At BGU a range of different approaches to counselling can be studied, including psychoanalytic, humanistic and cognitive behavioural. This course gives a solid grounding in the understanding of counselling and offers transferable skills, particularly relevant when working closely with other people in a helping profession such as caring, nursing, social work and probation, as well as in human resources, management or mediation and advocacy positions.
If you’re a natural listener and want to help people understand their lives and develop their potential, this may be the course for you. This course will enable you to go onto further study to become a professionally qualified counsellor.
About Counselling at BGU
Counselling at BGU maintains a real-world approach, ensuring ethics of care are at the heart of the course. It is a community-facing course that prepares potential counsellors for a diverse contemporary counselling practice.
What You Will Study
Throughout the course you will develop the following skills:
- Basic counselling skills such as, active listening, relationship building, reflecting and guiding
- Team working
- Interprofessional learning/reflection
- Effective case load management
- Inter-personal skills
- Organisational skills
- Academic Skills
- Research skills
- Written and oral communication
As part of your course reflection and personal development, you will be guided to develop your own areas of interest and specialism and encouraged to begin your own analytical journey.
A wide-range of approaches are undertaken when it comes to assessment which include written assignments and coursework essays and reports. There are a few exams but these often include analysis of provided sources material either text or images. There are also a smaller number of oral presentations, the production of portfolios of research material and some practical assessments.
Careers and Further Study
By the end of the course you will be ready to successfully complete further study to become a professional counsellor. You will also be equipped for a range of other graduate employment in other career areas, including:
- Health and Social Care
Fees and Funding
A lot of student finance information is available from numerous sources, but it is sometimes confusing and contradictory. That’s why at BGU we try to give you all the information and support we can to help to throughout the process. Our Student Advice team are experts in helping you sorting out the funding arrangements for your studies, offering a range of services to guide you through all aspects of student finance step by step. Click here to find information about fees, loans and support which will help to make the whole process a little easier to understand.
How to Apply
Undergraduate course applicants must apply via UCAS.
All applications to study for a higher education course at universities and colleges in the UK are made through UCAS using Apply (an online application systems available at www.ucas.com). The application fee for this service is £23 sterling for more than one choice, or £12 sterling for a single choice.
Application via UCAS will allow for immediate update into our systems and therefore allow for much quicker processing time. It will also allow applicants to track the position of their application easily and so provide an improved student experience.
For all applicants, there are full instructions at www.ucas.com to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate.
If you require further information and advice, you can contact the UCAS Customer Service Unit on +44 (0) 871 468 0468, open Monday to Friday, 08:30 – 18:00 (UK time).
- Counselling, History, Ethics, Philosophies and People
- Introduction to Helping Skills
- Understanding Human Cognition and Development
- Foundations of Biological Psychology
- Diversity, Mental Wellbeing and Psychopathology
- Working with Specific Client Groups
- Professional Contexts
- Historical Roots and Contemporary Branches of Psychology
- Understanding Personality and Individual Differences
- Measuring and Interpreting the World
- Advocacy: Making Voices Heard
- International Dimensions
- Advanced Qualitative Research Methods in Health and Wellbeing
- Psychology in Society
Jenny Hamilton – Academic Coordinator for Counselling
Jenny lectures in Counselling on the joint BA in Psychology and Counselling. She is a qualified Counsellor and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. She holds an MA in Counselling from the University of Nottingham along with a Post Graduate Certificate in Telephone Guidance from the University of Derby and a Post Graduate Certificate in Social Science from the Open University.
Dr Graham Basten
Graham holds a PhD from the UK Government’s Institute of Food Research and has researched and lectured extensively over the past 10 years on clinical biochemistry, nutrition and folate at the Medical Universities of Sheffield and Nottingham (UK). He was previously Acting Head at the School of Allied Health Science at De Montfort University (DMU) and a DMU Teacher Fellow. As a expert in Clinical Chemistry, and Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science he has written and published several journal articles and textbooks on interpreting blood results. Graham has completed the award winning DMU Leadership, Management and Development Programme, as well as a series at BGU from the Leadership Foundation in Higher Education. He is an advocate of authentic, empowered leadership.
Head of School
Dr Graham Basten – Head of School of Social Sciences
Graham holds a PhD from the UK Government’s Institute of Food Research and has researched and lectured extensively over the past 10 years on clinical biochemistry, nutrition and folate at the Universities of Sheffield and Nottingham (UK). He was previously Acting Head at the School of Allied Health Science at De Montfort University (DMU) and a DMU Teacher Fellow. As a principal lecturer in Clinical Chemistry he has written four textbooks and published several journal articles. Graham has completed the award winning DMU Leadership, Management and Development Programme, as well as a series from the LFHE. He is an advocate of authentic leadership, 360 feedback, action learning sets and SDI.