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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

UCAS Code
BL95

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Fee Information

Entry Requirements 2024/25

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:

    BBBBB

  • 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 2024/25 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1: TBC

* The maximum tuition fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by government. Tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, these are subject to government regulations and in line with inflation.


EU Fee in Year 1: TBC

International Fee in Year 1: TBC


Please see the main Funding Pages for 24/25 scholarship information.

 


ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

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Accessibility and Student Inclusion

Northumbria University is committed to developing an inclusive, diverse and accessible campus and wider University community and are determined to ensure that opportunities we provide are open to all.

We are proud to work in partnership with AccessAble to provide Detailed Access Guides to our buildings and facilities across our City, Coach Lane and London Campuses. A Detailed Access Guide lets you know what access will be like when you visit somewhere. It looks at the route you will use getting in and what is available inside. All guides have Accessibility Symbols that give you a quick overview of what is available, and photographs to show you what to expect. The guides are produced by trained surveyors who visit our campuses annually to ensure you have trusted and accurate information.

You can use Northumbria’s AccessAble Guides anytime to check the accessibility of a building or facility and to plan your routes and journeys. Search by location, building or accessibility feature to find the information you need. 

We are dedicated to helping students who may require additional support during their student journey and offer 1-1 advice and guidance appropriate to individual requirements. If you feel you may need additional support you can find out more about what we offer here where you can also contact us with any questions you may have:

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Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with possible restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors if this is deemed necessary in future.

 

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