Part-time undergraduate (2 years)
Our exciting course is designed for qualified counsellors and psychotherapists to top up their training to a full BA (Hons) and engage in practical research. You’ll develop your skills, knowledge, clinical practice and enhance employability with a choice of two specialist routes: Counselling Adults or Counselling Children and Young People.
This is a vibrant course, designed to challenge you professionally, personally, and academically. The aim of the BA (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy is to provide a professional post qualification progression route from Diploma to a full BA (Hons) award. In addition this course offers a choice of two optional specialist routes.
Route A. Adult. This route offers you the chance to develop your understanding of therapeutic work with adults with a specific focus on sexual issues in therapy. It also offers an innovative module introducing you to the emerging area of digital media in therapy.
Route B. Children & Young People. This route is designed to meet a number of the BACP Competences for working with young people (2014). This will help build skills and knowledge that enable you to develop a clinical specialism with children and young people, with a specific focus on working with creative media.
In the first semester you’ll explore person-centred theory in depth and will develop, present and peer review a seminar paper. You’ll also form study and supervision groups to support your learning. You’ll then develop a fundamental understanding of research in counselling and psychotherapy, which will prepare you for the research project and dissertation undertaken during the last semester.
This level 6 course aims to produce reflective practitioners who can understand and demonstrate the ethical, practical and academic skills and knowledge required of an effective counsellor working principally within a humanistic or person-centred approach. The course aims to enable you to work and contribute at the cutting edge in the field.
This course will help you develop your career, clinical experience and interests. Carrying out research can open up new directions in your career and develop skills that are attractive to employers. With our Adult pathway you’ll gain cutting edge skills and knowledge with digital media in therapy, in addition to developing understanding of working with issues such as sex, sexuality and addiction. With our Child and Young Person pathway you’ll develop practical skills in working therapeutically with creative materials and gain an understanding of issues such that affect therapeutic work with different age groups. This pathway meets a number of BACP Competences for humanistic counselling with young people (2014) which can enable you to develop this area as a clinical specialism.
We use a variety of assessment methods including presentations, essays, practical work, peer assessment and the final major research project. You’re expected to engage in a variety of development and learning activities such as peer study groups, research supervision and online learning support. You’re also required to engage in personal counselling.
The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.
With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.
At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly, supportive and experienced staff. With over 150 research students across our three doctoral programmes (PhD; DProf and EdD), we provide the multi-disciplinary perspective and potential for academic debate that reflects our position as a leader in practitioner-focused and practice-led research studies.
Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.
You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, social services, local and regional authorities, schools and academic institutions.
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You can pay your fees in the following ways.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
From September 2018, EU students starting an undergraduate degree with us can access an £800 bursary.
Meanwhile, our £400 Books Plus scheme helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.
Important additional notes
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