About the BA (Hons) Counselling Top Up programme
This programme is focussed 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.
Applicants must have achieved 240 credits in counselling studies. Students must also have a Level 5 grade average at 50% or above.
Learning & Teaching Methods
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, skill 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 programme students will graduate as practicing counsellors. Thus they are eligible to seek employment as qualified counsellors or undertake private practice.
Having completed the BA Counselling (Top-Up), students will be qualified counsellors. Furthermore they may wish to continue with further study such as Masters or PhD programmes.