Guidance and Counselling BA (Hons)

UCAS code B9L5 BA/GC

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About this course 2018/19

This course is due to start in September 2017

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. You will engage with a range of learning experiences that include group work, case studies, problem-solving exercises, enquiry based, and experiential learning, as well as the more traditional lecture based approach. Application of theory into practice is a central theme of the programme. For example, you will be encouraged to participate in our student peer mentoring programme with the opportunity to act as a mentor for other students.

This programme 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 accredited by the Career Development Institute, which is the UK-wide professional body for career guidance. Work placements are available for a full year between your second and final years, with the additional option of a placement module during your second year. Study abroad is also possible, with opportunities to study counselling in Portugal and social policies in Sweden. 

Learn from the best

Our team of tutors have wide experience of working in guidance, counselling, education, health and social care settings.  The team includes renowned national and international consultants, authors of key publications which inform current guidance and counselling practice and multiple award winners for innovation in career guidance.

Our tutors have built up, over several years, an excellent network of organisations that offer work placements to students. You can choose to explore professional practice as a module in the second year. There are also opportunities to undertake a full year placement between the second and final years.

Our tutors have also developed strong links with European academic institutions. There are opportunities to study counselling at the Instituto Superior de Servico Social do Porto based in Portugal, and to study social policies in Sweden. There is also the option of a short course at Hochschule Osnabrueck in Germany.

 

Teaching and Assessment

We will use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, group work, case discussions, problem-based exercises and experiential learning. To facilitate the independent learning that needs to take place outside of formal contact sessions, there will be directed learning tasks during every module.

Teaching is backed up by a well-designed support system that will underpin your learning journey. You will have a personal tutor with whom you can discuss academic or personal issues, and who will model good guidance practice.

A unique feature of the course is the involvement of students in the Peer Mentoring Project. In your first year you’ll be mentored by students from other years then, in turn, you’ll become a mentor in your second and final years.

Our assessment strategy is designed to support student-centred learning and you will take increasing responsibility for evaluating and improving your performance. The assessment process will encourage interaction and dialogue around learning and assessment (peer-student and teacher-student). 

Learning Environment

Technology Enhanced Learning is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research. The teaching team uses interactive technologies to provide feedback, encourage you to explore questions, and identify areas for development.

To help you develop your skills in guidance and counselling, we record sessions so that you can review the interactions and reflect upon your progress with the support of tutors.

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Research-rich Learning

At Northumbria your learning will be directly impacted by the teaching team’s active research into their specialist areas, which include the theory of career development, employability, effective group facilitation, advocacy, learning and decision-making, and youth workforce development. As part of the University’s strong research-rich ethos, you will also build up your own research skills as you formulate questions, critique different interpretations and develop well-founded arguments.

In your first year you will be introduced to enquiry-based learning, engaging critically with research in seminars and assessments. In your second year there is increased focus on starting to conduct your own research. In the final year you will undertake a research project that will be a test of academic maturity, academic rigour and intellectual ambition.

Give your career an edge

The course’s credibility among potential employers is boosted by its accreditation by the Career Development Institute. This is the UK-wide professional body for everyone working in the fields of career education; career information, advice and guidance; career coaching, career consultancy and career management.

Throughout the course there is an emphasis on employability. You’ll develop important professional skills through group work, one-to-one work, interviews and presentations. In your second year there is a Career Development Project module. In the final year you’ll be encouraged to base your major research project around your career interests, and to engage with relevant professionals to develop a clear understanding of best practice.

Links with our Careers and Employment Service will begin from your first year. The Service promotes career development learning and offers a range of workshops, one-to-one advice and networking opportunities. 

Your Future

The content of the course is relevant to all the ‘helping professions’ and you’ll have a great deal of flexibility when it comes to careers.

Further specialist training will be required for some careers, such as teaching, social work and nursing. For other roles you might go straight into employment and undertake on the job training.  Examples of roles include career guidance practitioner, drugs worker, training and development officer, learning mentor, behaviour specialist, progression coach, counselling and support manager.

If you decide to start your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university. 

Whatever you decide to do, you’ll have strong employability as a result of having acquired the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate. These include critical reflection and self-learning, collaboration and curiosity, and the ability to apply your knowledge to solve problems in ways that are sustainable and ethical.

