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Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring BA (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:


Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years part-time
4 years sandwich
5 years part-time
6 years part-time


Coventry University


September 2018



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Modern life is more stressful than it’s ever been. Counselling degrees can train you to advise those struggling to navigate through it.

If you are interested in helping and enabling young people or adults to take control, develop, grow and move forwards in life, then this exciting new course may suit you. 

Building on our provision of high quality postgraduate career guidance programmes, our new undergraduate degree provides a practice-based course focusing on the broader remit of the ‘helping professions’. It will help prepare you for a bespoke career in counselling, coaching or mentoring, opening up a huge variety of professional roles within settings such as health and social care, education, training, human resources or management. 

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Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

Our staff enjoy links with both the International Coaching Federation and British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), which we encourage you to apply for registration as a student member in order to benefit from training and networking opportunities the professional body facilitates. As the course matures, we hope to be able to gain accreditation. Additional costs may apply. Please check with the membership body for details.

Our Facilities

Hospital Wards

Hospital Wards

We have two fully-equipped mock hospital wards, each containing 4 beds. The wards are built to NHS standards and contain moveable beds, first aid equipment and patient monitoring tools.


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Our facilities include a mock ambulance, which students can use as part of their studies, to help simulate the patient journey. This gives students the opportunity to learn in situations that mirror real life scenarios.


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Strength and Conditioning Suite

Our multi-purpose strength and conditioning suite is equipped with multiple Olympic liftiing platforms, a 20m gait analysis track, an anti-gravity treadmill and even a 3D motion capture system!

Course information

The theory and practice of counselling, coaching and mentoring in a contemporary context is central to our curriculum: through its purpose, aims, benefits to society and individuals, and its varied delivery methods.

By the end of the course, you should be equipped with the confidence, knowledge, practical skills and techniques to run person-centred counselling, coaching and mentoring sessions with clients and evaluate them appropriately.



In your first year, we introduce students to the psychological theories underpinning practice and explore the ‘helping relationship’. We aim to familiarise you with various counselling, coaching and mentoring models, such as Systemic, GROW and CLEAR, together with developmental models like presence and resilience. You will also be taught core knowledge of a variety of different techniques – from solution-focused treatment to positive psychology coaching and transactional analysis.


  • Introduction to Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring

  • Introduction to Psychological Perspectives

  • Academic and Reflective skills for Professional Practice

  • Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring: Models and Approaches

  • Professional Development and Communities of Practice

  • Interpersonal and Communication skills


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.


You will undertake two work placements in your second and third year to develop your experience in practice settings, in which you will be expected to manage a client case load as you would in a professional career. As a result of our postgraduate provision, the School already has links with a wide range of organisations, including schools, colleges, HEIs and adult guidance settings, as well as community organisations that offer career and employment coaching.


  • Professional Experience 1

  • Communities of Practice: International Dimensions

  • Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring for Education, Employment and Training

  • Research Methods

  • Social Context of Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.


After your second year, you have the opportunity to spend a year studying abroad or undertaking a longer professional placement to further enhance your employability.


  • Professional placement

  • Study abroad


In your final year of study, we will look at how technology can be incorporated to enhance advice and guidance, for example, using websites, blogs and apps.

You will also undertake a research project under supervision. The choice of topic is the decision of each student and may lie in a particular passion or be linked to your career aspirations. As an example of similar research projects, one of our postgraduate students chose to assess the effectiveness of career learning programmes in schools, while another considered the impact of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) on working with disadvantaged young people.


  • Professional Experience 2

  • Independent Research Project

  • Technology Enhanced Practice

  • Communities of Practice: Career Planning and Entrepreneurship


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.


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In more detail...

  • Access to our well-resourced, state-of-the-art online learning environment, which has been praised by students, external examiners and the Career Development Institute (CDI).
  • Course content focuses on developing values of client-centred care, reflection, ethical practice, shared learning and continuing professional development promoted by health professionals throughout the world.
  • Opportunity to gain insight from staff and students involved in our degrees and research centres in psychology, mental health, career coaching, childhood and youth studies, social work, leadership and management.
  • This is a new undergraduate course, however we have a strong track record of graduate employability for our postgraduate courses – 93% of our PgDip/MA in Careers Guidance graduates were in work or further study after six months (DLHE 2014/15).

Substantial and varied placement opportunities will be available within education, mental health, the voluntary sector, allied health, recruitment, human resources and many more.

Our main study themes are:

  • Counselling, coaching and mentoring: Aims to raise awareness of the ethical frameworks and competencies of each practice area, exploring the similarities and differences between them. We will look at the nature of the relationship between clients and practitioners and how to put the client at the centre of practice, both crucial to developing positive interventions with the people we work with. We will explore the use of contracting, assessing, planning and goal setting and a number of different approaches which can be employed, such as person centred counselling, Gestalt coaching, dyadic and peer mentoring. You will learn methods to evaluate interventions.

  • Psychological perspectives: Introduces a range of psychological perspectives that provide a foundation for contemporary practice within context of counselling, coaching and mentoring. This will help to understand cognitive, social and biological perspectives in psychology in relation to individual and group behaviours and the impact of life events. We will also explore the development of self and social understanding, building healthy relationships, understanding psychological and emotional resilience, ethical and cross cultural issues.

