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What can I do with a Counselling and Mental Health degree?

What can I do with a Counselling and Mental Health degree?

The BSc Counselling & Mental Health degree at Leeds Beckett allows you to study a practical and relevant subject whilst gaining a broad range of personal and professional employability skills.
What career or future study options are open to me?

This course provides students with the opportunity to engage in and explore theories and practice relating to mental health, psychology, counselling and psychotherapy. Graduates leave equipped with advanced interpersonal and relational skills to be immediately employable, leaving you well placed for roles in any contemporary workplace which require a breadth and depth of knowledge around mental health, well-being, relational and interpersonal skills.

As the course has counselling and mental health as its focus, it meets demand from prospective employers or occupations in which human relations are important such as counselling, psychotherapy, teaching, care work, nursing, police work or other areas of employment in health and social care.

This course provides a platform for professional or postgraduate study in a range of professions whether a Leeds Beckett or elsewhere including our Postgraduate Diploma Counselling and Psychotherapy, MA Art Psychotherapy Practice, MA Youth Work & Community Development, MA Social Work or MSc Occupational Therapy.

What valuable skills will I develop?

Graduates are highly valued by employers across the public, private or not-for-profit sectors for the range of skills developed during their degree study. Some of the skills you will gain are:

Written and verbal communication – through writing essays or reports, creating and delivering presentations and leading/contributing to group discussion, providing and receiving peer feedback in skills sessions.

Interpersonal competence – intense face-to-face skills training using state of the art recording facilities in coaching, counselling and cognitive behavioural therapies.

Critical thinking - through interactive group work in seminars, reflective report writing and experience of applying interventions in different contexts.

Team work – through working co-operatively in skills groups, contributing to peer learning activities and coaching your peers.

Organisation and planning – planning group work, research studies and your own workload.

Will I gain any practical experience on the course?

Skills: You will take part in practical skills development in our Communications Skills Suite where you can digitally film and record your group work practice.  You can practice counselling and interpersonal skills, coaching skills and cognitive behavioural skills which aim to develop self-awareness. 

Experience: In the final year we will enable you to gain 150 hours of work related learning through volunteering with a relevant organisation.  After completion, you will provide a personal skills audit and a reflection to highlight real life situations where you have used your skills, which can then be added to your CV or used as examples at interviews.

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