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Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

Students have an opportunity to explore the role of research as a counselling skills practitioner and will utilise a mix of theoretical and experiential methods.

See 'Further Information & Notes'.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Salma Siddique

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of CO2004 Further Steps in Counselling 1 (Passed) or CO2504 Further Steps in Counselling 2 (Passed) or KL2019 Further Steps in Counselling 1 (Passed) or KL2519 Further Steps in Counselling 2 (Passed)
  • One of CO2507 Counselling Skills 4 (Passed) or KL151T Counselling Skills 4 (Passed) or KL151Z Counselling Skills 4 (Passed) or KL250X Counselling Skills 4 (Passed)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • KL351B Counselling Skills Theory Dissertation with Group Instruction (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Following an introduction to the course and to group work, subsequent sessions will include guidance and instruction on a research project in Counselling Skills Theory. This will include guidance on keeping a research diary, collection of data, its organisation and collation and other relevant information. Students will be supported in the construction and writing of a dissertation on an approved topic and in methods of referencing and presenting data. During the course students will share and discuss their own work, providing peer group support and constructive criticism on preliminary drafts, with assistance from the tutor on research problems. Individual tutorials will form part of the course at the following stages: following submission of the original outline dissertation; following submission of of the final detailed plan; following the submission of a preliminary draft; in oral examination of the dissertation.

Further Information & Notes

This course may not be suitable for anyone who is currently receiving counselling or has faced a serious emotional issue in the last six months.

Students must attend 100% of lectures and tutorials. 

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: research log 2500 words (15%); oral seminar presentation (10%); written dissertation 10000 words (75%) Candidates must acheive a CAS of 9 or greater in the oral seminar presentation in order to pass the course.
Resit: No resit of oral seminar presentation; mark from first attempt will be carried forward if greater than CAS 9. One resubmission of Research Log (15%). One resubmission of Dissertation (75%).

Formative Assessment

Contributions to the seminar discussions with peer and tutor feedback. Research Log Feedback on research diary and collection of data. Individual tutorials.


Tutors will give individual feedback as necessary during the course. This will be both verbal and in the form of written Feedback Sheets following submission of the original outline dissertation; following submission of of the final detailed plan; following the submission of a preliminary draft and after oral examination of the dissertation.

Course Learning Outcomes


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