BA (Hons) Contemporary Approaches to Counselling (Top Up)

This course is primarily designed for face to face learning with you attending your lessons for the specified hours within the validation document. However, there may be periods of study where the government advises TEC Partnership that it is not safe to open campuses or there is limited access due to social distancing measures. If the Campus is closed TEC Partnership will continue to deliver your sessions online and offer you the necessary support and resources remotely. If there is limited access due to social distancing measures a blended model will be adopted with some lessons happening in small groups and others happening using online sessions and support.

 

This top-up gives students an opportunity to study at level 6 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 the 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 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 be 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

Whilst not a requirement of this programme, in terms of mental well-being and support it is expected that students would access personal therapy where appropriate.

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 and will have achieved the accreditation necessary to practice as a counsellor.

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

  • Dissertation
  • The Changing Face of Trauma
  • Professional Conduct and Ethical Considerations in Today’s Diverse Society
  • Contemporary Counselling Specialisms
  • Contemporary Theoretical Counselling

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

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.

 

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:

  • Research Project
  • Presentations
  • Essays

For more information about assessment, including guidance on marking, feedback and plagiarism, please refer to the HE Assessment Policy (section 5) and the programme spec for course-specific information.

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

  • A reflective practitioner with a level 5 qualification in counselling
  • Applicants from a field other than counselling must hold a level 5 qualification in an associated area of study

This programme does not result in a professional qualification or licence to practice.

As this is not a professional qualification/licence to practice, it is expected that students applying for the programme will have already achieved the accreditation to practice as a counsellor

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