Counselling and Psychotherapy (Top-Up) BA (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (1 year)


Please note: this course is open to UK and EU applicants only, as it is a work-based course.

Teaching times

One day per week. Thursday 9.30am–5.30pm. We offer an alternative ½ day per week attendance pattern which may be available depending on student numbers; please enquire with Renew on 01245 264348 if interested.


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.

Full description


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.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • Person-Centered Theory
    This module provides an overview of person-centred theory and practice, and also allows you to focus in depth on a specific concept or development in the person-centred field. You'll develop your understanding of classical person-centred theory and of contemporary developments. The work you carry out on this module can be used to support the research dissertation.
  • Introduction to Research Methods and Design in Counselling and Psychotherapy
    This module provides a foundation in research methods and design, where you’ll evaluate research, identify a relevant topic for study and design a research project. It supports the preparation and planning phases of your research dissertation for the Undergraduate Major Project module. You’ll engage in peer supervision groups and peer feedback tasks to support your learning on this module.
  • Undergraduate Major Project
    The major project is an effective and exciting way to learn about counselling research first hand, by designing and carrying out an original, individual study of your own. This module allows you to engage in a substantial piece of individual research where you'll collect, organise and analyse data focused on a topic relevant to the field of counselling and psychotherapy. Your research project may be either a) a literature-based project, or b) an active participant-based project.

Year one, optional modules

  • Diversity in Adult Counselling (Optional Route A)
    An overview of the context of counselling adults, with a particular focus on sex and sexuality, and a variety of issues that adults are likely to present with - for example infertility, domestic violence, addictions and depression. You'll choose an area or issue to focus on and explore this in terms of your chosen theory and in relation to your own professional practice.
  • Digital Media in Therapy (Optional Route A)
    This module is designed to introduce you to the practical use of digital media in the therapeutic context. You’ll critically analyse the use of digital media in therapy, the influence on the therapeutic context and potential ethical issues. You'll also examine trends and context of social media for clients, and you’ll explore your own relationship and experience with digital technology.
  • Counselling Practice - Children and Young People (Optional Route B)
    Build on your existing professional skills and knowledge in relation to counselling children and young people. You’ll work with a range of creative materials and there will be a focus on practical and experiential learning using play and art materials. This module is designed to help you meet a number of BACP Competences for work with young people (11-18 years).


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.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

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.

Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.

Where can I study?

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2018/19 (per year)


How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your fees in the following ways.

Tuition fee loan

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.

How to apply for a tuition fee loan

Paying upfront

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.

How to pay your fees directly

Funding for UK & EU students

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.

Entry requirements

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  • You must demonstrate current professional registration with a relevant organisation such as the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), UKCP or equivalent.
  • You must hold a recognised Diploma in Counselling or equivalent.

Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

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