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Studying BA (Hons) Guidance and Counselling at Northumbria University will equip you with a variety of skills and knowledge needed to work within a broad range of helping professions. You will be encouraged to develop your critical faculties to be able to recognise the existence of inequalities and discriminatory practices encountered by people in everyday life and to consider strategies to influence and bring about change. 

This course is a valuable foundation for those who wish to use guidance and counselling strategies as part of a job role in working with young people and adults in health, education or community settings, or as the basis for further postgraduate research or professional training. BA Guidance and Counselling offers a challenging and innovative study experience which draws on theoretical perspectives and is enhanced by opportunities to put that theory into practice in a range of settings.

Guidance and Counselling is a subject that is only offered by a select group of universities at undergraduate level.  BA (Hons) Guidance and Counselling at Northumbria University is unique in being the only undergraduate programme that meets the qualification requirements for the UK register of the Career Development Professionals of the Career Development Institute, which is the UK-wide professional body for career guidance.

This programme is delivered entirely at Kaplan in Singapore and is offered as Part Time and Full Time mode of study.

If you would like to apply or for further information please visit the Kaplan website. For any specific queries relating directly to Northumbria please contact tne@northumbria.ac.uk.

Studying BA (Hons) Guidance and Counselling at Northumbria University will equip you with a variety of skills and knowledge needed to work within a broad range of helping professions. You will be encouraged to develop your critical faculties to be able to recognise the existence of inequalities and discriminatory practices encountered by people in everyday life and to consider strategies to influence and bring about change. 

This course is a valuable foundation for those who wish to use guidance and counselling strategies as part of a job role in working with young people and adults in health, education or community settings, or as the basis for further postgraduate research or professional training. BA Guidance and Counselling offers a challenging and innovative study experience which draws on theoretical perspectives and is enhanced by opportunities to put that theory into practice in a range of settings.

Guidance and Counselling is a subject that is only offered by a select group of universities at undergraduate level.  BA (Hons) Guidance and Counselling at Northumbria University is unique in being the only undergraduate programme that meets the qualification requirements for the UK register of the Career Development Professionals of the Career Development Institute, which is the UK-wide professional body for career guidance.

This programme is delivered entirely at Kaplan in Singapore and is offered as Part Time and Full Time mode of study.

If you would like to apply or for further information please visit the Kaplan website. For any specific queries relating directly to Northumbria please contact tne@northumbria.ac.uk.

Course Information

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
18 months

Location
Various Locations

City
Newcastle

Start
November or May

Fee Information

Module Information

Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

For information on entry requirements please visit the Kaplan website

Entry Requirements 2022/23

Standard Entry

For information on entry requirements please visit the Kaplan website

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Modules

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

PP0548 -

Mentoring: Theory and Practice (Core,20 Credits)

You will explore the theory and practice of mentoring, focusing on the use of both group and individual approaches in developing and enhancing the mentoring relationship. You will recognise the core guidance and counselling skills inherent in the mentoring role and apply them with 1st year undergraduates. You will undertake research into the effectiveness of mentoring across the life course and within educational, business and community settings.

More information

PP0549 -

The Skilled Helper (Core,20 Credits)

You will explore the theory and practice of a range of helping processes drawn from differing contexts and critical perspectives. Attention is given to individual approaches to helping and initiating change. This will include the exploration of counselling within specific contexts (e.g. Transcultural, feminist, online etc.) and representations of helping in the media. There will also be an opportunity to explore critical views of counselling paradigms that have been developed within the disabled people’s movement and other sociological perspectives.

More information

PP0550 -

Career Development Project (Core,20 Credits)

The aim of the module is to provide you with an opportunity to explore potential career pathways and develop an understanding of professional roles by undertaking a career development project. Exploring entry routes and requirements of occupations through a range of sources, including direct contact with professionals, will further develop research skills as well as develop and utilise networks to help you to enhance your employability. You will conduct a study into a chosen professional area, reflect critically upon a range of academic and work related experiences and consider how these have informed your career identity and contributed to the development of graduate attributes and employability skills. You will complete an application and undertake a mock interview in which you will be supported to reflect upon and verbally articulate your graduate skills, attributes and values.

