Counselling, Coaching & Mentoring BA (Hons)

Counselling, Coaching & Mentoring BA (Hons) introduces students to the theory and practice of these three dynamic helping activities. This programme develops professional skills by including placement activity in every year of study.

UCAS course code
York St John University
Course fees
2018 - 2019: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £12,500 per annum
3 years full-time
Start date
September 2018

Course overview

This is an innovative programme for students who want to work with other people in a helping setting.  You might have a very clear idea of what you want to do, or you might just be generally interested in helping people to meet life’s challenges and fulfil their potential.  Either way, the programme gives you the knowledge, interpersonal skills and practical experience you’ll need to pursue your career aims after university.  It builds your self-awareness and confidence, and equips you with key employability skills such as resourcefulness, team work and critical thinking. 

In each year of the programme you will have the chance to apply the knowledge and skills learnt on the course in a placement setting.  This real-world experience enables you to develop an attractive CV and to build the professional networks which will help your career development after graduation.  The programme also provides a firm foundation for postgraduate training in professional disciplines such as counselling, social work, education, human resources, staff development and mental health.

On successful completion of Level 5, students will be eligible for the CMI Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring. On successful completion of Level 6, students may be eligible to exit with either the CMI Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management or the equivalent of a Certificate in Counselling Skills*.

*Subject to final approval

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

Compulsory modules

  • 1CS090 – Skills for Practice (40 credits)
  • 1CS091 – Helping in the Community1 (40 credits)
  • 1CS093 – Humanistic Foundations of Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring (20 credits)
  • 1CS092 – Interpersonal Skills (20 credits)

Level 2

Compulsory modules

  • 2CS147 – Social and Organisational Contexts of Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring (40 credits)
  • 2CS148 – Theory and Practice of Coaching and Mentoring (40 credits)
  • 2CS143 – Counselling Approaches (20 credits)
  • 2CS144 – Research Methods (20 credits)

Level 3

Compulsory modules

  • 3CS100 – Ethical and Reflective Practice at Work3 (30 credits)
  • 3CS101 – Professional and Personal Development (20 credits)
  • 3CS102 – Psychology of Relationship (40 credits)
  • 3CS103 – Dissertation (30 credits)

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

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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.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website.

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 2018 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 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,500 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

International Fees & Funding

Additional costs and financial support

Course-related costs

Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment, stationery and books. We provide an excellent range of ebooks and access to online journals, allowing students to access information for coursework and assignments.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation webpages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Placement costs

Students undertaking placement modules may incur additional costs. Most students secure placements locally, minimising travel costs. Some placement providers may also support students with travel costs.

Financial help and support

Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

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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