About the BA (Hons) Counselling Top Up programme
This programme is focused on practice for aspiring counsellors. It prepares students for the challenges of working in this vital and frequently fluid area within both the public and private sector, equipping all students with the knowledge, skills, understanding and ethical instincts to work as informed, confident and responsible professionals. The programme will offer students sound knowledge and skills which they can apply to practice during the practical element, where students complete 100 placement hours as a 1-1 counsellor. A further requirement is that the student will participate in ten hours of personal therapy and 1.5 hours supervision per 8 client hours.
There are additional student costs associated to this programme for an enhanced DBS, supervision, 10 hours of personal therapy and public indemnity insurance.
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 Foundation Degree or level 5 equivalent qualification in Counselling must provide either a professional or academic reference to evidence that two years of continuous person-centred counselling skills and two years of personal development were achieved.
What you will learn
Level 6 (Honours Stage) modules studied during this programme are:
- Placement and Supervision Groups (mandatory pass)
- Personal Development
- Psychology within Counselling
- Child and Adolescent Counselling
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.
This route encourages students to develop a critical understanding of counselling theory and practice, informed by skills development, theoretical debates and research at the forefront of this discipline. It aims to facilitate opportunities for students to develop their conceptual understanding in order that they are able to critically evaluate research, scholarship and different practices, approaches and ethical considerations within the counselling profession, and apply the competency, skills and knowledge gained from this to their own future practice. The definitive feature of this route is underpinned by the integration of knowledge and understanding, with experiential learning, in order to encourage student competency within counselling practice. This is achieved by practicing counsellor tutors interacting with students regarding experiences of practice, thus providing a link between theory and practice. The programme also seeks to provide a firm foundation for knowledge, skills and self-development, and an interchange between classroom learning and placement experience. Students will also be encouraged to develop their own autonomous practice as a counsellor within an established placement setting working 1-1 with clients, developing their own integrity and initiative whilst often working with vulnerable adults. The students will be working as a self-directive professional whilst receiving external counselling supervision with a qualified and experienced supervisor. Group supervision will also enable students to seek support and guidance from a qualified counsellor, as well as peer experience in the university setting. The placement setting will teach students how to work alongside other agencies within a multidisciplinary team consisting of crisis teams, social workers, doctors and nurses.
Upon completion of this degree students will graduate as practicing counsellors, thus they are eligible to seek employment as qualified counsellors, or undertake private practice.
Having completed the BA (Hons) Counselling (Top-Up), students will be qualified counsellors. Furthermore, they will have the opportunity to continue with further study such as Masters or PhD programmes.
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The personal development aspect of the course is enlightening and powerful, understanding yourself is the first step to understanding others, and the programme leader, who is also the tutor for that module is an amazing tutor, and very supportive.