BSc (Hons) Counselling and Mental Health | AECC University College

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BSc (Hons) Counselling and Mental Health

BSc (Hons)

If you’re passionate about helping people with their mental health, this practical, skills-based degree will prepare you for a rewarding career on the frontline.

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Course Title BSc (Hons) Counselling and Mental Health
Qualification BSc (Hons)
UCAS Code C814
Study Mode Full-time
Typical Offer BBB or above
Duration 3 year
Institution Code A65
Start Date September Entry
Location Parkwood Campus, Bournemouth


This course has been specially designed to provide a thorough grounding in the growing professional disciplines relating to both mental health and counselling, with a greater focus on practical skills than Psychology degrees are able to offer. Through a mixture of online learning, face-to-face workshops, tutorials and placements, you’ll learn about specific disorders and the skills required to work with those suffering from poor mental health. You’ll also choose your own counselling or mental health topic for your final year research project, enabling you to pursue an area of particular interest to you.

Studying with us will offer plenty of opportunity to put your developing practical counselling skills into practice – you’ll have gained at least 100 hours of clinical experience by the time you graduate. You’ll also have gained the professional skills required for entering the workforce, as these are embedded throughout our curriculum to keep you up to date with the appropriate knowledge and information, setting you on the path for professional accreditation in counselling.

Please note: 

  • This course is now closed for September 2024 entries
  • This course is currently subject to approval.

Course Details

What you will learn

The BSc (Hons) Counselling and Mental Health will provide you with a thorough grounding in the growing professional disciplines relating to both mental health and counselling, as well as setting you on the path for professional accreditation in counselling.

On the course you will learn about mental health conditions as well as learn practical counselling skills which will be put in to practice during the placements you will experience as part of the course. Professional skills required for entering the workforce are embedded throughout the course. You will also get the opportunity to carry out a final year research project in any area relating to Counselling or Mental Health that is of interest to you.

Why Study Counselling and Mental Health?
  • If you have a passion for helping others and their mental health
  • If you want to be on the frontline helping those in need

How the course is taught

The course is a mixture of online learning and face-to-face workshops as well as tutorials and placements.

What makes this course unique?

If you have an interest in Mental Health but want a more focused, skill-based degree than Psychology degrees are able to offer then this could be the course for you. Each year you will undertake modules learning about specific disorders as well as learning and practicing the skills required to work with those suffering from poor mental health.

  • Gain professional skills required for entering the workforce
  • Gain 100+ hours of clinical experience Opportunity to carry out a research project in an area of interest

British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy – (BACP)*accreditation currently being sought.

This course is currently subject to approval

We are committed to ensuring that the curriculum, teaching and learning methods and forms of assessment for our courses are up to date, to maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of learning opportunities for students. This course is currently subject to approval which may mean that some changes are made before the course starts in September 2024.

Please note: BSc (Hons) Counselling and Mental Health is currently subject to approval

Unit Breakdown

Year 1


  • Introduction to Research Methods (20)
  • Introduction to Counselling (20)
  • Introduction to Mental Health (20)
  • Developing Coping Skills (20)
  • Evidence based Practice (20)
  • Introduction to Ethics and Professional Practice (20)
Year 2


  • Research Methods (20)
  • Promoting Health and Wellbeing (20)
  • Developing Professional Practice (20)
  • Cultures and Contexts (20)
  • Further Exploration of Mental Health (20)
  • Counselling Theory and Practice (20)
Year 3


  • Dissertation (40)
  • Consulting and Private Practice (20)
  • Issues in the Consulting Room (20)
  • Mental Health Through the Life Span (20)
  • Positive Psychology (20)


Course Leader

Dr Zöe Wimshurst

BSc MSc PhD CPsychol – Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Zöe is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She is a Chartered Psychologist specialising in visual performance in elite athletes – and area in which she has been working for over a decade.

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Entry Requirements

What grades do I need?

What qualifications do I need?


BBB or above. Unfortunately, General Studies will not be considered.

BTEC Extended Diploma 

Distinction Merit Merit or above in a relevant Extended Diploma for example; Psychology, and Counselling.

Access to HE Diploma

A total of 120 UCAS points in a relevant Access to HE Diploma; for example, Psychology

International Baccalaureate

Overall grade of 32 points or higher to include either psychology or counselling at Higher Level.

International Students

International Students

If your qualification is not listed here, please take a look at our international entry requirements page or get in touch with our admissions team on the form below.

Please note, to be accepted onto this course; you will also need to demonstrate that you meet the minimum standards of English. For further information on English language requirements, please see the dedicated English language requirements page.

More information on permission to study in the UK, can be found on our Visas and Immigration page.


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Course Fees

Tuition Fees

UK/ROI/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year
International – £16,560 per year

Please note: These fees are for the 2024-25 academic year only and may be subject to increase in subsequent years of study. Any increase will be in line with our Tuition Fees Policy but will not be more than 5%.

Additional course costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your course. There are additional course related costs are not included in the tuition fees. So you will need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

For more information see Additional Costs page.

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