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.
Attending an open day, whether online or on-campus, is the ideal way to learn more about our Counselling and Therapeutic Studies courses and get a feel of what it's like to study at the University of South Wales.
Speak to the lecturers and expert staff who teach the courses, take tours of our campuses and facilities, view accommodation, speak to our advice team about placement and career opportunities and discuss finances. Plus, speak to current students and hear about their experiences first hand.
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.
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.
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.
With campuses in Pontypridd, Cardiff and Newport, you can enjoy all that South Wales has to offer – city life, night life and culture, stunning beaches and breathtaking countryside.
Many of our lecturers are at the forefront of their field, producing world-leading research and contributing to advances within their area of expertise.
Meet friends for life, join clubs and societies, experience campus life, benefit from a huge array of facilities and equipment and study a course that will shape the rest of your life.
Dedicated onsite and online support, advice and mentoring will ensure you're heard and supported. Our support services are at the forefront of addressing the challenges that modern-life brings.
Employability is at the heart of everything. So much so that a lot of our teaching is informed by what happens in the real world and the skills you’ll need for your chosen career.
Many of our courses have accreditation from professional, statutory or regulatory bodies. This allows you to gain a qualification recognised in your profession, such as an ACCA or LPC.