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Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA (Hons)) in Counselling Solutions Top-Up

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The BA in Counselling Solutions is designed to equip existing qualified practitioners to work in diverse professional settings. The course provides specific theoretical approaches linked to offering solutions targeted to assess and meet clients’ needs in answer to problems such as anxiety and depression, which are encountered in a wide range of settings.

In line with the QAA benchmark statement, it will enable practitioners “to work alongside legal and ethical frameworks” and enable practitioners to consider ethical dilemmas and formulate responses and actions in an appropriate manner.

The aims of the programme are:

• To develop a critical understanding of Solution Focused and CBT concepts

• To develop a critical understanding of theoretical approaches and their application to specific issues (anxiety, depression)

• To develop an enhanced understanding of complex issues encountered in the counselling field, such as addiction, OCD and trauma

• To develop self-awareness and reflexivity in relation to self and others

• To enhance practitioners’ professional skills

• To gain academic competence and enhance research skills

• To develop inclusive practice, taking on challenges in complex environments, working face to face, online and on the phone

Students are expected to develop their own independent thinking in order to develop their professional and personal identity. There is a specific emphasis throughout the course on the integration of theory and practice and the use of supervision.

  • Course Level

    Level 6

  • Ucas Code


The BA in Counselling Solutions offer is a combination of lectures, small group work, seminars and practice skills.

The course consists of:
Module 1: Solutions for Depression (Solution Focused Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy and CBT) (20 Credits)

Module 2: Research and Practice (online/blended, focusing on the use of the VLE) (20 Credits)

Module 3: Solutions for Anxiety (Systemic, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural approaches) (20 Credits)

Module 4: Solutions for Complexities (addiction, trauma, the self of the therapist, difference and diversity (20 Credits)

Module 5: Clinical Placement and Contemporary Practice, including 50 supervised clinical practice hours

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course offers a range of assessment strategies aimed at developing critical awareness and reflexivity in professional and personal contexts. The students ‘learning is vertically linked in order to be developmental and congruent.
Assessment is designed to enable students to develop and refine their skills as reflexive practitioners according to QAA benchmarks.
Summative assessment:
-Written assignments
-Seminar papers critiques
-Portfolio which will include a reflexive piece on practice, course learning and supervision

Applicants should have a counselling qualification at Level 5 and access to a practice base. They should also meet standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent qualification and be competent in the use of IT and have regular access to the internet

The course is for qualified counselling practitioners wishing to access further professional and academic qualifications.

The course is designed to enable students who are in full time and part time employment to develop their skills in order to explore wider employment opportunities and function as skilled and critical contemporary practitioners.
After successful completion, students could apply to study a Masters in Contemporary Relationship Studies, building on the theoretical concerts gained.


Apply or enquire about this course

To apply for this course, you will need to complete an application via Ucas. You can do this via the Ucas website, using the following details.

  • Course code: B940
  • Institution code: N64
  • Campus name: University Centre Doncaster
  • Campus code: D

Apply on the Ucas website Make an enquiry Call 0800 358 74 74

Course Fees

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 for example:

- Books (you’ll 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)
- Trips and enhancement opportunities

If your programme includes a work placement, you may be required to pay for a Basic or Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Information for EU Students

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