BA (hons) Contemporary Approaches to Counselling (Top Up) 'Subject to Validation'

This BA Top gives students an opportunity to study at Higher Education level enabling them to develop academic, research, reflective and critical thinking together with study and analytical skills.  The development of such skills will enhance professional practice in counselling and other related fields, such as guidance officers, police officers and nursing profession. 

This programme may also encourage students to move towards further study onto a Master qualification to gain, knowledge and understanding applicable to specialised roles within counselling or to move into the field of counselling research or research in related areas such as social work. 

The programme may be of interest to people in supervisory or middle management roles currently working in related fields such as Mental Health, Health and Social Care or Early Years.  Students from such backgrounds may find the programme appealing for personal and professional development.

The programme aims to retain current Foundation Degree students who would continue to level 6.  It also allows for external applicants holding a level 5 in a relevant discipline.

The programme is based on the principles of reflective practice, critical analysis and contextualised learning and research and is designed to deepen cognitive and reasoning skills which will enhance professional practice.

On this programme students will integrate theory and practice and apply learning to inform professional development and practice.  Students will employ autonomous and independent learning strategies to engage in critical reflection and ethical and sensitive research. 

Participation in research will involve the use of a range of methodologies relevant to their specialism.  This will develop their understanding of the role of counselling research within practice and in the development and promotion of advancements in counselling. 

The programme is built on the following educational and learning principles:

  • A person-centred approach
  • Deepening understanding of the synergy between counselling theory and counselling practice
  • Developing skills of reflective practice and strategic thinking to engage with ethical, professional and legal dilemmas under the direction and with reference to the BACP Ethical Framework 2018.
  • Acquiring a deep understanding of self and own patterns of relating
  • Gaining skills of critical analysis and evaluation which can be applied to complex information and arguments.

To communicate effectively with others

  • Modules will have both taught elements and independent study in a blended learning approach. Some taught sessions will be delivered on our teams online platform, which can be recorded and accessed outside of the timetable. Along with online tasks which students can complete autonomously and have assessed by the tutor. Taught sessions will include lectures, discussions, group work, presentation of research and experiential exercises
  • Participation in skills sessions within the classroom will give students an opportunity to critically evaluate and analyse ‘live material’ with a view to enhancing identified strengths and evolving potential of their professional self
  • Regular individual tutorials
  • Peer group supervision of case work
  • The college offers study support, library and electronic resources and ICT facilities

 

What will I study?

Applicants for this programme of study will have already achieved a relevant level 5 qualification.  This programme will therefore expand and build upon theoretical principles, personal and professional development and counselling skills achieved at level 5.

Key topics and focus of study for this level 6 programme will include:

  • Contemporary Subject Specialisms
  • The Changing Face of Trauma
  • Research
  • Professional conduct & ethics
  • The integration of theoretical concepts

Throughout this programme the skills of critical thinking, evaluation and analysis will be developed to enhance personal and professional development the use and application of research to inform practice and to heighten awareness of societal needs and issues around mental well-being thus increasing employability.

It is compulsory to achieve all modules in order to gain the qualification.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment approaches will reflect teaching and learning strategies following the Quality Assurance standards of East Riding College and University of Hull.

The assignment briefs provide students with a range of assessment tools, for example:

  • Demonstrating knowledge and understanding through written assignments, which form essays, reports and literary reviews, case studies and dissertation
  • Analysis of practice through critical evaluation and reflection
  • Informal observations of skills

How will the course be delivered?

Delivery will take place one day via 1x 5 hour session (afternoon) plus 2 hours online. 1 hour tutorials will be available each semester in addition to on-going weekly support of the individual needs of students.

Modules will have both taught elements and independent study in a blended learning approach. Some taught sessions will be delivered on our teams online platform, which can be recorded and accessed outside of the timetable.  Along with online tasks which students can complete autonomously and have assessed by the tutor. Taught sessions will include lectures, discussions, group work, presentation of research and experiential exercises.

  • Participation in skills sessions within the classroom will give students an opportunity to critically evaluate and analyse ‘live material’ with a view to enhancing identified strengths and evolving potential of their professional self
  • Regular individual tutorials
  • Peer group supervision of case work
  • The college offers study support, library and electronic resources and ICT facilities

Entry requirements

Progression from Foundation Degree Contemporary Approaches to Counselling.

Non-standard entry form students with other relevant qualifications which include counselling practice.

What next?

It is hoped that by achieving this programme, students will develop transferable, professional, evidence based and work-based knowledge which will enhance their professional and employability skills required for working with adults and young people. The programme will also provide students with a thorough knowledge and understanding of theories of human personality, ethical and professional practice together with an ability  to evaluate own practice, to manage a case load and to work with an attitude of respect and mutual co-operation with other professionals.  This will develop personal and professional autonomy and responsibility. Knowledge and understanding, intellectual and practical skills developed on the BA will lend itself to progression onto an MA. On the top up learning reflects the explanation and evaluation of theories, concepts and ideas which they can translate into their practice.

Additional information

Validated by the University of Hull