Build an impressive portfolio of skills and keep your career options open by choosing to study Counselling and Psychotherapy with another subject as part of our Joint Honours scheme.
- Build a broad and detailed knowledge of latest theories and their applications within contemporary counselling and psychotherapy
- Prepare for a wide variety of careers in people-focused occupations in fields such as health, social care, education and business
- Gain a solid platform for further postgraduate study so that you can qualify to practise as a professional counsellor or psychotherapist
- Gain essential practical experience whilst on placement
- Learn from a team who are specialists in their therapeutic fields and whose research is shaping the future of the counselling profession
- Enrich your learning by drawing on our strong partnerships with employers and professional bodies.
You could also consider studying Counselling and Psychotherapy Principles and Practices as a single honours subject.
Skills in counselling and psychotherapy are invaluable in many walks of life. And, by combining two subjects you feel passionate about, your degree can open doors to an even wider range of career opportunities.
Explore latest therapies and thinking
This course represents an excellent introduction to counselling and psychotherapy. It will develop you academically, professionally and personally, equipping you with essential life skills alongside a strong foundation of theoretical knowledge.
You'll become familiar with a number of different psychological therapies that can be applied in a wide variety of contexts and situations. We focus on both interpersonal and intrapersonal development, with an emphasis on nurturing your skills as a reflective practitioner.
The skills you gain will stand you in good stead for careers within fields such as health, social care, education and human resource management.
At the forefront of new developments
The world of counselling and psychotherapy is constantly changing. Our course has been designed to reflect the demands of life and work in the 21st century as well as the many career opportunities emerging in this field.
With the issue of mental health rising on the political agenda and high-profile campaigns tackling the stigma surrounding mental health problems, now is an excellent time to study this subject.
There is, for instance, a focus on counselling for children and young people, with the NSPCC's Childline service reporting a 35% increase in the number of calls from individuals seeking help for anxiety in 2015-16. At the same time, the Department for Education has highlighted the need for counselling provision in every school.
In addition, new initiatives are being launched to support mental health in the workplace. Latest guidance from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence urges employers to adopt an organisation-wide approach to promoting the mental wellbeing of all employees.
Valuable practical insights
We give you the opportunity to take part in insight visits which will shed light on how relevant organisations across the health, social care and educational sectors operate.
You may find yourself shadowing a health care worker, sitting in a support group, participating in different wellbeing groups such as meditation, mindfulness or art therapy, or undertaking personal therapy to gain new perspectives on how the theories work in practice.
You will also gain essential practical experience whilst on placement.
Expertise and inspiration
You'll be motivated, challenged and supported by our teaching team. All are specialists within their therapeutic fields, so will keep you up to date with the latest thinking and practice.
They include influential researchers, published authors and leading practitioners who have active roles on the key professional bodies.
Thanks to our strong network of contacts, the course also features guest lectures by influential figures from the profession.
Inter-professional learning in action
Successful counselling and psychotherapy professionals have to be prepared to work in multi-agency teams. You will therefore have various opportunities to learn with, and from, students from other disciplines through our Inter-Professional Learning agenda. This is important in preparing you to work alongside other professionals after graduation.
An exceptional setting for your learning
You'll benefit from an inspirational learning environment at our Kedleston Road site in Derby. It boasts some of the best resources for health and social care learning that you'll find in any university, including a clinical skills suite, immersive simulation room, domestic living suite and a community care living space. The clinical skills suite includes five consultation rooms dedicated to counselling, along with group behavioural observation rooms.
Joint Honours combinations
Because Joint Honours gives you the flexibility to cover two subjects in one degree, you will be able to demonstrate to potential employers that you are versatile and adaptable, with strong organisational skills.
You can choose to study Counselling and Psychotherapy Principles and Practices as a major or joint pathway. This enables you to find the ideal study balance with a complementary subject. Joint Honours subject combinations which might work particularly well include: