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Course summary

The BA (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy course provides professional training in humanistic person-centred counselling / psychotherapy. This course is designed for those who have an interest in mental health, the human condition and a willingness to work with others in times of significant distress. The course will involve a comprehensive study of Carl Rogers’ theory and practice contextualised in a range of key paradigms. Students have the opportunity to work with clients through the counselling service, clinical supervision is provided. The BA (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy is not accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) however the BACP Framework for Ethical practice is embedded throughout the course. In order to have been considered to have completed an accredited course candidates will need to have first completed the BACP accredited DipHe in Person-centred Counselling at University Centre Colchester in year 1 and 2. Delivery is through a range of methods including lectures, seminars, case-study, discussions and workshops. A variety of assessment strategies will be used including assignments, case studies, work-based projects, patchwork texts and extended research study/dissertation.


The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Most modules count for 20 academic credits, with each credit taken equating to a total study time of around 10 hours, which includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. A total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits are needed for an honours degree as a whole. Overall grades for the course and degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interests. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of core modules at a given level. Our teaching is informed by research, professional practice and industry engagement and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. Further information on current modules can be found on the University Centre Colchester website.

Assessment method

Assessment: The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. Feedback: You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Applicants applying from outside of the UK will need to provide evidence of their qualifications, English level and passport/visa documents. Colchester Institute requires applicants to have an English level of IELTS 6.0 (with Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking all being at least 5.5) for all of its courses.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)



English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6Colchester Institute requires applicants to have an English level of IELTS 6.0 (with Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking all being at least 5.5) for all of its courses.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £8250 Year 1
England £8250 Year 1
Scotland £8250 Year 1
Wales £8250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8250 Year 1
EU £8250 Year 1
International £8250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students studying on the BA (Hons) Counselling and Diploma of Higher Education in Person Centred Counselling course will be required to undertake a specified level of personal therapy both prior and during the course which they will be liable to pay for themselves. The cost of Personal Therapy varies from practitioner to practitioner, however it is anticipated that Personal Therapy is estimated to cost in the region of £750. Counselling students who intend to practice will be required to have membership of BACP and professional indemnity insurance, these costs are variable; students should contact the course team for further guidance. Students studying on the BA (Hons) Counselling and Diploma of Higher Education in Person Centred Counselling course are required to undertake 100 hours of client hours during their studies to apply for British Association Counselling Practitioners (BACP) membership. Those students who are unable to complete their client hours and wish to continue to utilise the Colchester Institute Counselling Service (CICS) for obtaining their hours and associated supervisions beyond the length of their programme will be required to pay additional fees to access these services. The fees due are dependent on the volume of hours required and are non-refundable. The fees for 2019/20 are shown below: Client Hours Required 1 – 24 Hours - £200.00 25 – 49 Hours- £400.00 50 - 74 Hours - £600.00 75+ Hours - £800.00
Counselling and Psychotherapy at University Centre Colchester at Colchester Institute - UCAS