  • Education, employment and training: Students will look at the major shifts in education, employment and training, both nationally and internationally, analysing the implications of things like globalisation and performance targets for the provision of counselling, coaching and mentoring in schools, colleges, universities, community settings and work organisations. We will cover the major legislative developments that have affected the planning and the provision of education and training, together with examples of new and innovative practice, including the use of information technology.

  • Social contexts: Develops understanding of diversity and difference within the social context of practice to enable you to promote wellbeing and resilience to best effect within increasingly diverse communities. We will examine the shifting demographics and societal demands for flexible services within commissioning patterns in education, employment and training, as well as changing societal expectations of ‘helping services’.

This course can be studied full-time and part-time over four or six years.

We adopt a problem-based approach to our learning, so you will be given real-life case studies and scenarios drawn from current practice, applying your learning of the policy, practice and theories underpinning counselling, coaching, mentoring, equality and diversity, partnership working and research based practice. For example, we consider examples in education, mental health, the voluntary sector, allied health, recruitment, human resources, management, counselling, coaching and mentoring private practice.

Ensuring the programme incorporates up-to-date developments and the latest challenges facing both providers and service users, we hope to invite a range of expert guest speakers from our industry networks. The University also hosts the annual student conference of the Career Development Institute (CDI), which provides an opportunity to learn about the related field of careers guidance and some transferrable techniques.

Where possible, coursework will use applied tasks that mimic skills needed in jobs, to help ensure you are attractive to future employers. For instance, you will practice counselling skills at University so that you can apply these in different contexts such as management or care. Furthermore, you will be introduced to models of mentoring in order to help someone develop professionally in the workplace.

Teaching methods include:
lectures, seminars, group work, student presentations and professional work experience.

The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes and your final feedback will refer to each outcome, as well as providing an overall percentage grade. 

A broad range of assessment techniques is used to enable you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills in a variety of ways: practical and written assessments, presentations, e-portfolios, and online forums.  

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Coursework, tests, essays: 55%
  • Practical or project work: 20%
  • Group work: 10%
  • Presentations and posters: 10%
  • Formal examinations: 5%

55% assessed by coursework, tests, essays

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: the theories that may account for career choice and development; models of career guidance interventions, such as interview models, career learning approaches and the research, design and use of labour market information; the political, social, economic and technological contexts that shape and inform career guidance provision, including relevant policies and legislation; and relevant codes of ethical practice that inform and underpin career guidance practice.
  • Critically evaluate the links between career guidance theories and models, and professional practice.
  • Critically explore the ways career guidance providers respond to relevant policies, legislation and other stakeholder influences.
  • Critically review current sources of labour market information and their implications for career guidance provision.
  • Conduct career guidance interviews based on a comprehensive understanding of relevant interview models.
  • Plan, design and deliver career learning programmes and sessions, also based on an in-depth insight into relevant theories of learning and models of delivery.
  • Use labour market data effectively with clients in ways that reflect detailed knowledge of and critical insights into the complex variety of information sources.
  • Operate effectively in a range of complex organisational contexts.

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 10 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour of tutorial (or, later, individual project supervision) every 2 weeks.
  • Large/medium group teaching: 9 hours of lecturers, workshops or seminars every week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 10-15 hours of self-directed study e.g. studying and revising in your own time and on average 10-15 hours per week on placement in semesters one of the second and final year.

Our Faculty attracts students from all over the world to provide a multicultural learning experience. During your second year, the ‘Communities of Practice: International Dimensions’ module specifically addresses counselling, coaching and mentoring from a global perspective, looking at international competencies within the profession. In order to develop your own intercultural communication competence, you will  have the opportunity to identify and subsequently engage with an online international partner, individual or organisation to share their community of practice.

Following your second year, students have the opportunity to take an enhancement year, studying or undertaking a placement abroad; we have links with Stenden University and Malta University. We are also developing exciting opportunities for online collaboration with overseas institutions, mainly through the virtual classroom,  to connect with students in partner universities in Europe, particularly Holland to jointly work on problem-based learning assignments. 

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16


and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.



September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.



September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!



September 2018

£12,600 (per year)


For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

As well as covering UK field trips, key materials and laser print, the fees for this course also include:

  • Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate (formally CRB Disclosure) for those undertaking placements with children.

The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional visits and field trips.

Career prospects

Our degree is designed to help students develop a wide range of skills that will be attractive to many different types of employers.

Enhancement of your employability skills is embedded throughout. This includes multiple opportunities for hands-on work experience, as well as the provision of core skills that are essential to the practice of counselling, coaching and mentoring, such as interpersonal skills, intervention development and reflective practice.

As well as supporting students in finding placements, our designated Employability Unit will help you to search for suitable job opportunities when you are ready. You will also be provided with a plethora of information relating to of counselling, coaching and mentoring professions by contacts within our professional networks.

The course could lead to future employment as a coach, counsellor or mentor in a multitude of professional settings, including education, human resource departments, social care and other health-related roles. Alternatively, you could pursue further studies in order to become an accredited member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.


By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will contain the obligations that the University will owe to you. We encourage you to read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University. A copy of the 18/19 Contract can be found here.