About the Therapeutic Counselling (Top Up) Undergraduate course
If you are a counsellor looking to top-up your qualification to an honours degree, this course will enrich your professional development and practice and offers a route to studying counselling at masters level. You will explore the philosophies, values and cultural assumptions underpinning key counselling perspectives. You will work in groups to review your counselling experiences and you will share ideas and thoughts on different approaches in order to improve your practice.
This course is for practising counsellors seeking further opportunities for professional study. You will need your line manager's consent to participate in the course, this could be in the form of a reference and a template can be accessed at this link.
Applicants who have completed our BSc Therapeutic Counselling (ordinary degree) in the last five years will be considered for advanced entry and will only need to complete a further 60 level 6 credit points.
Applicants who have completed our BSc Therapeutic Counselling degree more than five years ago can apply for credit transfer through the Recognition of Prior Learning route.
IELTS:IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature ApplicantsOur University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.
If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.
Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.
MODULES & LEARNING
Examine the theory, practice and relational dynamics relating to supervision and experience the process of group supervision.
Get introduced to the theories, values, methods and techniques of existential, humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural perspectives of counselling.
Increase your knowledge of and critically evaluate a range of therapeutic issues. You will be given the opportunity to review, develop, support and communicate your own approach to practice in the helping professions.
You will explore research methods, ethical issues and critical evaluations of counselling research, and be supported to conduct your own research study.
Critically evaluate key theoretical approaches to group work and practical issues involved in setting up and running diverse groups in a range of contexts.
The final project module will help boost your expertise and help you should you need to design and present your own counselling report or study in the future.
There's a real breadth in what you will investigate and discuss, including mainstream counselling approaches such as the relational approach and cognitive behavioural therapy, widely used in the NHS today.
Discussions with other qualified counsellors help shape and invigorate your debates, sharing knowledge and expertise while also allowing for valuable networking and potential entrepreneurial ventures and partnerships.
Our teaching team comes from a range of counselling backgrounds, having worked with person-centred, integrative, psychodynamic and humanistic approaches. They will help inform this course's content and bring a vast array of experience and insight into seminars, lectures and workshops.
By the end of your course you will have shaped and strengthened your own practice and its identity, and be able to find more opportunities to deliver counselling in diverse settings and communities.
Kay McFarlane Kay McFarlaneSenior Lecturer
It is delightful to witness students enjoying the freedom to explore issues that they feel passionate about. Students on this course have already qualified and they often tell me that this stage of their learning feels more liberating and less pressurised.
Kay McFarlane is a psychotherapist, supervisor, trainer, lecturer and group facilitator. Since 1992 she has worked as a therapist in the NHS, in the voluntary sector and in private practice. She has taught children, adolescents and adults in various organisations, in various countries including Italy and Singapore.
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