The course will provide you with a range of opportunities to learn about yourself and develop the skills to become a fully qualified, BACP registered, Person-Centred Counsellor. A strong theoretical knowledge base, together with year one skills practice will prepare you for supervised counselling hours in your second year of training. Students experience a psychologically demanding programme which will challenge their world view.
Teaching staff are all qualified counsellors and practice within a range of therapeutic environments. Our graduates progress in to careers as counsellors or working in the allied professions. Some graduates move on to completing their masters in Psychology and Counselling.
‘The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change’.
(Carl Rogers 1961)
The BA (Hons) Person-Centred Counselling is a professional training in humanistic person-centred counselling / psychotherapy. This course is designed for those who have an interest in mental health, the human condition and a willingness to work with others in times of significant distress.
The course will involve a comprehensive study of Carl Rogers’ theory and practice contextualised in a range of key paradigms. Students have the opportunity to work with clients through the counselling service, clinical supervision is provided.
The DipHE in Person-centred Counselling is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and is studied by students at University Centre Colchester at Colchester Institute in year 1 and 2.
The BA (Hons) Person-Centred Counselling is studied over three years but the third year is not accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) on its own, however the BACP Framework for Ethical practice is embedded throughout the course.
In order to have been considered to have completed an accredited course candidates will need to have first completed the BACP accredited DipHe in Person-centred Counselling in year 1 and 2.
Delivery is through a range of methods including lectures, seminars, case-study, discussions and workshops. A variety of assessment strategies will be used including assignments, case studies, work-based projects, patchwork texts and extended research study/dissertation.
Undergraduate courses operate on a modular basis that provide flexibility and choice. Each module is worth a specified number of credits, with most modules counting for 30/40 or 15/20 academic credits (depending on the programme), with each credit taken equating to a total amount of study time which includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.
Most full-time students will take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. A total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits are needed for an honours degree as a whole. Overall grades for the course and degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.
Compulsory modules enable you to cover key subject knowledge whilst and optional allow you to develop your own interests. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of core modules at a given level. Our teaching is informed by research, professional practice and industry engagement and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline.
**Please note there is a charge of £44 for a DBS check.
*UCAS Tariff points where shown, are for entry on to higher education programmes starting from September 2019.
If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.
Additional requirements for International Students:
This qualification is useful for those who work in or wish to work in the health and social care professions; private counselling practice. Opportunities exist for progression to the BA (Hons) Person-Centred Counselling. This qualification will enable professional students in counselling to provide evidence of continuing professional development and undertake broader managerial and/or supervision duties.
Some graduates find employment within the NHS as part of the IAPT (improving access to psychological therapy) programme; others set up in private practice or work for voluntary organisations. It should be borne in mind that counselling/psychotherapy is not a full-time activity and that most therapists work part-time or have other occupations in allied sectors.
This qualification will enable professional students in counselling to provide evidence of continuing professional development and undertake broader managerial and/or supervision duties.
Further academic opportunities such as the MSc in Counselling Studies, available at the University of Essex.
Timetables: Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week.
Teaching and Learning: You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical’s. Seminars enable smaller group discussions to develop understanding of topics covered in lectures. You will use and have access to industry-standard software and facilities throughout your course.
When not attending lectures, seminars and laboratory or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, learning zone or technical learning resources, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations
Assessment: The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.
There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.
Feedback: You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.
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