BA (Hons) Integrative Counselling Top-Up
University of Worcester and Herefordshire & Ludlow College.
Attendance: Full-time (one day per week)
Start Date: September
Duration: One year
Location: HLC Hereford Campus
Application: UCAS course code 52B8
This is an innovative, fascinating and up-to-date top-up programme which will allow students to develop an impressive professional portfolio of skills to take into employment and enhance their career.
Participants can develop their counselling knowledge and skills in a specialist area, conduct a research proposal on a chosen area and undertake a negotiated work-based learning project of their choice.
The programme provides the opportunity to develop a specialism in a professional area of choice and we also place emphasis on your own personal development throughout the programme. Your supervised placement practice will allow you to apply your learning and gain valuable experience and confidence.
The top-up degree encourages a wider view of counselling in the 21st century, including the exciting developments in the present and future of the profession. It includes experiential and theoretical learning in a unique classroom setting, with outstanding individual support from our highly experienced teaching team.
During the course, participants are also required to undertake approximately 50 hours of work-based learning, 20 hours of personal therapy and also continue their counselling practice (achieving a minimum of 50 counselling hours during the programme) with supervision to BACP requirements. Students will also need to allow time for independent guided study and assessment preparation.
Emphasis is placed on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.
You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, experiential exercises, group work, action methods, discussion groups, modelling, audio-visual input, clinical skills, creative work and personal research.
- Advanced Professional Practice
- Specialist Work-Based Learning
- Research for Counselling Practitioners
- Counselling in the 21st Century
The course provides opportunities to enhance and assess understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments such as journal writing, feedback on skills practices, and participation in experiential work, as well as feedback from your placement and supervisor.
Each module has one formal or ‘summative’ assessment that is graded and counts towards the overall module grade, such as essays, case studies, recorded practice assessments, projects and research. You will be awarded a grade or percentage which indicates whether you have successfully passed the module.
Academic requirements - to be eligible for this course you must:
- Possess a Foundation Degree (FdSc) Counselling award at Levels 4 and 5, meeting BACP supervised practice requirements of 100 hours minimum, or equivalent. Applicants not meeting this requirement will be individually assessed by the Programme Leader, and must provide further evidence of qualifications at Level 5 (240 credits) or higher
- Have achieved MBACP status (qualified counsellor and member of the BACP) at the point of application
- Be in practice as a counsellor. It is expected that as qualified counsellors; students will enter the programme with counselling practice arranged in advance
- Be willing to undertake a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check, plus an occupational health check, during the application process
Graduates of the Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Counselling can ‘top up’ their award and obtain a University Honours Degree in one year of extra study. We also welcome applications from other qualified counsellors - this course offers an excellent opportunity to refresh and update their professional skills. For more information about the eligibility criteria regarding other counselling qualifications contact the Enquiries Team.
£9,250.00 per year - University of Worcester fees policy applies. All fees are subject to change; please check with the relevant provider.
- DBS check £44 (Update service £13 per year)
- Personal Therapy 20 hrs - £800
- Counselling Supervision - £400 - £600
- Indemnity Insurance - £80 - £150
- BACP student membership – £170 per annum, reduced rate £85 (available for those receiving certain state benefits or have no personal income, conditions apply)
Please note all costs are approximate.
Telephone: 0800 032 1986