More information

PP0551 -

Guidance and Counselling in Groups (Core,20 Credits)

You will explore the theory and practice of group delivery within a Guidance and Counselling context, building upon experience gained within the ‘Developing Skills and Strategies for Helping’ module. Throughout the module you will be provided with knowledge and practical experience of working with groups, initially as a participant and later as a facilitator. You will study theoretical approaches to group work and group management, the latter including the skills of leadership and facilitation. You will gain practical experience of working in groups, beginning with low stakes activities to build your confidence. Ultimately you will be involved, with a small group of your peers, in the planning and delivery of a group work session. You will undertake personal research into the effectiveness of group delivery of guidance and counselling as the module proceeds.

More information

PP0552 -

Research in Practice (Core,20 Credits)

This module will help you to further develop knowledge from the module ‘introduction to academic research’ through development of a deeper understanding of the research process.
The overall module aim is to support you in developing your research skills and knowledge. You will also further develop your ability to analyse and critique research literature and to consider its application to practice. The module will provide you with a strong grounding in a range of research methods. It will also enable you to understand the philosophical and theoretical frameworks that underpin these methods and the research process as a whole. Undertaking this module will help you to prepare for your final year dissertation / project

More information

PP0554 -

Mending the Gap: Collaborative Learning with Service Users (Core,20 Credits)

Working collaboratively, you will begin to reflect upon the way that gaps in knowledge and experience between professionals and service users/clients have been used to explain and justify unequal power relations. You will explore the ways in which narratives and representations are formed and circulate in everyday life in order to create stereotyped expectations and assumptions about different groups within society, and begin to identify ways of overcoming these. You will critically reflect on your own value base in relation to participation and collaboration with people with whom you have until now perhaps had limited contact and upon the implications of this learning experience for your own future professional practice. You will learn about the importance of valuing the voices, experiences and perspectives of marginalised people in Guidance and Counselling practice and in the co-production and ongoing development of Integrated Health and Social Care services.

More information

PP0635 -

Guidance and Counselling Project (Core,40 Credits)

Building on research understanding and skills developed throughout your programme, this module will introduce you to key ideas, perspectives and activities in social research relevant to guidance and counselling. You will develop knowledge and understanding about what and how things can be ‘known’ (epistemology), ways of seeing the world (paradigms), approaches and traditions in research (methodology), collecting or generating data (methods) and analysing or interpreting findings (analysis). In addition, you will understand how to relate each of these elements into a coherent research project and will appreciate relevant ethical issues that apply to your research.

More information

PP0636 -

Models of Career Guidance Practice (Core,20 Credits)

This module explores theories of career choice and development and how these are used in career guidance practice with young people and adults. In this module you are encouraged to develop insight into a range of multi- disciplinary models of career choice and development and consider their relevance to current practice in the UK (both in schools and in in a range of settings for all ages). You will have the opportunity to further develop and apply important guidance and counselling skills in the context of careers work. You will undertake formative assessments which allow you to practice and further develop guidance skills. The summative assessment will involve planning and delivering a career guidance intervention, for example a career guidance interview or a group activity, and written commentary, drawing upon career development theory.

More information

PP0637 -

Engaging with Older Clients (Core,20 Credits)

Within this module you will develop the knowledge needed to support practice when working with older people. You will develop a critical understanding of key theoretical perspectives on ageing, with a focus on life course perspectives. You will also explore current, global, debates on ageing and develop the ability to apply underpinning knowledge to counselling practice when working with older people.
Within this module you will explore the realities of aging in society from the perspective of older people. As part of this module you will also explore a range of issues that may impact on older people and influence their engagement with guidance and counselling services.

More information

PP0638 -

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

You will explore the theory and practice of a range of brief approaches drawn from differing theoretical and critical perspectives. In this module you will develop knowledge and critical understanding of three types of brief counselling approaches as used in guidance and counselling settings: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Approaches and Motivational Interviewing. You will develop understanding of the theoretical background to the approaches and implications for practice. This may involve working in situations where you will think about issues that some people face, such as anxiety and depression, as well as behaviours which may prove problematic, such as substance misuse.

