About the BA (Hons) Counselling Theory Top Up programme
This programme will be highly attractive to practicing counsellors who may hold a practising Foundation Degree in counselling who are looking to develop their professional competence and advance their careers with a full degree. These students would not be expected to achieve any further hours on placement as they will have already achieved the 100 hours required by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Neither would they be required to participate in ten personal therapy hours. The programme would also enable those students not wishing to enter placement and become a counsellor to achieve a good degree. At present there are no provisions for students to attend a programme where they can choose to opt out of the placement module and attend theoretical modules in place of the practicing element.
Applicants will have achieved 240 credits in counselling studies. Students must also have a Level 5 grade average at 50% or above. Students holding a practicing Foundation Degree in Counselling awarded by an alternative organisation must provide either a professional or academic reference to ensure that 100 hours of placement and two years of personal development have been achieved.
Learning & Teaching Methods
Within this route the sessions will typically consist of interactive lectures which encourage debate and application of theory within the counselling sector. The lecture element will provide the students with the key skills and knowledge to enable participation in the seminar activities and to complete their assessments. The lectures will encourage creative thought on behalf of the students and suggest follow up activities to develop the key ideas. Throughout these interactive lectures group tasks will be set and understanding assessed to inform teaching. These sessions will make use of workshops and exercises which are used as an informal on-going method of assessment where student’s individual skills and knowledge growth will be tested through workshop and seminar exercises and student led demonstrations. Throughout the sessions presentations and organised debate will be used to build confidence and develop skills, presentations and debates about the content of presentations will be used to encourage creative and critical thinking strategies.
Individuals who have previously achieved a practicing foundation degree will have the opportunity to achieve a full BA degree. Furthermore students will gain knowledge of managing in organisations, thus increasing employability.
Upon achievement of the BA Counselling Theory (Top-Up) graduates may wish to continue study at Masters or PhD level. Furthermore they may seek managerial posts in human resources or the health and care sectors.