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The BA Joint Honours programme aims to provide students with a unique opportunity to develop knowledge, insight and understanding of two distinct yet complementary subject areas.

This programme facilitates the development of graduate skills, subject expertise and exploration of a range of learning opportunities which will enable students to make an informed choice when determining potential future career pathways.

The part routes of the programme encourage students to acquire knowledge and insight into their chosen subjects, related disciplines, professions, organisations and agencies. Students will develop skills in communication, self-management, reflection, critical analysis, discussion and evaluation and have opportunities to focus on topics which interest them. You will also gain insight into a range of theoretical frameworks that underpin your chosen subject, developing an appreciation and understanding of contemporary ways of working in a range of different contexts.

Guidance and Counselling Studies Guidance and Counselling Studies involves enquiry into the theoretical perspectives underpinning guidance and counselling models and strategies. It includes the analysis and evaluation of the effectiveness of different approaches, and opportunities to apply your developing skills and knowledge in practice.

Why study Guidance and Counselling Studies? You will be involved with an engaging, challenging and varied programme of study which seeks to explore and evaluate the role guidance and counselling can play in supporting young people and adults in making choices about their lives. Building on your existing skills and knowledge, you will be encouraged to develop your individual learning and critical reflective abilities.

A range of approaches to learning, including group work, case studies, problem-solving exercises, enquiry based and experiential learning are used throughout the programme.

Participation in our innovative student peer mentor programme offers further enhancement of your experience of university and the chance to work in a practical way supporting new students.

You will also be encouraged to explore and network with agencies providing guidance and counselling to young people and adults.

Why study Guidance Counselling at Northumbria? This well established programme is taught by staff with an excellent reputation for their innovative teaching approaches informed by up to date research. Staff teaching on this programme have published a range of material, including research papers, articles and training guides to inform practice for professionals working in this area of work. We have also contributed to national and international conferences and award winning programmes in the guidance and counselling field of study. Additionally we have strong links with local agencies offering guidance and counselling services. Our programme is unique in the breadth of study offered in this subject area.

Disability Studies Disability Studies is a multidisciplinary part route, which means you will be examining research and theory from psychology, sociology, history and many other subject areas. For example some of your work will focus on issues around disabled people's physical access to their communities and other work will consider the implications of the latest human rights legislation on disabled people.

Why study Disability Studies? One in ten people have an impairment of some description, one in four have a disabled family member and disability is almost inevitable as we become older. Several years ago legislation was put in place to protect the rights of women and black and ethnic minorities, more recently as a result of pressure from the Disabled People’s Movement similar legislation was developed for disabled people.

Why study Disability Studies at Northumbria? This is one of the longest and most respected Disability Studies courses in the country, being designed and developed in collaboration with the Disabled Peoples’ Movement. This expanding course is taught by well established academics in Disability Studies. They have a national reputation, publishing widely and conducting research with disabled people, charities, local councils and the NHS. In addition, the core staff have strong links to disabled peoples’ organisations being trustees of local charities run by disabled people. They also edit the international acclaimed Journal Disability and Society.

Course Information


Level of Study

Mode of Study
3 years full-time

City Campus, Northumbria University


September 2019




Entry Requirements 2019/20

Compulsory Requirements

For all courses applicants are usually required to have five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English Language and Mathematics, or a University recognised equivalent.

Plus one of the following:

  • GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

    300 UCAS Tariff points (with a minimum of 280 tariff points from 3 GCE A Levels) and a further 20 tariff points from one other qualification.

  • Edexcel/BTEC National:

    Distinction, Distinction, Merit

  • Scottish Highers:

    BBBBC at Highers level, BBC at Advanced Higher.

  • Irish Highers:


  • Other QAA-recognised access programme:

    Full Access Award. Units to be achieved at Distinction and Merit grades.

    Access course students without GCSEs are not required to take these qualifications in addition to their Access Award, but must ensure that any required subjects are fully met within their Access course.

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have one of the following English language qualifications with grades as shown below.

    • A British Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 5.5
    • Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

    The University also accepts many other English language qualifications and if you have any questions about our English Language requirements please contact the International Admissions Office and we will be glad to assist you.

    Don't meet the academic or English language entry requirements for this course? 
    You can still study with us as you may be eligible for our International Foundation Programme. Successful completion of our International Foundation Programme (with a minimum 50% pass mark and English grades BBBB) will guarantee you entry on to this degree.

  • Additional:

    Entry with advanced standing
    Applicants with HND, Foundation Degree or equivalent qualifications may be considered for entry directly into Year 2.

  • Selection:

    All applicants to this course are required to undergo police clearance for entry and will need to supply a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced certificate. The University will send you the appropriate documents to fill in if you are offered a place on the course.

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000


There are no Additional Costs


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Modules Overview


Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

DB0072 -

Building on Employment Interests in Disability Studies (Core,20 Credits)

This module provides the opportunity to study in depth the work of professionals with particular groups of disabled people. Consideration will be given to the growth of professionalisation of society: the medicalisation of problems and solutions; professional models – medical models, normalisation, and educational models; professional ideologies of need, normality and independence. The module will include some lecture sessions, but will mainly involve group work. Students will be encouraged with the support of ex students and a series of professionals (some of whom being disabled) into considering their future employment options. Students will select one group of professionals (health, social or education) to study in depth roles and responsibilities, and strategies of assessment and intervention, or one form of impairment to study provision of support. Assessment will be through group presentations and individual written assignments.

Participation on guidance and enhancement weeks will aid the development of personal and study skills.

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DB0602 -

International and Critical Perspectives in Disability Studies (Core,20 Credits)

This module will provide the opportunity to examine some of the current debates taking place about disability in the UK and internationally. In particular it explores the impact of globalization on the lives of disabled people in different cultures and key critical issues and dilemmas in disability . Students will be encouraged to use their previous learning and experience to analyse critically contemporary and international social theories and think about our understanding of models of disability and discuss the impact of recent political and social developments. Recent insights and debates in the related fields such as childhood, ageing, health and welfare will also be explored. This will include developments in the Disabled People’s Movement as a new social movement. The position of disabled people is then discussed and the module concludes with case studies of international organisations including Disabled People’s International and Disability Awareness in Action The module will consist mainly of seminars in which each student will present and discuss (either as individuals or in groups) critical analyses of recent literature (papers, chapters, books). Assessment will be through two written assignments for international and key critical issues in relation to disabled people’s experiences. Participation on guidance and enhancement weeks will aid the development of personal and study skills.

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PP0217 -

Joint Honours Project (Core,40 Credits)

The quadruple module is designed to give students experience of practical fieldwork in which they will collect, analyse and present data to form a dissertation. The fieldwork will extend from previous work within the degree and personal interest. Whilst not imperative strong recommendation is made that it bears relevance to potential future employment or further study.

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PP0615 -

Constructing the Future (Core,20 Credits)

There is currently no summary for this module.

PP0616 -

Brief Approaches to Counselling and Helping (Core,20 Credits)

There is currently no summary for this module.

RV5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Nursing, Midwifery and Health; Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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