More information

PP0639 -

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

In this module you will develop knowledge and critical understanding of three types of narrative practice used in guidance and counselling: personal construct psychology, existential therapy and narrative therapy. You will develop understanding of the ways in which the lives of individuals, families and communities are shaped by the stories they tell about themselves, and of ways in which identities can be enriched and strengthened or hurt and diminished depending upon the sorts of stories that are told and who is recognised as having the right to tell stories. In exploring these three types of therapeutic intervention, you will gain insight into how different types of listening conversations can be used as opportunities to allow people to think about how damaging stories can be rejected, and different meanings and preferred storylines can lead to more positive, accepting outcomes. You will gain insight into the view that the person is never the problem, but that the problem is the problem: and find creative ways of working with people in to support them to think differently about problems. As well as learning about the theoretical bases of each of these approaches, you will participate in workshops and seminars where you will have the opportunity to begin to put them into practice. This may involve working in situations where you will consider ideas about subjects including loss, bereavement, death, modern power, or where you will learn about counselling individuals, couples, family groups and communities.

More information

Modules

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

PP0548 -

Mentoring: Theory and Practice (Core,20 Credits)

You will explore the theory and practice of mentoring, focusing on the use of both group and individual approaches in developing and enhancing the mentoring relationship. You will recognise the core guidance and counselling skills inherent in the mentoring role and apply them with 1st year undergraduates. You will undertake research into the effectiveness of mentoring across the life course and within educational, business and community settings.

More information

PP0549 -

The Skilled Helper (Core,20 Credits)

You will explore the theory and practice of a range of helping processes drawn from differing contexts and critical perspectives. Attention is given to individual approaches to helping and initiating change. This will include the exploration of counselling within specific contexts (e.g. Transcultural, feminist, online etc.) and representations of helping in the media. There will also be an opportunity to explore critical views of counselling paradigms that have been developed within the disabled people’s movement and other sociological perspectives.

More information

PP0550 -

Career Development Project (Core,20 Credits)

The aim of the module is to provide you with an opportunity to explore potential career pathways and develop an understanding of professional roles by undertaking a career development project. Exploring entry routes and requirements of occupations through a range of sources, including direct contact with professionals, will further develop research skills as well as develop and utilise networks to help you to enhance your employability. You will conduct a study into a chosen professional area, reflect critically upon a range of academic and work related experiences and consider how these have informed your career identity and contributed to the development of graduate attributes and employability skills. You will complete an application and undertake a mock interview in which you will be supported to reflect upon and verbally articulate your graduate skills, attributes and values.

More information

PP0551 -

Guidance and Counselling in Groups (Core,20 Credits)

You will explore the theory and practice of group delivery within a Guidance and Counselling context, building upon experience gained within the ‘Developing Skills and Strategies for Helping’ module. Throughout the module you will be provided with knowledge and practical experience of working with groups, initially as a participant and later as a facilitator. You will study theoretical approaches to group work and group management, the latter including the skills of leadership and facilitation. You will gain practical experience of working in groups, beginning with low stakes activities to build your confidence. Ultimately you will be involved, with a small group of your peers, in the planning and delivery of a group work session. You will undertake personal research into the effectiveness of group delivery of guidance and counselling as the module proceeds.

More information

PP0552 -

Research in Practice (Core,20 Credits)

This module will help you to further develop knowledge from the module ‘introduction to academic research’ through development of a deeper understanding of the research process.
The overall module aim is to support you in developing your research skills and knowledge. You will also further develop your ability to analyse and critique research literature and to consider its application to practice. The module will provide you with a strong grounding in a range of research methods. It will also enable you to understand the philosophical and theoretical frameworks that underpin these methods and the research process as a whole. Undertaking this module will help you to prepare for your final year dissertation / project

More information

PP0554 -

Mending the Gap: Collaborative Learning with Service Users (Core,20 Credits)

