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Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Skills Top-Up BSc (Hons)

Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Skills Top-Up BSc (Hons)

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Key Information

Start date:September

Institutional code:O10

UCAS code:PS88

Duration:1 year Full Time, 2 years Part-Time

Course type:Full-time and Part-time

Fees:Full-time £7500; Part-time £3750

Additional costs: None

Delivery Method:Face-to-face via Lectures, Seminars and Tutorials


BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Skills

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The BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Skills course will enable students to build upon and further their knowledge gained from study at Level 4 and 5, whilst supporting them to continue to develop their skills as counsellors. The course supports students to develop their research skills, whilst exploring contemporary developments within the field of counselling and psychotherapy.

The BSc (Hons) top up provides a bespoke opportunity to have an enhanced Counselling and Psychotherapeutic skills qualification, where students have the opportunity to explore and reflect on their current practices. Gain in-depth knowledge and advances on further counselling modalities including expressive therapies and CBT, as well as managing their own research project in their own area of interest, contributing to the wider research of Counselling and Psychotherapy as a whole.

Course content

Expressive Therapies and Alternative Counselling Platforms

Issues in Professional Practice

Contemporary Mental Health Perspectives

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Practice

Dissertation / Research Project

Placements and work experience

Students are encouraged to be in counselling practice (private, professional or voluntary) – but a specific number of placement hours is not required

What careers can the course lead to?

NHS and community mental health services
IAPT (the government’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies major initiative)
Employee support services
Schools and colleges
Counselling in the voluntary sector
Coaching and guidance services
Self-employment as a private therapist
Higher Education establishments
Mental Health support roles

Who will teach me?
Neil Dickson – Course Leader

Neil runs his own private counselling practice, working with clients from a variety of backgrounds, and presenting a wide range of issues. He specialises in working with clients who have experienced trauma.

Neil has proven results across thirteen years of educational practice, and has extensive experience of teaching Counselling from level 2 to level 6.
Neil is a member of the BACP, and regularly updates his own practice and learning through a variety of specialist courses and CPD events.

Jimmy Petruziello – Counselling Lecturer

Jimmy has a vast amount of experience in education and working in therapy and coaching, also practicing as a hypnotherapist.

Jimmy is also an author, radio broadcaster, and has worked and works in football for over 20 years. Jimmy is also the Co-Chair elect for the North West England BPS (British Psychological Society), and editor for BPS North of England Bulletin. Jimmy was a nominated candidate for the BPS President-Elect’s role in 2022 elections.

Teaching and Assessment methods

Coursework – Essays
Coursework – Case Studies
Practical Demonstrations

Facilities particular to the course

Lecture theatres with spaces for learning and practical skills
Blended learning technology rooms

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Entry Requirements

Foundation Degree or equivalent qualification in Counselling or similar. Applicants who possess significant professional experience and a level 5 Counselling Diploma may be considered for entry following an interview

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