About this course 2019/20

This course is due to start in September 2017

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. You will engage with a range of learning experiences that include group work, case studies, problem-solving exercises, enquiry based, and experiential learning, as well as the more traditional lecture based approach. Application of theory into practice is a central theme of the programme. For example, you will be encouraged to participate in our student peer mentoring programme with the opportunity to act as a mentor for other students.

This programme 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 accredited by the Career Development Institute, which is the UK-wide professional body for career guidance. Work placements are available for a full year between your second and final years, with the additional option of a placement module during your second year. Study abroad is also possible, with opportunities to study counselling in Portugal and social policies in Sweden. 

Learn from the best

Our team of tutors have wide experience of working in guidance, counselling, education, health and social care settings.  The team includes renowned national and international consultants, authors of key publications which inform current guidance and counselling practice and multiple award winners for innovation in career guidance.

Our tutors have built up, over several years, an excellent network of organisations that offer work placements to students. You can choose to explore professional practice as a module in the second year. There are also opportunities to undertake a full year placement between the second and final years.

Our tutors have also developed strong links with European academic institutions. There are opportunities to study counselling at the Instituto Superior de Servico Social do Porto based in Portugal, and to study social policies in Sweden. There is also the option of a short course at Hochschule Osnabrueck in Germany.

 

Teaching and Assessment

We will use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, group work, case discussions, problem-based exercises and experiential learning. To facilitate the independent learning that needs to take place outside of formal contact sessions, there will be directed learning tasks during every module.

Teaching is backed up by a well-designed support system that will underpin your learning journey. You will have a personal tutor with whom you can discuss academic or personal issues, and who will model good guidance practice.

A unique feature of the course is the involvement of students in the Peer Mentoring Project. In your first year you’ll be mentored by students from other years then, in turn, you’ll become a mentor in your second and final years.

Our assessment strategy is designed to support student-centred learning and you will take increasing responsibility for evaluating and improving your performance. The assessment process will encourage interaction and dialogue around learning and assessment (peer-student and teacher-student). 

Learning Environment

Technology Enhanced Learning is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research. The teaching team uses interactive technologies to provide feedback, encourage you to explore questions, and identify areas for development.

To help you develop your skills in guidance and counselling, we record sessions so that you can review the interactions and reflect upon your progress with the support of tutors.

The 24/7 University Library achieves some of the highest levels of student satisfaction in the UK and has held the Cabinet Office accreditation for Customer Service Excellence since 2010.

caption: University Library

Research-rich Learning

At Northumbria your learning will be directly impacted by the teaching team’s active research into their specialist areas, which include the theory of career development, employability, effective group facilitation, advocacy, learning and decision-making, and youth workforce development. As part of the University’s strong research-rich ethos, you will also build up your own research skills as you formulate questions, critique different interpretations and develop well-founded arguments.

In your first year you will be introduced to enquiry-based learning, engaging critically with research in seminars and assessments. In your second year there is increased focus on starting to conduct your own research. In the final year you will undertake a research project that will be a test of academic maturity, academic rigour and intellectual ambition.

Give your career an edge

The course’s credibility among potential employers is boosted by its accreditation by the Career Development Institute. This is the UK-wide professional body for everyone working in the fields of career education; career information, advice and guidance; career coaching, career consultancy and career management.

Throughout the course there is an emphasis on employability. You’ll develop important professional skills through group work, one-to-one work, interviews and presentations. In your second year there is a Career Development Project module. In the final year you’ll be encouraged to base your major research project around your career interests, and to engage with relevant professionals to develop a clear understanding of best practice.

Links with our Careers and Employment Service will begin from your first year. The Service promotes career development learning and offers a range of workshops, one-to-one advice and networking opportunities. 

Your Future

The content of the course is relevant to all the ‘helping professions’ and you’ll have a great deal of flexibility when it comes to careers.

Further specialist training will be required for some careers, such as teaching, social work and nursing. For other roles you might go straight into employment and undertake on the job training.  Examples of roles include career guidance practitioner, drugs worker, training and development officer, learning mentor, behaviour specialist, progression coach, counselling and support manager.

If you decide to start your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university. 

Whatever you decide to do, you’ll have strong employability as a result of having acquired the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate. These include critical reflection and self-learning, collaboration and curiosity, and the ability to apply your knowledge to solve problems in ways that are sustainable and ethical.

Course info

UCAS Code B9L5 BA/GC

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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