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Overview

Do you have a passion for helping people, do you feel inspired to make a positive change in people's lives, and to meet society's ever-growing need for help in times of mental health difficulties, bereavement, or any number of life's troubles? Then our undergraduate counselling course is for you. 

Our course integrates current therapeutic approaches in an innovative way to prepare you to become a skilled, competent and reflective practitioner. It offers you a rare opportunity to gain both a BACP-accredited academic degree and a professional qualification, and through 108 hours of placements, you'll be well on your way to becoming an accredited practitioner.

We'll give you in-depth knowledge of the four major psychotherapeutic approaches:

  • Person-centred
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Psychodynamic
  • Existential 

You will develop your understanding of the key feature of counselling - the therapeutic relationship between counsellor and client. In order to achieve this, you'll undergo personal therapy yourself, starting in year one. You'll also practise what you've learned in lectures through video-recorded counselling sessions in the UEL labs. We'll enhance your employment prospects by offering you work placements and a number of volunteering and community action projects.

Study our course and you can find yourself profoundly changing people's lives in a career that will give you incredible satisfaction and reward.

What makes this course different

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100% Overall satisfaction

The overall satisfaction is rated at 100% in NSS (National Student Survey) for 2020. This reflects our innovative approach of teaching linking theory with practice.

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100 hours of placement

By the time you graduate you’ll have amassed at least 100 hours of client work. You’ll be well on your way to the 450 hours you need for full British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accreditation.

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Accredited by the BACP

This is one of the very few undergraduate counselling training degrees in the UK that’s been awarded professional accreditation by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

We've made theory, practice, research and personal development the four pillars on which we've built our course.

In year one, you'll study the foundations of the therapeutic process and practise basic counselling skills. You'll have the chance to apply your knowledge through supervised counselling work placements during your second and third years. Additionally, in your third year, you'll carry out and write up a research project.

There are many ways of providing counselling, involving more than 400 different therapeutic modalities. The characteristic feature of this course is the highly contemporary way in which it integrates the main therapeutic approaches.

You'll cover the main and well-established modalities of person-centred counselling, psychodynamic counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy and existential counselling.

By the time you graduate, you'll have amassed at least 100 hours of client work. You'll be well on your way to the 450 hours you need for full British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accreditation.

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up to date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change. 

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MODULES

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    Core Counselling Skills and Processes

    By the end of this module, you will have received an overview of the main tenets of counselling theory, research and practice in the UK. You will have acquired an understanding of the various attitudes and core qualities relevant to counselling and allied helping professions, and you will have begun to understand the importance of ethics and ethical issues in counselling. 

    You will also have gained hands-on experience of the development and use of core skills such as attending, listening and communicating empathy. During this process, you will gain a good grounding in the role of personal therapy as a means of persona and professional development. 

    Moreover, you will have experienced, first-hand, the privilege of working with peers in a process of developing personally and professionally through practical experience. A central theme in this pursuit is that of embracing reflective practice through giving and receiving feedback. 

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    Personal Development and Professional Life (Mental Wealth)

    This module aims to enhance your knowledge of theories and interventions in various areas of personal and professional development including the acknowledgment and refining of emotional, social, physical and cognitive intelligence. You will develop your reflective abilities and interpersonal skills; you will understand the importance of self-awareness in your role as a professional, accountable and ethical trainee counsellor. Issues of difference, diversity and equality will be considered in relation to personal and professional values and responsibilities. 

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    Researching with Small Samples

    To introduce students to key approaches to research in Psychology, including research design, data analysis, evaluating and writing up research. This module will focus on research methods appropriate to questions relating to smaller sample sizes. 

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    Person-Centred Counselling

    This module will introduce you to the main theory and philosophy of the Person-Centred therapeutic approach. It will enable you to develop a relationship with yourself and others, by means of understanding and putting into practice the Person-Centred philosophy. Through reflective learning and ethical practice, you will learn about difference and diversity whilst developing your understanding of human distress. Contemporary advancements of the Person-Centred approach will also be discussed. 

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    Professional Development and Ethical Practice

    By the end of this module, you will have received an overview of psychological theories and methods of professional development. You will gain an understanding of the conceptual, historical and philosophical assumptions of counselling and psychology as compared with other helping professions, including the medical profession.

    You will learning about the BACP Ethical Framework and explore ethical dilemmas in counselling. You will continue to develop your self-awareness, reflecting on your beliefs, assumptions and values. You will explore the benefits and challenges of working with others who hold similar and different perspectives to your own. 

