial Placement year (optional)
This course offers an ‘Industrial Placement Year’ giving you the opportunity to enhance your practical skills by putting theory into practice, network in your industry and stand-out in the graduate job market. The placement year takes place in your third year, once completed, you would return to University to complete your final year of studies.
- Dissertation and Professional Development Planning
- Core Issues, Diversity and Debates
- Counselling Skills
- Negotiated Module
- Coaching Skills
- Counselling Children and Young People
- Compassion Focused Approaches in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
From day one you’ll get all the benefits of being a University of Derby student, plus extra support to help you build your knowledge, skills and confidence.
Our teaching team has extensive experience of counselling and psychotherapy, along with wide-ranging professional networks. They include:
- Our Programme Leader Dr Bill Naylor who has over 20 years’ experience of professional and consultancy practice as a senior psychotherapist in a variety of settings including hospitals, hospices, prison, primary and secondary schools, legal settings and higher education. Dr Naylor is a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and holds the BACP Certificate of Proficiency.
September 2020 typical entry requirements
|Requirement||What we're looking for|
|UCAS points||72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level||N/A|
|Specific requirements at GCSE|
GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.
|IELTS||6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - MPP
- Pass Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2.
We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
An Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service certificate cleared by the University is required for this course. We will contact you with information on how to complete this once you have applied. More information.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
£9,250 per year*
* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.
Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.
With careers advice an integral part of your studies, this course equips you to compete effectively in the graduate careers market. After graduation from the full BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy Principles and Practices degree you’ll have a wide range of options and could progress to roles within health and social care, counselling, psychotherapy and psychology.
If you would like to take your qualifications to the next level and become a professional counsellor and/or psychotherapist, we offer a full range of postgraduate programmes including accredited MSc courses in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy and Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy.
These could pave the way to rewarding counselling and psychotherapy positions within the NHS, schools, colleges and universities, and any organisations which employ therapists as part of their occupational health portfolio. Some of the students who complete our postgraduate programmes also go on to develop their own private practice or advance to research degrees.
However, the transferable skills you gain on the BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy Principles and Practices also mean that you could pursue careers in a wide variety of other professions where excellent people skills and emotional intelligence are valued, including nursing, social work, education, coaching, mental health, human resource management and marketing.
Ongoing careers support
Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with help, guidance and support from day one of your course – and for up to three years after you’ve completed your studies.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
Additional information about your studies
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.
Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.