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BA (Hons) Humanistic & Integrative Counselling Top-Up

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This programme is quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion.


Who is the course for?

This course is for those students who have successfully completed a Level 5 Foundation Degree or Diploma. Those who have successfully completed a Level 4 Diploma may be considered for a place on the course and will need to show evidence of professional and personal development since completing the Level 4 course. They will be required to complete an additional module to prepare them for study at Level 6 and an additional fee will apply. Please contact the Counselling team for further information.

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 provide an opportunity to engage in further study and to inculcate a lifelong interest and willingness to explore various aspects of counselling and thus enhance the student's capacity to develop personal and professional resources.

What does the course involve?

  • Attendance at weekend modules (Saturday and Sunday from 9:30am – 5:30pm)
  • Monthly supervision
  • attendance at Professional Development Group
  • 40 hours personal therapy
  • 200 hours client work which is equivalent to one day a week
  • maintaining a personal reflective learning journal.

What topics will I be covering?

Course structure and module chartModules include: Professional Enquiry, Clinical Practice and Professional Development and Ethics, Expanding Vision and Practice, Working with Brief Therapy, Working with Couples and Relationships and Working with Existential Dilemmas. See course structure chart for details of the modules you will study. Timings of modules may change depending on the availability of specialist staff. 

Do I need any previous knowledge or entry criteria?

Level 4 Diploma in Humanistic Counselling plus evidence of CPD or a Level 5 Diploma in Humanistic Counselling or the equivalent. All students must have GCSE English (or equivalent) at Grade C / 4-9 or above. Applicants with a Level 4 Diploma will be required to complete an additional module to prepare them for study at Level 6.

How much time should I spend on home study?

In addition to the hours at College you will be expected to set time aside for:

  • one to one counselling (equivalent to one day a week)
  • preparation for supervision
  • supervision and personal therapy
  • reading and researching
  • preparation of assessments
  • maintaining a personal reflective learning journal.

 In total this could be equivalent to 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. The successful student would be able to access Masters level courses in psychotherapy and / or counselling.

How will I be assessed?

Students will be actively involved in the assessment processes through self, group and peer assessment. The major vehicle for assessment will be the Personal Reflective Learning Journal which students maintain throughout the course of the year. In addition to this there are formal written assessments one of which will involve research.

Who will assess me?

Students will be assessed by the supervisor and tutors in addition to their peers. A selection of assignments will be second marked and, in order to have quality assurance, an external examiner will look at a selection of work and the portfolios

The fee for this course for 2022 entry is £5,950.

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Course Fee£5950
Courses Information

BA (Hons) Humanistic & Integrative Counselling Top-Up

Course Code: S11H
Course Dates: 17 Sep 2022 - 02 Jul 2023
Course Fees: £5950
Location: Weeke - AHED Centre

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