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    Researching with Larger Samples

    To introduce students to key approaches to research in Psychology, including research design, data analysis, evaluating and writing up research. This module will focus on research methods appropriate to questions relating to larger sample sizes. 

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    Becoming a Reflective Practitioner (Mental Wealth)

    This module will prepare you for the process of finding a clinical placement. We will focus on a variety of personal and professional development activities to enable you to use reflective practice theory and applied skills to become more aware of your development as an emerging practitioner. You will have opportunities to improve the core and generic skills and personal qualities necessary for safe and effective practice and you will learn how to reflectively apply your knowledge of the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice. You will be introduced to the theory and application of reflective practice and you will be working with peers under tutor supervision to reflect on, monitor and critically evaluate your counselling practice. 

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    Psychodynamic Counselling

    This module will introduce you to the theories and practices of psychodynamic thinking. You will gain an in-depth understanding of how interpersonal dynamics unfold within a therapeutic relationship and how they inform therapeutic practice. You will be able to reflect on your personal experiences and how they influence your emerging counselling practice and your style of relating to others. 

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    Research Methods

    This module will provide you with a detailed and practical overview of qualitative research theory and methodology, placing an emphasis on the use of research skills which are particularly amenable to counselling practice. You will increase and refine your ability to plan and design ethical research and write up research proposals. Epistemological and methodological issues including reflexivity and ethics will be introduced and discussed. At the end of the module you will also have familiarised yourself with key findings from research into counselling and related disciplines, acquiring an enhanced ability to review and evaluate previous findings in the field. 

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    Life Span Development (Children and Young People)

    This module will introduce you to psychological theories related to child development and to the main historical landmarks in the understanding of counselling for children and young people. The main theoretical principles that underpin current models of counselling children and young people and the associated legal and ethical frameworks will be discussed. At the end of the module you will have acquired an understanding of a range of counselling skills and techniques deriving from contemporary approaches to counselling children and young people. 

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    Life Span Development (Adulthood and Later Life)

    This module will introduce you to the main psychological theories of lifespan development and its various milestones and transitions. It will adopt a multidimensional framework of the lifecycle in order to place clients' presenting issues in a developmental context. Through this process you will become aware of how your own experiences and stages of life affects the way you relate to others, both generally and in context of counselling work. 

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    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

    By the end of this module, you will have received a broad overview of theory, research, skills, techniques and applications of relevance to Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT). You will gain an understanding of scientific understandings of the mind, the brain, behaviour and experience, as well as how each interacts with the complex environments in which it is situated. This will then inform your grasp of the cognitive and behavioural underpinnings of CBT as a psychotherapeutic approach. 

    You will have acquired tangible knowledge that can be explicitly applied toward integrating the cognitive-behavioural therapeutic approach with other counselling skills and processes. You will also be introduced to various cognitive conceptualisation models (assessment and formulation from a CBT perspective), all of which will have application to a variety of client presenting issues. 

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    Becoming a Competent Practitioner (Mental Wealth)

    This dedicated work-based learning module will equip you with the knowledge and skills required for competent, professional and ethical practice as a counsellor. You will be able to recognise specific conditions and utilise your knowledge to make decisions regarding therapeutic plans, multidisciplinary support, and/or referral to other professionals. At the end of the module, you will know how to present and communicate a case to other professionals in supervision. You will have acquired experience of attending clinical supervision, utilising it to develop your practice as an emerging counsellor. Continuous reflection will be further embedded into both your counselling work and personal development. 

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    Research Dissertation

    This module will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to conceptualise, design, execute and report an original piece of research relevant to counselling and psychology. It will facilitate the application of your skills and psychological knowledge to conduct and report an independent piece of empirical research. 

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    Clinical Practice and Supervision

    This module will augment your knowledge about various client presentations and how to work within them. It will sharpen your professional understanding and skills, whilst furthering your ability to assess and formulate a client's presenting issues and form a therapeutic plan. Utilisation of clinical supervision will hold a central place in your practice and learning. Continuous reflection and self-care will be further embedded into both your counselling work and personal development. 

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    The Integrative Practitioner

    This module will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to critically evaluate the theory and philosophy of integration in counselling and psychotherapy. You will understand the philosophical underpinnings and challenges of integration and visit a range of theories and approaches on integrative practice, assessment and formulation. You will reflect on your own personal synthesis and way of working with a counsellor. Within this reflective process you will achieve a critical evaluation of your evolving personal and professional development, your integrative understanding of human distress and the language you tend to use when framing and communicating a client's presenting issues in your counselling practice and to peer practitioners. 

