Counselling, Coaching & Mentoring BA (Hons)

York St John has a widely acknowledged and enviable reputation for training counsellors, and staff members past and present are widely published in the field of counselling. Many students begin this course interested in becoming counsellors and many of them will go on to do just that. Others will take advantage of the rich opportunities this course offers to engage in a wider variety of possible career paths. This course is right for both groups of students.

UCAS course code
York St John University
Course fees
2017 - 2018: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £10,000 per annum
3 years full-time | 6 years part-time
Start date
September 2017 | September 2018

Course overview

If you are interested in working to support and facilitate the development of others in settings like health and social care, education, training or management, this course will appeal to you. The degree is designed to provide the core knowledge underpinning the principles of effective counselling, coaching and mentoring skills for working with people in a supportive, facilitative or developmental capacity. The course recognises employability is more complex than specific occupational or academic knowledge so you can also expect to develop attributes like interpersonal communication skills, team working skills, self-awareness, assertiveness, self-reliance, entrepreneurial flair, skilful practice and the ability to reflect on experience.

Dr Rob Sanders - Subject Director, Psychology & Counselling

Course structure


The integration of theory, practice, and personal and professional development is central to the degree. The programme is divided into modules which draw on a variety of academic subject areas including relational psychology, social studies, research, ethics and philosophy. There are also modules that develop a range of skills such as communication, problem management and team working. Every year of study includes placement modules which offer students the opportunity to apply their theoretical understanding and developing skills in 40 hours of work-based placements.

Level 1

Modules may include:

  • Skills for Practice introduces the theory and practice of applied listening skills, alongside an introduction to academic skills and reflective practice.
  • Helping in the Community provides an introduction to working in organisations and placement practice and includes 40 hours of work-based placement.
  • Humanistic Foundations of Counselling Coaching and Mentoring introduces the theory and principles of humanistic philosophy in counselling, coaching and mentoring
  • Interpersonal Skills explores the theory and practice of interpersonal communication skills

Level 2

Modules may include:

  • Models of Coaching and Mentoring develops the theory of professional models of coaching and mentoring practice.
  • Coaching and Mentoring Skills in Practice continues to develop core coaching and mentoring skills
  • Counselling Approaches introduces key approaches to counselling
  • Working in a Social Context explores the impact of diversity on working relationships within counselling, coaching and mentoring.
  • Research Methods introduces students to research methodologies utilised in pursuing ethical research.
  • Working in Organisations and Groups develops theory and concepts relevant to coaching and mentoring activity within organisational and group settings which is applied in 40 hours of placement setting

Level 3

Modules may include:

  • Professional and Personal Development enables students to make a successful transition to graduate level work or postgraduate study by identifying and evaluating potential career pathways based on critical reflection
  • Ethical and Reflective Practice at Work enables students to explore theories of professional ethics and supervision and to develop their counselling, coaching and/or mentoring skills applied in 40 hours of placement setting
  • Psychology of Relationship critically examines the concept of ‘relationship’ in the context of the development of the self, self in relationship, self in society, and the dynamics of working relationships.
  • Dissertation offers students the opportunity to explore an area of personal interest in greater depth or carry out a piece of research.

Teaching & Assessment

The taught sessions are delivered in experiential workshop style using principles of ‘action learning’ as a tool to engage students in identifying their own learning, current opportunities and future development. Teaching and learning includes tutor facilitated presentations, student presentations, student facilitated seminars, practice workshops, small group work and individual tutorials. Alongside these it utilises Supported Open Learning, the Virtual Learning Environment and independent learning. The experiential learning environment will continue to foster self-questioning reflective practice. At level two students are required to engage with more complex theoretical concepts and develop more sustained and reasoned evidence based arguments. This is aligned with the principle of progressively distributed contact time across the levels. As students progress through the levels an increasing independence is expected. Face to face teaching contact reduces and students are facilitated in developing peer mentoring as a means of adapting to the expectations of self-supported learning.

The assessment strategies include the use of both summative and formative assessment. Feedback for formative assessments will be in a variety of forms including tutor driven feedback, self-evaluation and peer-evaluation. It is considered peer and selfassessment against set criteria in a supportive environment is a powerful tool for establishing self-regulated behaviour and learning.

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.

Entry requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96-112 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English Language

For 2017 entry UCAS has altered how its tariff points are calculated. Calculate your tariff points.

Personal statement

Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for evidence of effective communication skills and being able to manage yourself in a supportive helping role. This can be done in a variety of ways, for example, experience of helping in roles at work, home or school and college. We also look for an ability to engage and interact with others, a willingness to be able to present yourself in an open and honest manner and resourcefulness in overcoming any personal problems or issues, for example, organising extra tuition for exams or being able to study around a part time job.

Valued criteria

Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include:

  • Demonstrating an ability to write self reflectively and describe one’s own subjective experiences and feelings
  • Undertaking related work experience or shadowing
  • Showing a willingness to listen to and engage with others, e.g. by taking part in group work
  • Membership of school teams or clubs
  • Involvement in group projects such as drama productions

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Tuition fees for 2018 / 19 entry have not yet been confirmed.

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2017 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Fees & Funding

Overseas 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2017 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £10,000 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

International Fees & Funding

International students

We welcome international students from all over the world at York St John University and have a vibrant international community. You can find out more on our International Pages about how you can study with us and what it’s like to live and learn in York, one of the UK’s most historic cities.

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