BA (Hons) Counselling Theory Top Up

UCAS Code: G80 B9T2 Credit Level: 6 Credit Value: 120 Course Start Date: September Course Duration: 1 year
BA (Hons) Counselling Theory Top Up Awarding body

Your Programme

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 and 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.


Entry Requirements

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
  • Dissertation
  • Dual Diagnosis – Substance Misuse

And either

  • 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 attendance during 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 taking place in small groups and others using online sessions and support.

Within this degree, 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 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 students’ 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, and encourage creative and critical thinking strategies.

Programme Benefits

Individuals who have previously achieved a practicing Foundation Degree will have the opportunity to achieve a full BA honours degree. Furthermore, those with a non-practicing Foundation degree will have the opportunity to achieve a full BA honours degree, which would potentially provide eligibility to access practicing Masters degrees to achieve a practicing counselling qualification.

What next?

Upon achievement of the BA (Hons) Counselling Theory (Top-Up) graduates may wish to continue studying at Masters or PhD level. Furthermore, they may seek managerial posts in human resources or the health and care sectors.