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BA (Hons) Therapeutic Counselling and Psychotherapy (Top-up)

  • Course Type: Undergraduate Degree
  • Institution Code: P56
Course overview

What can this course lead to?

After graduating, you will be able to apply for jobs with a Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) emphasis within the NHS, charity, or education sectors. You will also be able to progress onto a masters programme.

Just some of the future careers for graduates after completing the course include:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) Counsellor
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Counselling Psychologist
  • Advice Worker
  • Social Worker
  • Set up your own practice

Who is it for?

This one year top-up course is aimed to develop your understanding of person centered and cognitive behaviour theory (CBT) counselling theories. It is designed to offer progression from the Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling which is offered by University Centre Peterborough.

This course is unique as it brings CBT skills and knowledge into a person-centred Framework of working utilising a pluralistic approach which puts clients’ needs at the heart of the counselling process.

You will develop a critical understanding of counselling and be able to devise and sustain arguments, solve problems and use techniques of theoretical approaches to your application of specific issues.

The course modules were designed to be industry appropriate around te field of person-centred therapy, cognitive behaviour theory (CBT) and psychopathology. They meet the needs of employers and will enable you as a qualified counsellor to develop your skills and knowledge as part of the professional development requirements.

The skills gained on the course will enable you to become a skilled and reflective practitioner with a CBT emphasis so your can progress into a variety of counselling careers within the NHS, charity or education sectors.

The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 20 students.

This qualification is awarded by The Open University and delivered by University Centre Peterborough.

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What is covered?

You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

Year one for full-time students (Level 6)

  • PC & CBT Counselling Theory (30 credits)
  • Working Professionally with Mental Health (30 credits)
  • Reflective Ethical Practice (20 credits)
  • Research Methods (40 credits)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

•        A recognised Diploma in Counselling or equivalent at Level 5, or a Counsellor with a Level 4 qualification with 2 years’ experience and a Level 5 qualification in another relevant subject.
•        Formal training in counselling and/or psychotherapy
•        Meet the National Counselling Society (NCS) supervised practice requirements of 100 hours or equivalent
•        Demonstrate current professional registration with a relevant organisation e.g BACP, NCS, UKCP or equivalent
•        An enhanced DBS check

Candidates will be invited to an interview where they must provide evidence of the following:
•        Ability to write and discuss assignments at an undergraduate level
•        Recent reading of counselling research literature
•        Reflection on learning experiences from recent and relevant courses

Course information
Ucas Code
University Centre Peterborough
Start Date
The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate students will be £8,250 per year, which is lower compared with many other universities.Fees for part-time study are pro-rata depending on the number of credits you are studying (i.e. 90 credits per year will be 75% of the tuition fee).There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.

1 year (1 full day a week over two semesters per year)

Validated by
The Open University
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