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Ulster University

Therapeutic Communication and Counselling Studies

UCAS Code: P9B4

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C-B,B,C

Applicants can satisfy the requirement for an A-Level Grade C by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications recognised by the University.

Pass Access Course (120 credits) with an overall mark of 65%.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Profile to include CGSE English Language grade C or above (or equivalent).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24-25

To include a minimum 12 at higher level.

Irish Leaving Certificate - Higher Level

H3,H3,H3,H4,H4-H3,H3,H3,H3,H4


English Grade H6 (Higher Level) or above, or Grade O4 (Ordinary Level) or above, if not sitting at Higher Level, is required.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DMM

To include a minimum of 7 distinctions if the asking grades are set at BCC equivalent, or a minimum of 8 distinctions if they are set at BBC equivalent.

Scottish Advanced Higher

C,D,D-C,C,D

Scottish Higher

C,C,C,C,C-B,B,C,C,C

UCAS Tariff

104-117

We’ve calculated how many Ucas points you’ll need for this course.

84%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subjects

Counselling

Psychology

Important notice – campus change
This course will move to the Belfast campus. Students will change campus part way through this course.

This is an innovative course which has been designed to meet the needs of students who wish to undertake the study of communication with a specific focus on its application within therapeutic and helping contexts.

This creative programme is for people who are interested in:

Learning more about themselves and other people
Developing their understanding of the areas of human growth and development; personal development; mental health and well-being
Studying how we communicate as individuals and as groups
Developing relationship building skills
Gaining an understanding the complex nature of counselling as a professional activity and the contexts in which it occurs
Acquiring a knowledge of therapeutic orientations and the philosophies and ethics which underpin them
Gaining knowledge of the skills practised within counselling
Developing their ability to undertake research projects
Visit the School of Communication homepage: http://www.socsci.ulster.ac.uk./comms/

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,000
for the whole course
EU
£4,160
for the whole course
International
£13,240
for the whole course
Northern Ireland
£4,160
for the whole course
Scotland
£9,000
for the whole course
Wales
£9,000
for the whole course

The Uni


Course location:

Jordanstown

Department:

Jordanstown Campus

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

79%
med
Counselling
80%
med
Psychology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Others in subjects allied to medicine

Teaching and learning

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
80%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
89%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

85%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
65%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
21%
Male students
79%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
A
349

Psychology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
63%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

81%
Library resources
81%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
79%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
18%
Male students
82%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B
316

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Subjects allied to medicine not otherwise specified

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
low
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
63%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Therapy professionals
12%
Natural and social science professionals
10%
Health professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Courses like this are more usually taken at postgraduate level - very few students take one of these degrees as a first degree. There isn't a great deal of reliable information on the employment prospects for these graduates so bear that in mind when you review the stats. Students tend to go on to further study or pursue jobs within the healthcare sector, but it might be a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates from your chosen subject went on to do.

Psychology (non-specific)

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
low
Average annual salary
90%
low
Employed or in further education
82%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

10%
Childcare and related personal services
10%
Other elementary services occupations
3%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

20 years ago, this was a specialist degree for would-be psychologists but now it is the model of a modern, flexible degree subject. One of the UK's fastest-growing subject at degree level, and the second most popular subject overall (it recently overtook business studies), one in 23 of all graduates last year had psychology degrees. As you'd expect with figures like that, jobs in psychology itself are incredibly competitive, so to stand a chance of securing one, you need to get a postgraduate qualification (probably a doctorate in most fields, especially clinical psychology) and some relevant work experience. But even though there are so many psychology graduates — far more than there are jobs in psychology, and over 13,800 in total last year — this degree has a lower unemployment rate than average because its grads are so flexible and well-regarded by business and other industries across the economy. Everywhere there are good jobs in the UK economy, you'll find psychology graduates - and it's hardly surprising as the course helps you gain a mix of good people skills and excellent number and data handling skills. A psychology degree ticks most employers' boxes — but we'd suggest you don't drop your maths modules.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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