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Counselling and Coaching

Where lives are changed 

  • Accredited by the bacp

    Our Counselling and Coaching courses are either accredited or structured in line with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). We are one of very few institutions in the UK to have a truly integrative Counselling undergraduate course to be accredited by the BACP.

    Along with giving you a broad understanding of human distress and counselling processes, we put a distinct emphasis on working in groups (skills training and clinical supervision groups), as well as a strong emphasis on personal and professional development to prepare students for the role of a counsellor. At a postgraduate level, we refine those techniques to make you an expert in the field.

  • Research

    In the most recent ‘Research Excellence Framework’ (REF 2014), we were ranked equal first in the country, for Impact of Research, ahead of Oxford and Cambridge.

About us

At an undergraduate level, our professionally accredited BSc (Hons) Counselling course teaches you the four pillars - personal development, practice, theory and research. Our theory involves integrative counselling, and teaches you basic counselling skills and how to form helpful therapeutic relationships, as well as in-depth understanding of person-centric, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and existential models. We give you the opportunity to practice the approaches you learn in lectures in our state-of-the-art labs equipped with audio-visual facilities. Practice sessions are also enhanced with video recording, allowing you to gain detailed feedback on your approach. 

Our students love the personal development feature of our undergraduate course, where you undergo 40 hours of personal therapy from term 1 of year 1. You will also complete 40 hours at a work-based placement, which helps you to have a clear understanding of counselling services, and meet and interact with other healthcare practitioners.

Our extremely popular postgraduate courses involve the disciplines of positive psychology, coaching and counselling. Studying with us will place you at the forefront of developments in these fields, and you will gain the skills to know how to apply them practically. They are taught in a variety of modes of attendance (part-time, distance learning, weekend and evening classes), so they can best fit with your personal commitments.

Our highly qualified and experienced trainers are active in research and clinical practice, so you can be confident that your learning is embedded in real life — and reflects the latest developments and new directions within the field.

The immediacy and depth of our technology-enabled training means you’ll graduate ready for supervised practise in a local counselling service — and ready to make a positive change in people’s lives.

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Studying for a BSc Counselling degree at UEL was a valuable stepping-stone towards the career that I wanted to pursue. I was able to bring together theory and practice not only in the classroom but also through clinical placements.
Majda Rogers , Counselling, BSc (Hons)
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Our facilities

Modern campus

The School provides a positive learning experience for all its students. Our modern campus includes seminar space, tutorial rooms and lecture theatres. We encourage independent learning by providing student and staff access to specialised research and laboratory facilities, computer networks and databases within the School, with specialist facilities for our professional courses.  Students are supported by a full array of library services, including a dedicated librarian for psychology students.

Specialist facilities

At our Stratford campus, we have world-leading facilities in which we constantly invest. Our dedicated audiovisual multimedia equipment enables both self and peer review for trainee skills practice sessions. We also have interview rooms so you can practice your skills in real-life situations and scenarios.

To find out more and experience our facilities first-hand, visit us at an Open Day.

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Counselling and Coaching sits within UEL’s School of Psychology, which was ranked equal first in the country in terms of the impact of its research, beating Oxford and Cambridge. The Research Excellence Framework is a six-yearly review by the Higher Education Funding Council for England. In 2014 it rated 43 per cent of our research as ‘internationally excellent’ and a further 25 per cent as ‘world-leading’ – the highest accolade. It added that UEL’s School of Psychology was one of only four in the country whose research had a ‘100 per cent impact’ at the highest level.

The topics we research within counselling seek to improve practice across a range of areas. Recent subjects include adult attachment styles; wellbeing and identity development; working with trauma; early interventions in working with children; depression and anxiety; counselling in a second language; culturally adapted cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT); mindfulness; and faith and cultural sensitivity counselling.

You’ll be taught research methods for two years before carrying out your own research project in year three. We have active researchers, such as Dr Francisco Jose Eiroa-Orosa who researches the understanding of psychosocial wellbeing in the context of complex multi-dimensional problems such as addictions, trauma, migration or social change. Dr Tim Lomas has explored the impact of meditation on men’s wellbeing, using a mixed-methods design comprising narrative interviews, cognitive testing, and EEG measurement. Dr Christian van Nieuwerburgh is an internationally recognised academic and consultant whose ground-breaking research concerns his specialist area of coaching and mentoring, in which he conducts numerous international collaborations.


Each of our courses paves the way to a range of career pathways. 

Study our BSc (Hons) Counselling and you’ll graduate from our BACP-accredited course having acquired at least 100 hours of client-work experience. You’ll have a professional qualification, so you’ll be able to go straight into employment, getting a job as a counsellor or even starting up your own private practice. You can work towards the full BACP accreditation of 450 hours of experience while working and getting paid.

Our graduates leave the programme with academic, research and employability skills; substantial practical experience; insider knowledge of the sector and the public sector/private sector marketplace. You can work in the NHS sector and/or NHS-affiliated GP surgeries or mental-health centres; counselling services; employee assistance programmes (EAPs); voluntary organisations and charities; education (schools and universities); private organisations; and private practice. 

The learning, skills and confidence acquired by students on our Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses reflect the knowledge and competencies required by relevant professional bodies and meet the expectations of the job market - giving you a head-start when it comes to looking for work.

At UEL, you’ll also have access to:
  • Employability skills training such as interview techniques and CV writing.
  • Gradscore, a groundbreaking electronic tool that allows you to complete a mock application and find out if you’d be shortlisted for interview. It has been created exclusively for UEL with help from leading employers and employability experts.
  • UEL Skills Academy, where external professionals deliver sessions on the competencies most prized by graduate employers.
  • Internships, placements and volunteering opportunities from our work placements team.
  • Professional mentoring scheme, matching students with staff from major companies.
  • Networking opportunities and annual careers fair.
  • Support with setting up your own business.

Our location in one of Europe’s largest regeneration areas and our extensive links to local employers will also give you access to fantastic internships and placements. From heavy industry to high-tech, health and social care to the arts, there are so many opportunities right on our doorstep.

Our online Career Coach shows you the different career paths that your chosen subject area can lead you to. It gives you information on specific careers, job roles, potential wages and available jobs in the sector. You can also take a quick quiz to find a career to match your personality type!

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