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BA (Hons) top-up Counselling Studies (Part-Time)


This programme will top-up your foundation degree in counselling to a degree and will enable you to develop into a reflective practitioner. It will also develop your expertise in helping people to improve their wellbeing and quality of life. 

You will study modules that focus on areas such as therapeutic relationships, cognitive behavioural therapy, developing a personal integrative approach to counselling, plus the opportunity to carry out research in an area of counselling of your own choice.


This programme allows you to top-up a foundation degree in counselling to an honours degree. It will enable you to develop into a more reflective and informed counsellor. You will develop your professionalism by focussing on both theoretical and practical aspects of counselling. 

The programme also provides an opportunity for you to develop your skills as a researcher, as you will carry out an in depth study of an area of your own counselling interest in the form of a research project. You will benefit from discussions with your peers who will have a variety of counselling experiences to share and you can enjoy working collaboratively in a supportive environment. 


You will study the following core modules: 

  • Aspects of the Therapeutic Relationship
  • Planning and Designing the Primary Project
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Developing a Personal Integrative Approach to Counselling
  • Research Dissertation.


Thursday: 10am-5pm

*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Entry Criteria

Applicants should hold a counselling qualification with a value of 240 credits (120 at Level 4 and 120 at Level 5). 
This will normally be satisfied if applicants hold a Foundation Degree or Counselling Diploma. 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPEL): 
If you have previously studied on a similar award and have gained higher education credit at an equivalent level it may be possible to take this into account to gain exemptions from one or more modules. 

What next after BA (Hons) top-up Counselling Studies (Part-Time)?

You will be qualified to pursue a career as a Counsellor, however, it is possible to further embed your understanding of the industry by studying a Masters qualification.

BA (Hons) top-up Counselling Studies (Part-Time)

Durham, UK
Level 6, Level 6, Level 6, College Higher Education, Alternative Courses/Degrees

Published on 10 Jul 2020

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