What is Joint Honours?
A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects.
You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones, find out what you can combine this subject with.
Build an impressive portfolio of skills and keep your career options open by choosing to study Counselling and Psychotherapy with another subject as part of our Joint Honours scheme.
- Build a broad and detailed knowledge of latest theories and their applications within contemporary counselling and psychotherapy
- 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
- Gain essential practical experience whilst on placement
- Learn from a team who are specialists in their therapeutic fields and whose research is shaping the future of the counselling profession
- Enrich your learning by drawing on our strong partnerships with employers and professional bodies.
You could also consider studying Counselling and Psychotherapy Principles and Practices as a single honours subject.
Skills in counselling and psychotherapy are invaluable in many walks of life. And, by combining two subjects you feel passionate about, your degree can open doors to an even wider range of career opportunities.
Explore latest therapies and thinking
This course represents an excellent introduction to counselling and psychotherapy. It will develop you academically, professionally and personally, equipping you with essential life skills alongside a strong foundation of theoretical knowledge.
You’ll become familiar with a number of different psychological therapies that can be applied in a wide variety of contexts and situations. We focus on both interpersonal and intrapersonal development, with an emphasis on nurturing your skills as a reflective practitioner.
The skills you gain will stand you in good stead for careers within fields such as health, social care, education and human resource management.
At the forefront of new developments
The world of counselling and psychotherapy is constantly changing. Our course has been designed to reflect the demands of life and work in the 21st century as well as the many career opportunities emerging in this field.
With the issue of mental health rising on the political agenda and high-profile campaigns tackling the stigma surrounding mental health problems, now is an excellent time to study this subject.
There is, for instance, a focus on counselling for children and young people, with the NSPCC’s Childline service reporting a 35% increase in the number of calls from individuals seeking help for anxiety in 2015-16. At the same time, the Department for Education has highlighted the need for counselling provision in every school.
In addition, new initiatives are being launched to support mental health in the workplace. Latest guidance from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence urges employers to adopt an organisation-wide approach to promoting the mental wellbeing of all employees.
Valuable practical insights
We give you the opportunity to take part in insight visits which will shed light on how relevant organisations across the health, social care and educational sectors operate.
You may find yourself shadowing a health care worker, sitting in a support group, participating in different wellbeing groups such as meditation, mindfulness or art therapy, or undertaking personal therapy to gain new perspectives on how the theories work in practice.
You will also gain essential practical experience whilst on placement.
Expertise and inspiration
You’ll be motivated, challenged and supported by our teaching team. All are specialists within their therapeutic fields, so will keep you up to date with the latest thinking and practice.
They include influential researchers, published authors and leading practitioners who have active roles on the key professional bodies.
Thanks to our strong network of contacts, the course also features guest lectures by influential figures from the profession.
Inter-professional learning in action
Successful counselling and psychotherapy professionals have to be prepared to work in multi-agency teams. You will therefore have various opportunities to learn with, and from, students from other disciplines through our Inter-Professional Learning agenda. This is important in preparing you to work alongside other professionals after graduation.
An exceptional setting for your learning
You’ll benefit from an inspirational learning environment at our Kedleston Road site in Derby. It boasts some of the best resources for health and social care learning that you’ll find in any university, including a clinical skills suite, immersive simulation room, domestic living suite and a community care living space. The clinical skills suite includes five consultation rooms dedicated to counselling, along with group behavioural observation rooms.
Joint Honours combinations
Because Joint Honours gives you the flexibility to cover two subjects in one degree, you will be able to demonstrate to potential employers that you are versatile and adaptable, with strong organisational skills.
You can choose to study Counselling and Psychotherapy Principles and Practices as a major or joint pathway. This enables you to find the ideal study balance with a complementary subject. Joint Honours subject combinations which might work particularly well include:
What you will study
You can study Counselling and Psychotherapy Principles and Practices as either a joint or major subject. This will determine how many modules you’ll study at each stage. Please check your other subject to ensure it is possible to create your chosen combination.
You’ll study a wide range of contemporary therapies including cognitive behavioural psychotherapy, systemic therapy, person-centred therapy, attachment-based therapies, gestalt psychotherapy, psychodynamic therapy and integrative counselling and psychotherapy.
The modules you take will depend on whether you are studying Counselling and Psychotherapy Principles and Practices as a major or joint subject.
You'll study modules such as:
- History of Psychological Therapies
- Health and Social Care Settings, Contexts and Frameworks
- Human Engagement and Connections: Understanding Self in Relation to Other 1
- Developing Counselling Skills and Personal and Professional Development
- 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
- Dissertation and Professional Development Planning
- Core Issues, Diversity and Debates
- Counselling Skills
- Coaching Skills
- Negotiated Module.
There are varied opportunities to practise your skills individually, as a group, and in real life contexts. The course incorporates insight visits to a range of health and social care settings such as counselling or voluntary organisations.
You can develop your abilities in our clinical skills suite, which includes counselling rooms. In addition, you will benefit from our learning resource centre, with interactive resources including books, ebooks and DVDs.
How you’re assessed
Your assessments will focus on the different skills required to excel on this course. The methods we use include project work, written assignments, presentations, video and audio work, portfolios and poster presentations.
Who you will meet
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.
- Senior Lecturer Martin Brock who initially trained as a psychiatric nurse and then worked in the NHS, gaining a wide range of clinical and managerial experience before specialising as a Principal Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. Accredited by the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BACBP), Martin has co-written a number of publications and is currently undertaking research into compassionate practice and psychological flexibility in healthcare settings and education.
This course also benefits from the input of an enthusiastic and expert team specialising in a wide range of fields including gestalt psychotherapy, counselling in cases of rape and sexual abuse, conflict transformation, trauma, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, systemic psychotherapy and compassion focused therapy.
September 2019 typical entry requirements
|UCAS points||112* (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level|
No specific subject requirements
|Specific requirements at GCSE||GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - DMM
- Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6
For joint honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.
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.
With careers advice an integral part of your studies, this course equips you to compete effectively in the graduate careers market. After graduation 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.
You could also draw on the skills you gain through studying your other Joint Honours subject to broaden your career scope further still. There are opportunities to pursue careers in a wide variety of 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
You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.
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.