BSC (HONS) PERSON CENTRED COUNSELLING & PSYCHOTHERAPY (TOP-UP)

Awarded By: Currently under review
Duration: 1 year, full-time
Level: Level 6
Last Updated: 23-02-21

This one year course allows you to top-up your Foundation degree to a full BSc (Hons) degree in Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy and offers a more integrative approach, exploring the wider counselling offer, including psychotherapy. Adopting a three tier approach, the degree explores personal development, theory and practice and is suitable for qualified counsellors looking to develop and enhance their current skills portfolio.

Applying higher level theory to practical situations, the degree affords opportunities to expand knowledge of broader therapy options, enhancing and complementing counselling practice.

The degree includes a focus on working with Children and Young People, achieved through both taught sessions and placement hours. Upon successful completion, you will graduate with a BSc (Hons) degree, providing progression opportunities within the industry or through a range of postgraduate training and professional development opportunities. To progress onto further study, an additional application needs to be made.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

The BSc (Hons) Top-Up offers a more integrative approach to Counselling, exploring the wider counselling offer, including psychotherapy. Adopting a three tier approach, the degree explores personal development, theory and practice and is suitable for qualified counsellors looking to develop and enhance their current skills portfolio. Applying higher level theory to practical situations, the degree affords opportunities to expand knowledge of broader therapy options, enhancing and complementing counselling practice

For the full course specification, visit the Higher Education section of our website. Available here.

HOW WILL I BE TAUGHT?

As well as tutorial support to help you complete the assessments to a high standard, a variety of lectures, seminars, online discussion forums, presentations, group projects and supervision will enable you to gain a range of skills to improve your practice.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Assessment is typically essay based but also includes video and audio recordings of counselling practice, presentations, written assignments, reflective reviews, supervision reports and a strong portfolio of evidence.

In addition, you are required to complete 50 hours of clinical practice and 90 minutes per month of clinical supervision. You will also undertake 10 hours of personal counselling throughout the year. You are also required to attend a mandatory residential weekend, enhancing and supporting both learning and personal practice.

WHAT CAN I DO NEXT?

Upon successful completion of the degree, you may look to progress within industry or seek promotion in your existing role. The degree also provides the opportunity to continue your studies at postgraduate level, as well as providing opportunities to undertake additional training and professional development. To progress with any further study, an additional application needs to be made.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I NEED TO KNOW?

Awarded by: Currently under review

Mode of study: 1 year, full-time

Tuition fee: Year 1 (2021/2022) £6,000

Additional costs: There is a residential, which costs £300. Supervision costs are also incurred on this degree with a maximum fee of £40 per hour, with a minimum attendance of 1.5 hours per month. You may also be required to pay for personal counselling. You will also be required to pay a professional membership fee and the costs associated with obtaining Professional Indemnity Insurance.

The course is delivered on a full-time basis over two days per week and will run subject to a minimum of 12 people. 

Additional information: A group interview, to assess your interaction with others and your ability to demonstrate the values and qualities necessary in the counselling profession is required, as is an enhanced DBS check.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Preston’s College operates a flexible admissions policy, welcoming applicants with a wide range of qualifications and/or experience, with each application assessed on its own merit. We also recognise prior learning/attainment (RPL) and experience, meaning it may be possible to map some of your existing qualifications against the modules for the BSc (Hons) Person Centred Counselling and Psychology (Top-up).

If this applies to you, we will discuss this with you at the interview stage.

For learners who have recently been in education, we would expect an applicant to have one of the following:

Level 4 qualification: A degree qualification in any subject and a Level 4 Diploma Counselling, or a Foundation degree in Counselling.
PLUS  
GCSE: Level 2 or GCSE grade 4 or above (formerly grade C) in English Language.
Other qualification: You will need to demonstrate that you are in current, suitable practice (a reference is required from a clinical supervisor).
Admissions process: All applicants must complete an application form, participate in a group interview and have an enhanced DBS check.

There will be a group interview to assess your interaction with others and your ability to demonstrate the values and qualities necessary in the counselling profession as part of the application process.

International students

You may need to apply for a Tier 4 visa in order to enter and study in the UK. However, please note that Preston’s College does not hold a Tier 4 Sponsor Licence to support student visa applications.

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