Single Module Level 6

Expressive Therapies (Level 6, 20 credits)




One semester

Next enrolment

January 2025


In a nutshell

This module offers both cognitive and experiential learning opportunities and offers ‘taster experiences’ of a range of different arts therapy approaches. 

You will:

  • learn historical development and theoretical tenets of expressive therapy approaches
  • take part in experiential learning and sample some of the approaches
  • be equipped to evaluate issues related to tissue viability
Course details

All about the course

Through exploring the difference between arts therapies and arts in health you will gain ideas of where you can incorporate expressive techniques into your practice. This module contributes towards the development of creative thinking, appraising and recognising the intrinsic value of creativity in mental health and wellbeing. 

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

Learning is through a mix of lectures of experiential, hands-on working. 

Assessment is via a 3,000 word essay. 

School of Health and Society

The School of Health and Society is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real world impact.

Our courses are informed by the latest research and we work closely with organisations from both the public and private sector to ensure our teaching is at the forefront of practice.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Our students find work in a range of environments, e.g.,

  • Mental health
  • Working with dementia/caring communities
  • Schools as school counsellors/group facilitators
  • Working for charities offering counselling and support
  • Employee Assisted Programs
  • Online and telephone counselling services
  • HR

Career Links

We work with over 100 health and social care organisations so our links with industry are very strong. These relationships will be of direct benefit to you because our academic team work in practice in some of these organisations at a senior level so are able to keep you at the forefront of developments in the sector, which in turn help you provide a better service.


What you need to know

This module runs January to May: 3-hour sessions weekly for ten weeks. 

This module is suitable for practicing counsellors, psychotherapists and mental health workers who wish to expand their practice and gain skills and knowledge of working in creative and expressive ways.

    Standard entry requirements

    Previous study and experience

    This course is open to applicants with an interest in, and experience of, working within a helping relationship.

    We do not require a bachelors degree but would look to see evidence of experience in counselling, psychotherapy, arts in health, psychology or counselling, along with an ability to study at Level 6. 

    Alternative entry requirements

    Accreditation of prior learning (APL)

    We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

    The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

    Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

    How much?

    Type of study Year Fees
    Part-time 2024/25 £925 per 20 credit module
    Part-time 2025/26 £965 per 20 credit module

    Additional costs

    You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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    Enrolment dates

    January 2025