Counselling & Therapeutic Studies

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British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) accredited

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You will undertake work placements to give you the confidence and skills ready to graduate

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Our students have access to a range of facilities including art spaces one-to-one rooms


Counselling, Psychotherapy and Occupational Therapy at USW rated top in Wales for student voice - National Student Survey 2023


Listen and Influence Change

Can you listen attentively? Could you give the time, empathy and respect that clients need to express their feelings? If so, a career in the talking therapies could be for you.

Counsellors and psychotherapists are trained practitioners who work with people to help them make positive changes or enhance their wellbeing. We offer a wide range of psychotherapy and counselling courses that are recognised and accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the Health and Care Professions’ Council (HCPC).

You will learn how to facilitate establishing a relationship of trust with your client and how to identify and explore patterns of belief and behaviour in their roles and relationships. 

You will also study the relevance of wider networks such as family, professionals and communities with your clients, and consider their problems in the context of their lives and living.

Top in Wales for student satisfaction in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Occupational Therapy (Complete University Guide 2023)

Work Placements


Work placements will be an integral part of your learning here at USW, allowing you to develop key skills and practitioner experience for your CV. You'll also gain a better understanding of the contexts you'll work in when you graduate.

Impressive Facilities

Counselling Facilities

At USW, we have great facilities for our students. Our counselling and therapeutic arts students can benefit from the art teaching space and a range of equipment to experiment with. Our counselling students also have access to an excellent suite of rooms for one-to-one skills practice as well as specialist resources for online learning.

Career Prospects


Our counselling degree offers a broad range of career pathways. Graduates have found jobs as counsellors in the NHS, school-based counselling services, and voluntary bodies. Our counselling and therapeutic arts graduates have also worked as community artists, outreach officers and workshop facilitators to name a few.

Counselling & Therapeutic Courses

Undergraduate Courses

Postgraduate Courses


Experience South Wales

The places you study and live make a big difference to what you get out of university. It’s important to be somewhere that feels like home, but can also surprise you. South Wales offers rich experiences, with Cardiff at the heart.

With campuses in and around Cardiff, you can experience the diversity that south Wales has to offer – the buzz of the cities, the beauty of the coast, and the calm of the countryside. 

We have five campuses across three locations, but we’re one university. Every campus is open to you and whatever inspires you, you’re always welcome.

Experience South Wales


Explore USW

Join us at an open day or live event and discover the opportunities waiting for you at the University of South Wales. 

You'll have the chance to explore our campuses at Cardiff, Newport or Pontypridd, meet academic staff and current students, learn about life at USW and student money, and take part in interactive activities related to your course.  For those who can't attend an on-campus event, we run online and on-demand events. There's plenty of ways to discover what USW is all about.

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Put theory into practice

A course at USW is more than just a degree. We create graduates who are prepared for tomorrow. People who are ready to build their careers and have the mindset to succeed through a degree that is 100% focused on what employers need in the future.

From projects based on working practices to time in the workplace through internships and placements, we’ll help you to build job-ready skills and gain relevant experience for your career. We also offer practical help with completing job applications and practising interview techniques. Support is available every step of the way.

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