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.
240 credits from a relevant Foundation Degree in counselling studies/counselling. Students must also have a Level 5 grade average at 50% or above.
Students holding a practicing/non practicing Foundation Degree or level 5 equivalent in Counselling awarded by an alternative organisation must provide either a professional or academic reference to ensure that 50% average grade was achieved.
What you will learn
Level 6 (Honours Stage) modules studied during this programme are:
- Personal Development
- Psychology within Counselling
- Dual Diagnosis – Substance Misuse
- Leading Change in Organisations (elective); or
- Child and Adolescent Counselling (elective).
Learning & Teaching Methods
This course is primarily designed for face to face learning with you attending your lessons for the specified hours within the validation document. However, there may be periods of study where the government advises TEC Partnership that it is not safe to open campuses or there is limited access due to social distancing measures. If the campus is closed TEC Partnership will deliver your sessions online and offer you the necessary support and resources remotely. If there is limited access due to social distancing measures a blended model will be adopted with some lessons happening in small groups and others happening using online sessions and support.
Within this degree 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 those with a non-practicing Foundation degree will have the opportunity to achieve a full BA degree which would potentially provide eligibility to access practicing Masters degrees to achieve a practicing counselling qualification.
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.