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    Existential Counselling

    By the end of this module, you should expect to have gained a theoretical understanding of concepts and issues involved in Existential Counselling and its application to therapeutic practice. By exploring aspects of the human condition, you will develop knowledge and understanding of how existential ideas can facilitate change within the psychotherapeutic process. 

HOW YOU'LL LEARN

You'll be taught by a range of staff, all of whom are qualified counsellors, therapists, or psychologists, which ensures practice-focused teaching and research that is relevant to your professional development and future career.  You will be taught through lectures, seminars, skills practice sessions (which start from your first week on the course), and, in your final year, group-based clinical supervision with a course tutor.  

When not attending timetabled lectures you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This will typically involve reading journal articles and books, preparing for seminars, undertaking preparing coursework assignments, and arranging independent skills practice sessions with your peers. In your final year, much of your independent study will be focused on your dissertation research project.  Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and Moodle.

Students are supported with any academic or subject related queries by an Academic Advisor, module leaders, former and current UEL students. 

If you need a bit of extra help with certain skills such as academic writing, maths or IT, our Skillzone and English for Academic Purposes we offer workshops, drop-in sessions and one-to-one appointments to help our students achieve their potential. You can receive advice and guidance on all aspects of the IT systems provided by the university from our IT Service Desks located on all three campuses.
Our Student Support hubs in Docklands and Stratford feature centralised helpdesks to cater for your every need. UEL provides also support and advice for disabled students and those with specific learning difficulties (SPDs).

Each year you will spend around 300 hours of timetabled learning and teaching activities. These may be lectures, workshops, seminars and individual and group tutorials. Contact hours may vary depending on each module.

The approximate percentages for this course are:
Year 1: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours.
Year 2: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours.
Year 3: scheduled teaching - 300 hours; guided independent study - 900 hours.

Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00am and 6.00pm. For undergraduate students, Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible.

To give you an indication of class sizes, this course normally attracts 40-50 students a year. Lecture sizes are normally 30-40 students.
You will also engage in skills practice and supervision sessions in groups of around four to six peers, plus a staff observer.

HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED

You will be assessed through 100% coursework. It will include academic essays, reflective essays, skills analysis of recorded practice counselling sessions, oral presentations, and video recorded personal statements.  In your final year, you will complete a substantial dissertation research project.

You'll always receive detailed feedback outlining your strengths and how you can improve. We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 15 working days.

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

Stratford Campus

Stratford Campus, Water Lane, Stratford

WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Dr Lucia Berdondini

Lucia joined UEL in November 2015. She is currently the Programme Leader of the DL MSc Humanitarian Intervention and Associate Professor.

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Dr Fevronia Christodoulidi

Fevronia (aka 'Fenia') is a Senior Lecturer in Counselling & Psychotherapy on the BSc (Hons) Counselling Programme at the University of East London.

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Dr Sonja Falck

Sonja is a UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist and Supervisor and BACP Senior Accredited, and a lecturer on our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

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Dr Luis Jimenez

Luis Jimenez is a senior lecturer in the School of Psychology at UEL.

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Dr Paul Galbally

Paul Galbally is Course Lead and Senior Lecturer on BSc (Hons) Counselling.

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Ani de la Prida

Ani de la Prida is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology.

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What we're researching

At the University of East London we are working on the some of the big issues that will define our future; from sustainable architecture and ethical AI, to health inequality and breaking down barriers in the creative industries.

Our students and academics are more critically engaged and socially conscious than ever before. Discover some of the positive changes our students, alumni and academics are making in the world.

Please visit our Research section to find out more.

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)

YOUR FUTURE CAREER

A huge bonus of studying for this degree is that you will graduate from a BACP-accredited course, having acquired more than 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. That's how many of our graduates have begun their careers.

Other likely employment areas include charities, schools or NHS mental health services. You can work towards the full BACP accreditation of 450 hours of experience while working and getting paid.

This undergraduate course is ambitious and challenging and, when you've seen it through, you'll find yourself at a level that many other students can aspire to only at postgraduate level.

If you prefer to continue with your academic career, you'll be able to progress to postgraduate studies in psychotherapy, coaching or integrative coaching and counselling disciplines. Or you can go on to do a master's in Psychology. All these avenues will be open to you.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.