Course overview

Counselling Top-Up Year City of Bristol College

A BA (Hons) Counselling degree which builds on existing Counselling training at Foundation Degree/Diploma level to provide an academic Top Up qualification and continuing professional development.

If you are working in private practice, agency settings, statutory or not for profit services this course can help you to develop your professional competencies in a range of areas and enhance your employability in the counselling field. You will develop key skills and knowledge to complement your role as a Counselling professional.

The programme will equip you with contemporary counselling knowledge, theory and skills and the ability to critically reflect on counselling texts, research, ideas and practice. The experience of conducting research will equip students to work alongside other graduate professionals.

Institution name: BCBC
Institution code: B77
Campus name: Ashley Down Centre
Campus code: B
Course code: YA4M

Additional information

Who is this course for?

This course is a Level 6 top-up progression route to a Bachelor’s Degree with Honours. It is for students who have successfully completed a Level 5 Foundation Degree/qualification in Counselling.

Furthermore, the BA (Hons) Counselling Top Up is intended to create a seamless progression route from our Level 2 and 3 provision in Counselling.

What you'll learn

The BA (Hons) Counselling builds upon the curriculum design of the FdA Counselling at City of Bristol College. It offers you the opportunity to expand the knowledge you acquired at Level 5.

During the course, you will engage with critical contemporary counselling issues, including:

  • managing sustainable delivery
  • teamwork and collaborative practice
  • responding to vulnerability and crisis
  • working with eco-anxiety
  • developing transcultural competencies.

The course covers counselling research, collaborative practice, leadership, coaching and mentoring.

Modules will include:

  • Collaborative practice: Identifying and working with Counselling Stakeholders
  • Research Dissertation
  • Leadership in a Counselling setting
  • Counselling within a contemporary context: working with culture, diversity and difference
  • Coaching and Mentoring.

Course entry requirements

Entry to the programme is through UCAS. You need 240 credits.

All applicants must have:

  • GCSEs (or equivalent) in maths and English at Grade 4 (C) or above.
  • A Foundation Degree in Counselling or a related subject, or achieved 120 Level 4 Credits and 120 Level 5 (or higher) Credits in related subjects.

All candidates will be required to attend an interview before joining the programme.

Interviewers will be seeking evidence of:

  • Ability to write and discuss assignments at level 6.
  • Recent reading of Counselling research literature with identifiable area of interest.
  • Ability to critically evaluate own practice and personal and professional development.
  • Reflective awareness around experiences from recent and relevant courses.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

The course will be run one day a week for one Academic Year.

Delivery includes:

  • Lectures; seminars; online and virtual learning platforms, collaborative study; critical reading, writing and listening; interdisciplinary practice; directed and independent study; evaluations; study skills; workshops and lectures delivered by guest speakers with specialisms.
  • Individual tutorial support will be a significant component of the mode of study, as will formative self, peer and tutor assessment.

Mode of assessments include:

  • reports, presentations, simulated coaching/mentoring sessions, case studies and a dissertation.

Future career and study opportunities

There are various options for pursuing further Counselling training at Level 7 including Master’s degrees at a number of educational institutions.

Graduates from this programme may seek roles in a variety of Counselling /Healthcare settings and can enhance their existing role as a Private Practitioner.

Additional costs

You will be required to pay tuition fees.

As a City of Bristol College student, you may also incur additional costs to attend your course. For example, it is likely you may need to pay for travel and stationery.

Many courses offer learning opportunities that you may need to pay for. This may include things like study visits and visiting speakers. We will let you know in advance if there will be additional costs.

If you are on a limited income, you may be able to receive financial support.

To keep everyone safe, we’ve reduced the number of people in our buildings at one time. Most of our courses include sessions taught at the college supported by online learning. 

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