The University Centre at North Lindsey College has successfully delivered a Foundation Degree (FdA) in Counselling for a number of years, in collaborative partnership with the University of Hull. The FdA addresses the sector minimum theory standards, laid down by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), for students wishing to become professional counsellors.
This one year long programme, the BA Counselling Top up, has been developed as a further opportunity for students with the FdA or a similar award and is intended to support the transformation to higher level functioning as a professional, meeting the increasing demands placed on those working with others. Students may explore their counselling career options and are encouraged to plan their own professional development.
As full time students, attending classes one day per week and undertaking a minimum of 50 hours of supervised counselling practice, students will explore the five modules listed below.
The degree is validated and awarded by The University of Hull.
UCAS Course Code: 18B6
5 Modules: The areas of study will build directly onto modules undertaken on the UCNL FdA Counselling:
Advanced Theoretical Concepts in Practice – Developing conceptual understanding of counselling theories and approaches, this module builds on the Level 4 and Level 5 Theoretical Concepts in Counselling modules, exploring the current thinking on best practice.
Working with Groups, Therapeutic and Supervision Group Facilitation – This module will focus on the specific skills that students need to develop to offer group counselling and facilitation of supervision groups. This interactive module will explore rationales for groupwork, facilitator competencies, client selection and groupwork dynamics and interventions.
Mental Health and Wellbeing, Mental Wellbeing and Illness across the age spectrum – this module will explore mental health and mental illness, covering wellness, recovery and prevention strategies so as to best respond to the complexities of mental health across the spectrum of age and diversity
Professional Practice, Preparing for professional accreditation and practice – this module will draw together and develop the key aspects of professionalism extending knowledge gained whilst studying for the FdA Counselling. Consideration will be given to reflective, critical and ethical practice. The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Standards will be explored in relation to personal competencies in practice alongside service delivery and business models that students may wish to develop as practitioners.
Dissertation Module Individual research, building on the FDA Counselling Research Methods module and acting as a culmination of studies, this module provides the opportunity to carry out a small-scale research project in the form of a dissertation. Students will build on the work of earlier levels and choose a topic pertinent to them and their setting. They will review the range of research designs, methodological approaches, carry out field work and collect data through appropriate methods. Ethical issues will be addressed, including the key principles of anonymity, confidentiality and informed consent
This programme leads on from the UCNL FdA Counselling. Candidates are expected to have undertaken this or a similar programme elsewhere. If this is not your background then perhaps the FdA Counselling award would be more suitable. Please get in touch to discuss this.
Applicants will be expected to demonstrate relevant and recent experience of working with client based practice.
In the first instance we encourage you to make contact via the HE Information and Advice Office to discuss the programme informally.
Student loans and maintenance grants/loans may be applied for through Student Finance England.
In terms of further study students may decide to apply and progress to Masters Level Counselling or Psychotherapy Studies at selected universities. You may wish to undertake further training in specialised therapeutic interventions. You will also become able to practice as a counsellor, either within an organisation or working independently, once you have completed the full BACP practice requirements. The programme has been designed to support individuals with these transitions.
This programme is continuously assessed using a range of methods including case studies, presentations, observations of practice, reports, essays and reflective journals. There are no examinations included as part of this programme
It is a professional requirement that students receive clinical supervision when on a counselling placement and there will be an additional cost incurred for this by the student. Your Tuition fees cover the majority of costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition and assessment).
There may be some extra costs that you might need to make or choose to pay.
Books (you will have access to books from your module reading lists in the HE library, but you may want to buy your own copies).
Printing and photocopying.
If your programme includes a work placement, you may be required to pay for a Basic or Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check