Study Counselling and Healthcare at University Centre Weston


All members of our teams in the Nursing, Counselling and Integrated Mental Health and Social Care Practice Area bring a wealth of experience from varying clinical and academic backgrounds. Some members of the team are also current practitioners. 

Not only will you find them passionate about the subject, but also about supporting you throughout your studies. Your time here will install in you the knowledge and skills to become not only an effective graduate but also as an independent, highly competent and compassionate practitioner, who is able to make a difference in people’s lives.

Throughout your time here we will prepare you to become adaptable to the ever-changing and fast-paced healthcare environment.

All members of our teams in the Nursing, Counselling and Integrated Mental Health and Social Care Practice Area bring a wealth of experience from varying clinical and academic backgrounds. Some members of the team are also current practitioners. 

Not only will you find them passionate about the subject, but also about supporting you throughout your studies. Your time here will install in you the knowledge and skills to become not only an effective graduate but also as an independent, highly competent and compassionate practitioner, who is able to make a difference in people’s lives.

Throughout your time here we will prepare you to become adaptable to the ever-changing and fast-paced healthcare environment.

Study Counselling and Healthcare at University Centre Weston


All members of our teams in the Nursing, Counselling and Integrated Mental Health and Social Care Practice Area bring a wealth of experience from varying clinical and academic backgrounds. Some members of the team are also current practitioners. 

Not only will you find them passionate about the subject, but also about supporting you throughout your studies. Your time here will install in you the knowledge and skills to become not only an effective graduate but also as an independent, highly competent and compassionate practitioner, who is able to make a difference in people’s lives.

Throughout your time here we will prepare you to become adaptable to the ever-changing and fast-paced healthcare environment.

We offer a variety of engineering and construction programmes from the traditional HNC/HND route to the degree apprenticeship route (delivered in partnership with UWE Bristol). The programmes cover a wide range of specialisms, including aerospace, civil, electrical, mechanical, manufacturing and construction and the built environment.

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Our Courses


Assistant Practitioner (Mental Health) Higher Apprenticeship

Level 5

Counselling, BSc (Hons)

Level 6

Assistant Practitioner (Health and Social Care) Higher Apprenticeship

Level 5

Nursing Associate, FdSc (Higher Apprenticeship)

Level 5

FdSc Assistant Practitioner (Mental Health) (HTQ)

Level 5

FdSc Assistant Practitioner (Health and Social Care) (HTQ)

Level 5

Counselling (top-up), BSc (Hons)

Level 6

Delivered in
partnership with:

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West of England Institute of Technology logo

Study Counselling and Healthcare at University Centre Weston


All members of our teams in the Nursing, Counselling and Integrated Mental Health and Social Care Practice Area bring a wealth of experience from varying clinical and academic backgrounds. Some members of the team are also current practitioners. 

Not only will you find them passionate about the subject, but also about supporting you throughout your studies. Your time here will install in you the knowledge and skills to become not only an effective graduate but also as an independent, highly competent and compassionate practitioner, who is able to make a difference in people’s lives.

Throughout your time here we will prepare you to become adaptable to the ever-changing and fast-paced healthcare environment.

We offer a variety of engineering and construction programmes from the traditional HNC/HND route to the degree apprenticeship route (delivered in partnership with UWE Bristol). The programmes cover a wide range of specialisms, including aerospace, civil, electrical, mechanical, manufacturing and construction and the built environment.

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Assistant Practitioner (Mental Health) Higher Apprenticeship

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Counselling, BSc (Hons)

Level 6

Assistant Practitioner (Health and Social Care) Higher Apprenticeship

Level 5

Nursing Associate, FdSc (Higher Apprenticeship)

Level 5

FdSc Assistant Practitioner (Mental Health) (HTQ)

Level 5

FdSc Assistant Practitioner (Health and Social Care) (HTQ)

Level 5

Counselling (top-up), BSc (Hons)

Level 6

Delivered in
partnership with:

UWE logo
West of England Institute of Technology logo

Meet our Team


Here at UCW, our lecturers are made of sector professionals.
Their expertise, experiences and industry contacts means that your learning is taken to the next level!
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Claire Plews

Curriculum Coordinator - Counselling

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Matt Thacker

Lecturer - Counselling

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Siouxsie Bytheway

Lecturer in Counselling

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Penny Osborne

HE Lecturer in Counselling

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Steve Heigham

Lecturer - Counselling

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Rachel Britton

HE Counselling Work Placement coordinator

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Maryanne Shire

Lecturer - Nursing and Health

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Roger King

Lecturer - Health & Social Care

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Ellie Read

Curriculum Co-ordinator

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Edith Thew

Curriculum Co-ordinator

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Louise Lynn

Curriculum Coordinator in Health and Social Care

    Meet our Team


    Here at UCW, our lecturers are made of sector professionals.
    Their expertise, experiences and industry contacts means that your learning is taken to the next level!
    Featured image for “Claire Plews”

    Claire Plews

    Curriculum Coordinator - Counselling

    Featured image for “Matt Thacker”

    Matt Thacker

    Lecturer - Counselling

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    Siouxsie Bytheway

    Lecturer in Counselling

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    Penny Osborne

    HE Lecturer in Counselling

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    Steve Heigham

    Lecturer - Counselling

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    Rachel Britton

    HE Counselling Work Placement coordinator

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    Maryanne Shire

    Lecturer - Nursing and Health

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    Roger King

    Lecturer - Health & Social Care

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    Ellie Read

    Curriculum Co-ordinator

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    Edith Thew

    Curriculum Co-ordinator

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    Louise Lynn

    Curriculum Coordinator in Health and Social Care

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      Claire Plews

      Curriculum Coordinator - Counselling

      Featured image for “Matt Thacker”

      Matt Thacker

      Lecturer - Counselling

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      Adrian Harris

      Lecturer in Acting and Performance Making

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      Sarah Leaney

      Lecturer - Animal Management

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      Julie Way

      Lecturer - Animal Science

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      Gill Cook

      Programme Coordinator - Animal Management

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        I gained access to the course through an organisation called ‘Positive People’ and thought it would be a good course for me to complete as I’d always preferred outside, hands-on work instead of working in an office environment, which I’d previously done for more than 20 years in the Transport industry.


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            If not working on site with an employer, Health and Social Care courses are all taught at our Health and Active Living Skills Centre.

            This multi-million pound facility features laboratories and a state-of-the-art ward simulation room, designed to replicate a working ward for immersive, realistic experiences in the classroom.

            Counselling learners will benefit from the incredible modern facilities, as most teaching will take place at our Winter Gardens Campus in the heart of Weston-super-Mare. Situated a stone throw from the beach, this vibrant environment is home to our main Library facilities as well as the HEART team where you’ll have access to the incredible support services they offer our learners.

            Male Nursing Associate (Higher Apprenticeship) student working in a practical setting - learning how to use a hoist with a medical dummy

            What really appealed was the flexible nature of the apprenticeship – I wanted to gain my nursing registration, whilst earning a wage. Learning through UCW has allowed me to study and work at the same time and my workplace is very supportive of this. So, it’s been a great opportunity for my personal development.

            Shane, Nursing Associate, FdSc (Higher Apprenticeship)

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            I have already encouraged several friends to begin their counselling journey at UCW. It's a life changing course that allows time for personal growth along with professional development.

            Rebecca , Counselling, FdSc

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