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2024 location/dates and new BACP membership fees - 7 December 2023

"Student membership of BACP £82 annually (or £41 reduced fee if eligible)" has been increased to "Student membership of BACP £86 annually (or £43 reduced fee if eligible."

The days for 2024 entry's weekdays classes, weekend workshop and residential weekend dates are added.

Home/EU student fees status update - 19 June 2023

Webpage clarifies Home Student Fees status by de-pairing Home/EU. This is because post Brexit – academic year 2021-22 - the University charges EU students overseas fees.

Texts updates - 25 May 2023

The following texts from "Course overview" have been removed to avoid repetition:

The course will be delivered face-to-face on Thursdays from 10am – 5pm with occasional weekend workshops. In addition, students will need to do at least 4 hours study time per week, 20 hours of personal therapy over the 4 years and a minimum of 100 hours in a counselling placement from years 2 to 4, with fortnightly clinical supervision. We welcome applications from anyone who will be able to commit to these sessions.

The following texts from "Areas of Study" have been replaced with the current texts:

The core model is Humanistic and Relational. The foundation of this model is the person-centred approach which establishes the necessary conditions for therapeutic change and growth. From this foundation, you will be introduced to other perspectives that will enable you to integrate a range of ways of working therapeutically, from humanistic, experiential, psychodynamic and creative therapeutic approaches.

Your personal and academic learning will be well supported by peers, tutors and specialists in academic study skills. All tutors are qualified and practicing counsellors and psychotherapists and bring their own rich experiences to their teaching. You will also develop:

  • An in-depth understanding of the underlying philosophy and theories of a relational approach to counselling
  • An understanding of how to apply theory to counselling
  • A clearer understanding, and awareness of, your own attitudes and behaviour with other people
  • An ethical and reflective approach to practice with supervised client work in placements
  • Insight into counselling and psychotherapy professional developments, as well as the work of other mental health professionals
  • An understanding of the importance of working equitably with difference and diversity in counselling and psychotherapy, including race, culture, gender, sexuality, age, social class and neurodiversity
  • Confidence in how to use research, building towards doing a full empirical research project in Year 4, based on a theme relevant to Counselling and Psychotherapy that you are interested in.

The following texts under "Work-based learning" are also replaced with current texts:

Work-based learning and professional practice

This is a professional course and so is an opportunity to practise and study at the same time.

In your first year, as you develop your counselling skills, you will do a case study of a counselling agency to understand policies, procedures and the issues facing agencies and their clients. This helps you prepare for your counselling placement, which you are required to take on from year 2 until completion of the course, completing a minimum of 100 hours.

You will have the opportunity to work in a number of different placements giving you a rich variety of experience. Students have found placements agencies in a variety of well supported settings, including the NHS, schools, colleges, universities and community agencies.

Although it is your responsibility to find your placements, we have a strong relationship with many placement providers in the region, and can provide you with their contact details.

The placement hours required to be completed by students are in addition to the weekly course attendance and are as follows (students must ensure they can commit to these additional time commitments):

  • Years 2- 4 - 100 counselling placement hours + fortnightly supervision
  • Plus 20 hours minimum personal therapy across the whole course

Students will find their own placements with support from the course team.

BA (Hons) Counselling and the Psychotherapeutic Relationship - 2022 page

The old course page was archived in March 2023 to make way for the new course page.