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Counselling BA (Hons) top up - full-time - 2019:20

Location:  Guildford College
UCAS Code:  B940
Year:  2019:20
Duration:  1 Year
FT/PT:  Full-Time 
Awarding Body:  University of Greenwich
Level: 6
Tuition Fees: £ See Additional Information below per academic year
Awarding Body Fee: £ See Additional Information below
 Applications for full time Degree Level courses must go through UCAS until 30th June
11/09/2019Places Available
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Content / Overview

This programme has been specifically designed for practising counsellors already qualified to diploma or foundation degree level and working in paid employment, private practice or a voluntary setting. It provides a unique opportunity for counsellors to deepen their understanding of counselling theory and practice, to gain more understanding of client issues and how to work with them, undertake a research project and gain a degree at the same time. It also provides a forum where counsellors from a variety of orientations and backgrounds will be able to share information and experience to their mutual advantage.

As awareness of mental health issues gradually increases in the public consciousness and more people seek professional help and advice, there is a rise in demand for counselling and for professionally qualified counsellors. Employers are increasingly asking for counsellors with a degree in counselling, or with BACP accreditation or both.

Course Modules

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

  • Advanced Counselling Theory (15 credits)
  • Attachment, Loss and Bereavement (15 credits)
  • Case Discussion (15 credits)
  • Consolidating Clinical Practice and Professional Development (30 credits)
  • Counselling Research Project (30 credits)
  • Research Methodology for Counselling Practitioners (15 credits)

Why Study Here

  • Enhance your professional status
  • Graduates will be eligible for individual application to the BACP for accreditation following completion of further supervised practice
  • Unique course specifically designed for practising and qualified counsellors to extend their knowledge and skills and enhance their understanding of both their core model and different counselling approaches
  • State-of-the-art facilities for group and collaborative work in the Learning Hub

Application Process

Apply online through UCAS at

Entry Requirements

Foundation Degree or Counselling Diploma Level 5 (applicants with a CPCAB Level 4 Diploma may be acceptable with Accredited Prior Learning at Level 5 or above, or for entry in 2019 a tutor recommendation for Level 6 study. In addition 450 hours of counselling training, a minimum of 100 hours of supervised counselling practice and 60 hours of personal counselling.  

Knowledge & Understanding

On successful completion, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
  • The key theoretical concepts and principles that underpin each of four counselling meta-modalities (Psychodynamic; Humanistic; Cognitive-Behavioural and Transpersonal) and the strengths of weaknesses of integrative and eclectic approaches to counselling in theory and practice
  • The complex tension that exists between counselling theory and counselling practice
  • The BACP Ethical Framework, as an example of a relevant professional ethical policy
  • Research methods relevant to understanding questions posed by counsellors and the strengths and weaknesses of these in epistemological terms
  • The ways in which difference can impact in therapeutic relationships and ways in which counsellors can respect diversity and foster equality in their clinical work
  • The nature of working in different settings and being a member of a community of practitioners in different roles

Cognitive (Thinking) Skills

On successful completion, students will be able to demonstrate:
  • The application of theories and principles to counselling practice
  • The use of a range of skills to identify, understand and evaluate theories, ideas and research from multiple sources
  • The ability to develop and present a persuasive argument drawing upon appropriate evidence, literature and theories
  • Analysis of own skill levels and development of competence

Practical Skills

On successful completion, students will be able to:
  • Work effectively as a counsellor in a manner that takes into account particular clients’ needs, work settings and individual practitioner competence
  • Make appropriate and ongoing use of self-reflection and extra-personal sources of support to monitor and develop practice (personal therapy, when appropriate; formal supervision; clinical case discussions; engagement with theory and research)
  • Evaluate clinical practice in light of relevant ethical expectations and maintain appropriate professional conduct

Transferable (Key) Skills

On successful completion, students will be able to:
  • Improve performance through self-appraisal and reflection, identifying current competencies and future goals
  • Perform effectively in a team role: presenting to peers and participating in group discussions in a manner that communicates rich material effectively
  • Research and report findings in verbal and written formats, using information technology effectively to support these activities
  • Present themselves as a secure, curious-minded and non-defensive individual


A variety of assessment methods are incorporated into this programme that aim to exploit students' strengths and develop areas of weakness. The variety includes traditional academic essays, summary appendices and presentations.

Further Studies

You could progress to postgraduate programmes or go on to more specialised training, for instance in couples counselling, drug and alcohol addiction or working with adolescents.


You could become a private practice counsellor, pastoral worker, counsellor for a voluntary agency, the NHS or other statutory agency. Counsellors who graduate from this programme and who are already in paid employment will be eligible for a greater variety of counselling work.

Additional Information

This programme is franchised from the University of Greenwich and as such is subject to their fees, which are payable direct to the University. For fee information please go to: Student Loans Guidance - when applying for your student loan for the BA (Hons) Counselling programme, please make sure you do the following: - For “where do you plan to study”, please select the University of Greenwich (G70).
- For “what course will you study”, please select B943. Counselling (Top Up) Guildford College.
- Tick the maximum box for the tuition fee instead of entering an amount – you will not be charged more than the actual fee. The academic regulations for this programme can be found on the University’s website
Terms and conditions for enrolment can be found on our website

All students aged 19 years or over on 1 September in the first year of their course are expected to pay tuition, registration, exam fees and all other course related costs. Some assistance with these costs may be available depending on your circumstances and the latest government funding position.

There are normally no tuition, registration or examination fees to pay if you are aged 16-18 on 1 September in the first year of your course and are a British or European Union resident. This does not apply to HNCs/Ds, Foundation Degrees, Degrees or courses that do not attract government funding (identified as 'no fee remission available on this course').


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