Working collaboratively, you will begin to reflect upon the way that gaps in knowledge and experience between professionals and service users/clients have been used to explain and justify unequal power relations. You will explore the ways in which narratives and representations are formed and circulate in everyday life in order to create stereotyped expectations and assumptions about different groups within society, and begin to identify ways of overcoming these. You will critically reflect on your own value base in relation to participation and collaboration with people with whom you have until now perhaps had limited contact and upon the implications of this learning experience for your own future professional practice. You will learn about the importance of valuing the voices, experiences and perspectives of marginalised people in Guidance and Counselling practice and in the co-production and ongoing development of Integrated Health and Social Care services.

More information

PP0635 -

Guidance and Counselling Project (Core,40 Credits)

Building on research understanding and skills developed throughout your programme, this module will introduce you to key ideas, perspectives and activities in social research relevant to guidance and counselling. You will develop knowledge and understanding about what and how things can be ‘known’ (epistemology), ways of seeing the world (paradigms), approaches and traditions in research (methodology), collecting or generating data (methods) and analysing or interpreting findings (analysis). In addition, you will understand how to relate each of these elements into a coherent research project and will appreciate relevant ethical issues that apply to your research.

More information

PP0636 -

Models of Career Guidance Practice (Core,20 Credits)

This module explores theories of career choice and development and how these are used in career guidance practice with young people and adults. In this module you are encouraged to develop insight into a range of multi- disciplinary models of career choice and development and consider their relevance to current practice in the UK (both in schools and in in a range of settings for all ages). You will have the opportunity to further develop and apply important guidance and counselling skills in the context of careers work. You will undertake formative assessments which allow you to practice and further develop guidance skills. The summative assessment will involve planning and delivering a career guidance intervention, for example a career guidance interview or a group activity, and written commentary, drawing upon career development theory.

More information

PP0637 -

Engaging with Older Clients (Core,20 Credits)

Within this module you will develop the knowledge needed to support practice when working with older people. You will develop a critical understanding of key theoretical perspectives on ageing, with a focus on life course perspectives. You will also explore current, global, debates on ageing and develop the ability to apply underpinning knowledge to counselling practice when working with older people.
Within this module you will explore the realities of aging in society from the perspective of older people. As part of this module you will also explore a range of issues that may impact on older people and influence their engagement with guidance and counselling services.

More information

PP0638 -

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

You will explore the theory and practice of a range of brief approaches drawn from differing theoretical and critical perspectives. In this module you will develop knowledge and critical understanding of three types of brief counselling approaches as used in guidance and counselling settings: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Approaches and Motivational Interviewing. You will develop understanding of the theoretical background to the approaches and implications for practice. This may involve working in situations where you will think about issues that some people face, such as anxiety and depression, as well as behaviours which may prove problematic, such as substance misuse.

More information

PP0639 -

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

In this module you will develop knowledge and critical understanding of three types of narrative practice used in guidance and counselling: personal construct psychology, existential therapy and narrative therapy. You will develop understanding of the ways in which the lives of individuals, families and communities are shaped by the stories they tell about themselves, and of ways in which identities can be enriched and strengthened or hurt and diminished depending upon the sorts of stories that are told and who is recognised as having the right to tell stories. In exploring these three types of therapeutic intervention, you will gain insight into how different types of listening conversations can be used as opportunities to allow people to think about how damaging stories can be rejected, and different meanings and preferred storylines can lead to more positive, accepting outcomes. You will gain insight into the view that the person is never the problem, but that the problem is the problem: and find creative ways of working with people in to support them to think differently about problems. As well as learning about the theoretical bases of each of these approaches, you will participate in workshops and seminars where you will have the opportunity to begin to put them into practice. This may involve working in situations where you will consider ideas about subjects including loss, bereavement, death, modern power, or where you will learn about counselling individuals, couples, family groups and communities.

More information

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Our admissions team will be happy to help. They can be contacted on 0191 406 0901.

Contact Details for Applicants:

tne@northumbria.ac.uk

All information on this course page is accurate at the time of viewing.

Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of face to face and online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

 

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