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BA (Hons) Humanistic & Integrative Counselling Top-Up

Who is the course for?

The course is designed to attract students who have completed a Level 4 or Level 5 award in Transactional Analysis training and who wish to build on existing knowledge and understanding and enhance practice. Those who have a Level 4 award will need to show evidence of ongoing CPD and may be asked to do two additional modules.

This programme has been developed and is delivered and assessed by Peter Symonds College, and is awarded and quality assured by Middlesex University. Students will receive an award from Middlesex University on successful completion.

What are the aims of the course?

The course aims to establish a learning environment for personal and professional development and to provide a safe environment in which students are able to share vulnerabilities and concerns and learn and develop from each other. The course will build upon and enhance knowledge, skills and theory underpinning the core philosophy and encourage students to develop their capacity for reflexivity and become a reflexive practitioner. Students will be encouraged to further integrate learning and practice and to commit to ongoing personal and professional development, allowing them to make informed decisions and to evaluate their practice in terms of its effectiveness.

What does the course involve?

Students will be expected to attend 7 monthly workshops and carry out 200 hours of 1:1 counselling. In addition, monthly supervision will be provided by the college, as well as a monthly Professional Development group (we aim to provide these on the same day). Students should undertake 40 hours of personal therapy with an appropriately qualified psychotherapis. This course is delivered over 8 weekends (Sat & Sun 09.30-17.30), plus an additional Sunday once per month for supervision and professional development. Please contact us for specific dates. Couse attendance: 8 weekends. 

Our aim is to offer a flexible approach to learning. Our degrees are classified as full time so that you can draw down a student loan. We use a 'blended approach to learning' where students are supported through a mixture of formal lectures, seminars, online materials and one to one tutorial support. Lecture and reading materials will be placed on the Moodle and each subject will have a discussion forum where you will be able to ask questions if you want to clarify an aspect of an assignment etc.

What topics will I be covering?

  • Students will study the following modules:
  • Professional Enquiry
  • Clinical Practice and Professional Development and Ethics
  • Schools of Transactional Analysis
  • Working with Groups: Group Therapy and Process

Do I need any previous knowledge or entry criteria?

Applicants for this course should either a Level 4 Diploma in Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis and evidence of ongoing CPD, or a Level 5 Foundation Degree (or equivalent) in Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis and evidence of ongoing professional development. All students will require a grade C or above in GCSE English (or equivalent).

How much time should I spend on home study?

In addition to the hours at college, you will be expected to ensure that time is set aside for: 1:1 counselling (approximately equivalent to one day per week), preparation for supervision, supervision and personal therapy, reading and research and maintaining a personal reflexive learning journal. In total, this could be the equivalent of two days a week.

What could the course lead to?

The course will provide the student with a good basis from which to obtain individual BACP accreditation. Successful students would also be able to access Masters Level courses in Psychotherapy.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be via assignments and an extended piece of research and will be ongoing. Self peer and group assessment will also be encouraged.

The fee for this course for 2020 entry is £5,750.

Any queries regarding this course should be directed to the Head of Counselling, Karen Hough, on


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Course Fee£5950
Courses Information

BA (Hons) Humanistic & Integrative Counselling Top-Up

Course Code: S11H
Course Dates: 11 Sep 2021 - 19 Jul 2022
Course Fees: £5950
Location: Weeke - AHED Centre

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