Helen Cossar

Course: BA (Hons) top-up Counselling Studies

Previous school: Hetton Comprehensive

Helen progressed from Level 1 Counselling to a BA (Hons) top-up degree. She said numerous factors influenced her decision to progress within the College.

Helen said:

“The College was local and the courses suited my needs and interests. The reasonable prices and option to study part-time made New College Durham more appealing than any of the local universities.

“I wanted a change in career and I knew studying a professional qualification at New College Durham would be an enjoyable experience. Even as a mature student, I found the atmosphere at the College a lot more welcoming and less intimidating than other higher education institutions.  

“The support available was suitable for my needs and level of study. The compulsory work placement was very beneficial as I gained valuable experience working in the industry.

“I will always remember my time at New College Durham as being satisfying, convenient and fun! In the future, I would like to become an accredited counsellor with BACP.”

Helen currently works as a School Counsellor for Durham County Council.