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BSc (Hons) Counselling and Mental Health

The BSc (Hons) Counselling and Mental Health course provides 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.

Course overview

Become qualified in the field of counselling and mental health.

This vocational BSc (Hons) Counselling and Mental Health course 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 to gain professional accreditation in counselling. 

Our curriculum has been built so that you will learn about mental health conditions as well as learn practical counselling skills that you will put into practice during your placement opportunities throughout the course. 

You will gain professional skills that are required for entering the workforce that are embedded throughout the course to keep you up to date with the appropriate knowledge and information.  

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

Career Prospects

Take the first steps towards becoming accredited with either the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society and/or the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

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

Key Information

Course title:
BSc (Hons) Counselling and Mental Health
UCAS Code:
C814
Qualification:
BSc (Hons)
Duration:
3 years (September Entry)
Study mode:
Full-time
Typical offer:
BBB or above
AECC University College

Course leader

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Dr. Zöe Wimshurst

BSc MSc PhD CPsychol – Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Zöe is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology within the School of Psychology, Sport and Physical Activity. 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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Course details

Course location

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Parkwood Campus

What will you learn on the course

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.

How the course is taught

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

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


Entry Requirements

What qualifications do I need?

A-levels

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

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 for 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 here; Visas and Immigration


Course Fees

Tuition Fees 2024

UK/ROI/Channel Islands: £9250 per annum

International - £16,560 per year

Please note that 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

Students may wish to purchase their own copies of some recommended textbooks. Books are estimated to cost between £50 and £200. Students may also wish to purchase AECC University College-branded items of clothing. This clothing will cost approximately £50 to £75.

Visit our student finance pages for more information on:

Additional Costs

Fees and Payment

Scholarships and Bursaries

Student Finance Resources 

Note: For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at the provider registered with the Office for Students (Ofs). AECC University College is registered with the OfS. You can view the register here and search for AECC University College. 


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