Counselling & Psychotherapy (Top-Up) BA (Hons)
Please note: this course is open to UK and EU applicants only, as it is a work-based course.
Teaching times: One day per week. Thursday 9.30-5.30pm. Please enquire with Renew on 01245 264348 if interested.
Our exciting course is designed for qualified counsellors and psychotherapists to top up their training to a full BA (Hons) and engage in practical research. You’ll develop your skills, knowledge, clinical practice and enhance employability with a choice of two specialist routes: Counselling Adults or Counselling Children and Young People.
This is a vibrant course, designed to challenge you professionally, personally, and academically. The aim of the BA (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy is to provide a professional post qualification progression route from Diploma to a full BA (Hons) award. In addition this course offers a choice of two optional specialist routes.
Route A. Adult. This route offers you the chance to develop your understanding of therapeutic work with adults with a specific focus on sexual issues in therapy. It also offers an innovative module introducing you to the emerging area of digital media in therapy.
Route B. Children & Young People. This route is designed to meet a number of the BACP Competences for working with young people (2014). This will help build skills and knowledge that enable you to develop a clinical specialism with children and young people, with a specific focus on working with creative media.
In the first semester you’ll explore person-centred theory in depth and will develop, present and peer review a seminar paper. You’ll also form study and supervision groups to support your learning. You’ll then develop a fundamental understanding of research in counselling and psychotherapy, which will prepare you for the research project and dissertation undertaken during the last semester.
This level 6 course aims to produce reflective practitioners who can understand and demonstrate the ethical, practical and academic skills and knowledge required of an effective counsellor working principally within a humanistic or person-centred approach. The course aims to enable you to work and contribute at the cutting edge in the field.
Modules & assessment
Year one, core modules
This module provides an overview of person-centred theory and practice, and also allows you to focus in depth on a specific concept or development in the person-centred field. You’ll develop your understanding of classical person-centred theory and of contemporary developments. The work you carry out on this module can be used to support the research dissertation.
Introduction to Research Methods and Design in Counselling and Psychotherapy
This module provides a foundation in research methods and design, where you’ll evaluate research, identify a relevant topic for study and design a research project. It supports the preparation and planning phases of your research dissertation for the Undergraduate Major Project module. You’ll engage in peer supervision groups and peer feedback tasks to support your learning on this module.
Undergraduate Major Project
The major project is an effective and exciting way to learn about counselling research first hand, by designing and carrying out an original, individual study of your own. This module allows you to engage in a substantial piece of individual research where you’ll collect, organise and analyse data focused on a topic relevant to the field of counselling and psychotherapy. Your research project may be either a) a literature-based project, or b) an active participant-based project.
Year one, optional modules
Diversity in Adult Counselling (Optional Route A)
An overview of the context of counselling adults, with a particular focus on sex and sexuality, and a variety of issues that adults are likely to present with – for example infertility, domestic violence, addictions and depression. You’ll choose an area or issue to focus on and explore this in terms of your chosen theory and in relation to your own professional practice.
Digital Media in Therapy (Optional Route A)
This module is designed to introduce you to the practical use of digital media in the therapeutic context. You’ll critically analyse the use of digital media in therapy, the influence on the therapeutic context and potential ethical issues. You’ll also examine trends and context of social media for clients, and you’ll explore your own relationship and experience with digital technology.
Counselling Practice – Children and Young People (Optional Route B)
Build on your existing professional skills and knowledge in relation to counselling children and young people. You’ll work with a range of creative materials and there will be a focus on practical and experiential learning using play and art materials. This module is designed to help you meet a number of BACP Competences for work with young people (11-18 years).
We use a variety of assessment methods including presentations, essays, practical work, peer assessment and the final major research project. You’re expected to engage in a variety of development and learning activities such as peer study groups, research supervision and online learning support. You’re also required to engage in personal counselling.