Counselling and Psychotherapy (Top up) at Nelson and Colne College Group - UCAS

Course summary

This programme will enable you to critically engage with various theoretical frameworks and concepts relevant to the context and practice of counselling and psychotherapy work. It will facilitate your work towards the relief of psychological suffering and to support clients in developing their self awareness, self worth and self confidence to manage their lives more effectively. You will develop your skills, knowledge and competence to provide the most effective service to your clients whilst maintaining your own wellbeing. In addition, the course will promote critical reflection and develop relevant transferable skills such as critical enquiry, argument and analysis, and independent learning.


Morality and Personality This module will examine the study of the individual and the various motives for the actions an individual takes. It will explore theory, contemporary topics, and analytical techniques related to the study of the individual. These will include elements of existentialism, philosophy, morality, character study and personality. These will link with exploration of current issues and both long term and more recent changes in what is expected of the individual. Advanced Professional and Personal Development Counsellors and psychotherapists are reflective practitioners who seek to maintain a high level of professional development and self-awareness. Therapeutic work will usually be overseen regularly by another therapist in the role of supervisor. Counsellors and psychotherapists are open to learning from new experiences in practice and to engaging in appropriate continuing professional development. One aspect of this process can be fulfilled by experiencing specialist experiential work with particular client groups such as confidence building, clients in addiction and facilitating groups. The more awareness of self for the counsellor, the more awareness of clients is achieved, which is paramount to developing ethical therapeutic relationships. This module will continue to build on personal awareness and development of the counsellor through experiential activities to facilitate movement and growth. Supervision in Counselling and Psychotherapy This module represents the skills-in-practice component of the course and aims to lay the foundations for effective and ethical supervisory practice. You will be supported to reflect on supervisory procedural issues such as: clinical responsibility, contracting, risk assessment, and professional record keeping. You will be given opportunities to reflect on interpersonal and intrapersonal processes in supervision and to critically evaluate your own interventions. Working with Trauma Counselling and psychotherapy courses need to equip trainee therapists to work with trauma and develop an understanding of the psychological disorders and symptoms including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Complex PTSD, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). Without awareness and knowledge of trauma there is a potential risk that the therapeutic process could re-traumatise clients who have suffered trauma events. Trainee counsellors need to have an awareness of the assessments and treatments available for clients suffering from historical or current trauma. Dissertation This module will provide you with the opportunity to design and carry out a substantive piece of research analysis into a topic of your own choosing. You will have the opportunity to produce and in-depth analysis of the findings drawn from your extended investigations. You will have a choice of either a primary research based dissertation or a literature based one.

Assessment method

Learning is promoted through a variety of methods including lectures, seminars, presentations, case studies, group work, group tutorials, project work, work placement/s, observation and demonstration and independent self-directed study and research. Lectures present relevant subject information in a structured manner in order to outline key themes, issues and debates and thus provide students with the underpinning knowledge from which to conduct further self-directed learning. Seminars, group work and group tutorials offer more potential for a purposely student led interactive forum for knowledge sharing and acquisition. Individual tutorials facilitate student learning by addressing specific knowledge and understanding needs on an individual basis and remains an integral aspect of the relationship between staff and students. Throughout students are encouraged to undertake independent reading and research using both printed and electronic material to complement, widen, deepen and consolidate their knowledge and understanding. Students are assessed via both oral and written coursework (such as essays, projects, seminars, role plays, portfolio and a dissertation).

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Accrington Campus
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

A relevant Foundation Degree is required for entry to this course.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9000* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000* Year 1
Scotland £9000* Year 1
Wales £9000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

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Counselling and Psychotherapy (Top up) at Nelson and Colne College Group - UCAS