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Therapeutic Counselling (Top-up)

Therapeutic Counselling (Top-up)
BA (Hons)

C895 BA/TCoun


Course overview

This course aims to provide further development opportunities for counsellors and meet continuing professional development requirements. You acquire a sound theoretical framework, and develop practitioner skills by reflecting on your practice and undertaking relevant research.

This is an award of Teesside University delivered in partnership with Stockton Riverside College (01642 865400). The course runs at the college, not at Teesside University, on Fridays 10.00am - 4.00pm.**Days and times may change


Course details

Course structure

Core modules

A Therapeutic Framework for Working with Diversity

Client Issues in Therapeutic Practice

Client Issues in Therapeutic Practice introduces you to the theoretical concepts associated with diverse client issues and consider different theoretical responses to a range of client issues, linking theoretical knowledge to practice. The focus will be to consider the most appropriate approach to use when dealing with specific issues and concerns.

Counselling Research

Counselling Research introduces you to the relationship between theory, research and practice through consideration of a range of research methods appropriate to counselling. You develop an enhanced ability to critically evaluate research papers and articles, skills in research design and the confidence necessary to conduct either a small scale empirically-based research study or a systematic review.


Your dissertation is based around the investigation of a topic linked to your programme of study, selected by you in consultation with a dissertation supervisor. It represents a core compulsory element for British Psychological Society membership accreditation.

The dissertation involves a poster presentation, a pass/fail ethical approval and a written project report. It also includes a PDP element which involves you creating a personal statement and a CV written to address the person specifications of a graduate job.

Theory and Practice of Group Counselling

Theory and Practice of Group Counselling introduces you to the competencies required for working in therapeutic groups. It does not provide training to work as a group therapist but instead highlights the complexities of working therapeutically with groups. You examine basic elements of the group process, theoretical approaches to group counselling, integration and application. You consider group leadership including recognising diversity in groups, ethical and professional issues, and stages in the development of a group, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural and person-centred perspectives of group work, goals of counselling groups and the evolution of a group.


Modules offered may vary.


How you are assessed

To achieve the BA (Hons) Degree in Therapeutic Counselling candidates need to both demonstrate a high level of academic competence and the ability to think critically about their own counselling practice. This is achieved through a variety of written academic assignments, oral presentations, observation and reflection of practice together with a research dissertation exploring a topic relevant to their practice.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are an NQF Level 5 Foundation degree in Counselling or an equivalent qualification. Any candidate who has already completed a research study as part of a different degree programme at level 5 or above and who has a NQF level 4 Diploma in Counselling may be considered for entry onto the programme.

Due to the nature of the programme candidates will need to provide written references from two sources. One of these should be an academic reference with the other being their clinical advisor in order to demonstrate their appropriateness to undertake and cope with the academic requirements. Levels of maturity and commitment to the course and professional development will be evaluated from reference material and during the interview process. The BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice supports equality of opportunity whilst recognising responsibility and change as an on-going process. During the application process the counselling team will be referring to the ethical principles of counselling and the course fitness to practice policy to promote open and honest dialogue.

Because this course is taught at Stockton Riverside College, this course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students.

Suitable candidates will be invited for interview.

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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Career opportunities

Possible progress would be on to postgraduate degree courses. Successful candidates may also wish to pursue British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy accreditation.


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Entry to 2020/21 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£13,000 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 1 year; Top-up Award (Point of entry: Year 3)
  • UCAS code: C895 BA/TCoun
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: 80-104 tariff points

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2020/21 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£4,500 (120 credits)

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