BSc (Hons)

Counselling and Mental Health

Teaching & Learning

Engage in a wide range of theories within psychology, mental health, counselling, child development and psychotherapy, in order to gain employment in the field of counselling of contemporary mental health practice. You will gain the theoretical and practical expertise to build effective therapeutic relationships with clients in order to bring about positive change in them. The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload is indicative and may be subject to change.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic we are currently unable to advise on the mode of teaching for September 2021, however we will keep you updated and provide more information as soon as we can. We continue to follow government guidance and your teaching and learning will reflect the restrictions in place at the time of delivery. We currently anticipate that you may experience a blended approach – this is a mix of face-to-face, on campus and online teaching and learning. You can keep up to date with teaching and learning at Leeds Beckett via our Covid-19 website. Updated course specifications will be available in August 2021. In the meantime, our existing course specifications are available.

What you'll learn

Transition into higher education by developing the academic and professional skills necessary to successfully complete the course and become competent practitioners in a social care setting. You will be introduced to a range of skills which include: study skills, reflection, communication, working to deadlines, management of self and independent learning.
Study current thinking in mental health. You will explore concepts of health and illness as they relate to mental health and describe how services are designed and delivered in current mental health practice.
This module introduces students to the psychological theories and frameworks that have formed the basis for practical interventions within the fields of counselling and mental health. Students learn about a range of key theories and frameworks from the discipline of psychology and how these theories and frameworks have informed practice.
Develop an understanding of the qualities and skills needed for effective communication and engagement skills for practice. You will explore key aspects of verbal and non-verbal communication and relate them to established therapeutic techniques and communication skills theory.
Get equipped with counselling skills and contemporary approaches to counselling. You will apply some of the basic concepts of non-directive counselling to your practice in class.
Gain expertise concerning physical, psychological and psychosocial development across the human life course, in a political, cultural, economic and environmental context.
Transition into higher education by developing the academic and professional skills necessary to successfully complete the course and become competent practitioners in a social care setting. You will be introduced to a range of skills which include: study skills, reflection, communication, working to deadlines, management of self and independent learning.
Study current thinking in mental health. You will explore concepts of health and illness as they relate to mental health and describe how services are designed and delivered in current mental health practice.
This module introduces students to the psychological theories and frameworks that have formed the basis for practical interventions within the fields of counselling and mental health. Students learn about a range of key theories and frameworks from the discipline of psychology and how these theories and frameworks have informed practice.
Develop an understanding of the qualities and skills needed for effective communication and engagement skills for practice. You will explore key aspects of verbal and non-verbal communication and relate them to established therapeutic techniques and communication skills theory.
Get equipped with counselling skills and contemporary approaches to counselling. You will apply some of the basic concepts of non-directive counselling to your practice in class.
Gain expertise concerning physical, psychological and psychosocial development across the human life course, in a political, cultural, economic and environmental context.

What you'll learn

You will gain more knowledge of the different forces of psychology and of contemporary therapeutic modalities as applied in practice. You will learn more about a range of key theories and frameworks from the discipline of counselling/psychotherapy and how these theories and frameworks have and continue to informed practice.
Build on your intra and interpersonal skills for understanding and working with people experiencing mental health problems. You will study the concepts of mental health, co-production, recovery and person-centred practice as core foundational concepts.
Develop your skills and understanding introduced in the Foundational Counselling Skills module. You will gain more knowledge of the counselling process and further awareness of ethical issues.
Develop a critical understanding of the key theories of coaching and coaching psychology as well as a reflexive understanding of a range of coaching skills in practice.
Develop professionally by looking further at the importance of research in counselling and mental health work. You will learn more about different research methods and gain practical experience of critiquing research articles with tutor guidance..
Gain insights into the theories, methods and techniques employed when working with client(s) who are culturally different. This includes an exploration of religion and spirituality as core elements of some clients? beliefs, world views and practices through life. You will be encouraged to critically appraise various models of transcultural counselling and cross-cultural perspectives in mental health work. This will help you identify different client worldviews which influence their experiences, some of which may bring them to therapy.
You will gain more knowledge of the different forces of psychology and of contemporary therapeutic modalities as applied in practice. You will learn more about a range of key theories and frameworks from the discipline of counselling/psychotherapy and how these theories and frameworks have and continue to informed practice.
Build on your intra and interpersonal skills for understanding and working with people experiencing mental health problems. You will study the concepts of mental health, co-production, recovery and person-centred practice as core foundational concepts.
Develop your skills and understanding introduced in the Foundational Counselling Skills module. You will gain more knowledge of the counselling process and further awareness of ethical issues.
Develop a critical understanding of the key theories of coaching and coaching psychology as well as a reflexive understanding of a range of coaching skills in practice.
Develop professionally by looking further at the importance of research in counselling and mental health work. You will learn more about different research methods and gain practical experience of critiquing research articles with tutor guidance..
Gain insights into the theories, methods and techniques employed when working with client(s) who are culturally different. This includes an exploration of religion and spirituality as core elements of some clients? beliefs, world views and practices through life. You will be encouraged to critically appraise various models of transcultural counselling and cross-cultural perspectives in mental health work. This will help you identify different client worldviews which influence their experiences, some of which may bring them to therapy.

What you'll learn

Get introduced to specific CBT skills and contemporary approaches to CBT. You are encouraged to apply some of the basic CBT concepts their work based learning.
Study quantitative and qualitative counselling research methodology and complete a research project of their own, thereby helping you to develop research skills, to consider ethical issues, to further enhance your critical thinking, to work independently over a sustained period of time and to articulate your understanding and stance of a specialised area of counselling.
Enhances the reflective skill you have developed so far on the course. You are encouraged to critically analyse and evaluate ethical issues in working with diverse clients in organisational contexts as well as reflecting on your own personal strengths and limitations of competence in your professional settings.
Find your practice and experience within the wider context of mental health. You will develop a critical and analytical understanding of and approach to policy, legislation and practice. The module content includes exploration of alternative and challenging perspectives on the understanding of mental health issues and how these relate to working with individuals, families and carers in contemporary mental health practice.
Further develop your understanding and refine your skills to appreciate the use of self in the development of effective therapeutic relationships and consider professional practice implications.
Get introduced to specific CBT skills and contemporary approaches to CBT. You are encouraged to apply some of the basic CBT concepts their work based learning.
Study quantitative and qualitative counselling research methodology and complete a research project of their own, thereby helping you to develop research skills, to consider ethical issues, to further enhance your critical thinking, to work independently over a sustained period of time and to articulate your understanding and stance of a specialised area of counselling.
Enhances the reflective skill you have developed so far on the course. You are encouraged to critically analyse and evaluate ethical issues in working with diverse clients in organisational contexts as well as reflecting on your own personal strengths and limitations of competence in your professional settings.
Find your practice and experience within the wider context of mental health. You will develop a critical and analytical understanding of and approach to policy, legislation and practice. The module content includes exploration of alternative and challenging perspectives on the understanding of mental health issues and how these relate to working with individuals, families and carers in contemporary mental health practice.
Further develop your understanding and refine your skills to appreciate the use of self in the development of effective therapeutic relationships and consider professional practice implications.