Counselling Top-up at Activate Learning - UCAS

Activate Learning

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Middlesex University

Counselling Top-up

Course summary

The BSc (Hons) in Counselling (top-up) 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 on a research question of their own choosing 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. Employers are increasingly asking for counsellors with a degree in counselling, or with BACP accreditation or both. Graduates also progress to postgraduate programmes or go on to more specialised training, i.e. in couples counselling, drug and alcohol addiction or working with children and adolescents. Specifically, the aims of the programme are: • To expand students’ appreciation and understanding of a range of counselling approaches other than the one in which they have completed their training. • To develop students’ ability to critically reflect on the particular nature of their clinical practice in light of their individual training and personal experiences and their responses to these. • To enable students to understand the ways in which they can respond effectively in their clinical practice to the demands of working in particular settings and cultural contexts. • To develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the BACP Ethical Framework as an example of a relevant professional ethical policy • To develop students’ engagement with systematic research in counselling by fostering their critical understanding of relevant research methods and enabling them to undertake a suitable research project in an area of personal interest. • To foster students’ self-awareness of their current capacities as counsellors and identify future continuing professional development possibilities in support of their professional aspirations. • To enable students with the appropriate capacities to achieve a graduate-level award in counselling, enhancing their opportunities to secure future employment and training at levels that they may have found hard to access as non-graduates. Students must take all of the following modules: • Personal and Professional Development in Practice • Research informed Practice • Research Proposal • Theory in Practice Students will be required to complete 80 supervised client practice hours as part of the programme. They will also be required to be in personal therapy for a minimum of 60 hours during the programme. Having successfully achieved the BSc (Hons) in Counselling, it is envisaged that many students will seek employment in the counselling field, including setting up in private practice and/or progress to postgraduate study.

Subject options

This course offers the following subject options:

  • Counselling


Students must take all of the following: • Personal and Professional Development in Practice • Research informed Practice • Research Proposal • Theory in Practice

Assessment method

This programme will run in line with general University Regulations:

How to apply

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Guildford College
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £8000 Year 1
England £8000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8000 Year 1
Scotland £8000 Year 1
Wales £8000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Additional costs associated with studying the BSc (Hons) in Counselling: • Membership of a relevant professional body i.e. BACP student membership £82 per year (optional) • Supervision at clinical placement may be free for certain agencies but could cost £50 per hour for approximately 30 hours • Personal therapy from approximately £30 to £45 per hour is recommended but not compulsory • Indemnity Insurance may be free for certain agencies but could cost on average £50 in total • Travel expenses to/from placement, therapy, and supervision venues • Books, workshops, or seminars would also be an additional optional cost, as would any IT or stationery costs.
Counselling Top-up at Activate Learning - UCAS