You will take 5 core modules plus one optional module. Optional modules will be offered subject to cohort size and you may choose to take a module which relates to your overall degree choice.
Optional module choices are made in the second semester and become the last module taken.
However, you are not locked into the choice of overall course but may choose to change pathways at the end of the Foundation Year (Year 0). Alternatively, you may choose to take a Certificate of Completion and apply to another degree course, subject to entry criteria.
- Introduction to Education
- Applied Literacy, Numeracy and Science Skills for Education
- Communication and Academic Skills for Higher Education
- Personal and Career Development
- Introduction to Human development through the Lifespan
Introduction to counselling, coaching and mentoring
The aim of this module is to develop a critical understanding of the terms/features of the activities described as counselling, coaching and mentoring. This module explores each activity and identifies its purpose, aim and functions and considers a range of contexts in which each activity might operate.
This module introduces you to the theory and practice underpinning reflective and reflexive practice, enabling the evaluation of learning and skills development.
Models of coaching and mentoring
This module will enable you to define coaching and mentoring through consideration of the similarities and differences.
Introduction to counselling theory and approaches (1)
Building on the broad introduction to counselling, coaching and mentoring in the first module, the aim of this module is to introduce key counselling theories and approaches.
Working with diversity
This module aims to introduce you to key ideas and concepts around diversity issues. The module focuses on the ways in which diversity has relevance to current practice in counselling, coaching and mentoring.
Counselling and interpersonal skills (1)
This module will enable you to move from theory to practice, by developing a critical understanding of a range of key counselling skills and processes and applying these in practice.
Ethics and values
This module aims to explore the ethical dimensions of working in the roles of counsellor, coach and mentor. Reflecting on your own values and understanding of ethical issues, you will consider professional boundaries, including issues relating to the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
Counselling theory and approaches (2)
The aim of the module is to develop a critical understanding of a range of key counselling theories and approaches. It builds on the introduction to counselling theory and approaches module undertaken at Level 4 by critically examining the principles and features of Transactional Analysis, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).
Coaching and mentoring in context
This module will build on work completed at Level 4 to provide you with an opportunity to explore the different contexts in which coaching and mentoring take place, and to consider whether coaching or mentoring is likely to be appropriate.
Counselling and interpersonal skills (2)
The aim of this module is to build on and develop the introduction to counselling and interpersonal skills undertaken at Level 4. The module continues to develop a critical understanding of a range of advanced counselling skills, techniques and strategies and apply these in practice within an integrative counselling approach.
Exploring Professional Context
This module will provide you with an opportunity to explore the different contexts in which counselling, coaching and mentoring take place, and to consider in which circumstances any or all of these skills might be appropriate.
Reflective personal development
This module will enable you to continue to learn and apply theories of critical reflection, and to continue to evaluate your learning and development through the programme. In particular, the module will enable you to reflect further on your workplace experience and its relationship with your emerging career development.
This module provides an opportunity to evaluate the processes involved in the management of change at the personal, organisational level and students will be able to apply ideas around change management to the fields of counselling, coaching and mentoring.
Working with clients in groups
The aim of the module is to develop a critical understanding of the therapeutic and learning capacity of group work. The role of group work in the helping professions will be established whilst key concepts relating to group work will be examined.
Evaluation and research methods
The aim of this module is to introduce critical appraisals of research activity in relation to notions of ‘truth’ and epistemology. This will include a consideration of broad methodological issues and particular data / evidence gathering instruments.
Independent study (40 credits) and reflection on learning (20 credits)
The Independent Study is intended to enable you to research an aspect of counselling, coaching or mentoring, and to focus upon pertinent issues and areas of professional and academic interest. Furthermore, the reflection on learning will enable you to evaluate your learning and development during the programme. Theories of critical reflective practice will be applied to the field of counselling, coaching and mentoring. In particular, the module will ask you to question and challenge your assumptions in the context of your personal values.