Counselling, Coaching & Mentoring programmes of study

Counselling, coaching and mentoring are ‘talking therapies’. Each involves frameworks that encourage people to discuss their problems, feelings and/or ambitions in a confidential, supportive, and facilitative environment. Students develop knowledge of the major theoretical orientations used in these therapies, and of the research methods underpinning them. Students learn applied skills and reflective abilities necessary for effective practice and engage in experiential and formative learning within our psychology and counselling laboratory.  The School draws upon a network of placement providers and the Counselling & Mental Health Clinic to support work-related experience.  

York St John has been a leading UK provider of counsellor training for 30 years. We currently offer the following Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring programmes:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring
  • Postgraduate Diploma of Counselling
  • Master of Arts in Counselling

Our Undergraduate programme delivers the core knowledge underpinning the principles of counselling, coaching and mentoring. Students develop an ability to think critically about theory and application, and reflective practice is encouraged. Each year, students undertake 40 hours of work-based placement which develops applied skills. The programme equips graduates with the basic theoretical knowledge and practical skills required for advanced level studies.

Graduates develop skills and attributes that are highly sought by employers, including:

  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Personal values, cultural awareness, and ethics
  • Teamwork, leadership, planning, and organisation skills
  • Critical and creative thinking skills
  • Research skills

The Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling is a two-year part-time programme for students with prior counselling experience. In year one, the programme draws upon humanistic theory and practice, and students learn advanced techniques designed to develop the therapeutic relationship. In year two, alternative therapeutic models are introduced. Across the programme, students undertake a minimum of 150 hours of supervised counselling practice in community settings. They are encouraged to develop an integrative style of therapeutic work, based on the core humanistic competencies.

Students wishing to undertake the Master of Arts in Counselling must complete successfully the requirements of the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and undertake a research project that investigates a counselling related topic. The research project is completed on a part-time basis over 12-months and includes coursework and supervision.

The Master of Arts/Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling provides BACP accredited core professional training for those wishing to enter the counselling profession.

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Counselling Coaching and Mentoring

  • The programme introduces students to the theoretical approaches encompassed by counselling, coaching and mentoring.
  • This programme develops professional skills by incorporating 120 hours of placement activity across the three years of study.

Postgraduate Diploma of Counselling

  • The programme provides a comprehensive education in the humanistic foundations of counselling.
  • Students undertake a minimum of 150 hours of supervised practice and develop advanced counselling skills based on a personalised integrative
  • This programme meets the BACP accredited core professional training requirements.

Master of Arts in Counselling

  • This 12 month, part-time programme is open to graduates of the postgraduate Diploma of Counselling, or equivalent.
  • Students complete an individual research project on a counselling related topic.
  • This programme meets the BACP accredited core professional training requirements.


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