Farnborough College of Technology
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About this course

This degree is aimed to equip students who have completed a CPCAB Level 4 or CPCAB Level 4 & 5 Diploma in Counselling with an enhanced knowledge of the theories, philosophies and principles that underpin their clinical practice.

As such, it develops and extends the knowledge base acquired through previous study and professional development and progresses students’ ability to build, sustain and advance professional working relationships in order to support the meeting of diverse clients’ needs.

It continues to integrate a work-based model in which students are required to reflect upon occurrences in the workplace and use their experiences to inform and evaluate their own practice.

The programme is offered as a full-time top-up honours degree programme and is modular in structure, focusing on a number of essential themes in contemporary Counselling practice.

There is recognition of work-based learning and therefore attendance at college is one full day a week in term time with a compulsory 4-day workshop within the programme. The students are supported in the workplace by Supervisors and College tutors.


Fee Per Year £8000

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Studies include

How will I be taught?

The programme is structured to meet University of Surrey requirements and the educational aims of the award. These are all outlined in the Programme Specification document found under our Quality Assurance page, including further details such as the programme learning outcomes.

What modules are covered?

Students on this BSc top-up year will study 7 modules (6 at 15 credit points and 1 at 30 credit points)

  • Module 1 – Introduction to research
  • Module 2 – Academic Writing for Professional Practice
  • Module 3 – Counselling Theory
  • Module 4 – Working Professionally with Mental Health
  • Module 5 – Reflective Practice
  • Module 6 – Clinical Placement
  • Module 7 – Research Project

How will I be assessed?

Candidates will be assessed on the basis of written and oral assignments and the submission of a completed research project.

In addition, in order to achieve the award: BSc (Hons) Therapeutic Counselling (Top-up), students must achieve 120 credits at Level 6. Level 6 credits provide the overall classification for the Honours degree.

Some counselling placements may not provide internal supervision; therefore, the student will need to arrange this. There may be a further cost implication for external supervision.

Supervision must be at least 1-hour fortnightly; to a client counselling ratio of 1-hour supervision to every 4 client hours. Students must attend supervision regardless of client flow.

Students must secure a counselling placement, approved by the tutor/s which provides the opportunity to obtain 60 clinical and supervised counselling hours.

Students must gain satisfactory reports from their Supervisor specifically agreeing their competence in working with clients, to gain the award.

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What Next?

This programme has been designed to ensure that graduates have the appropriate skills, knowledge and understanding required in the sector to allow progression on to further counselling qualifications such as an MSc or MA in Counselling or a specialised Post Graduate counselling qualification.

Careers progression therefore includes:

  • MSc or MA in Counselling
  • Level 7 qualification (Masters) in a related field
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Entry Requirements

What is the entry process?

You can apply for this higher education course in the following ways:

  • Via the UCAS website. Visit www.ucas.com and browse the courses available under 'University Centre Farnborough'. 
  • Directly to University Centre Farnborough via the button on this webpage. Applications take around 15 minutes and are free of charge. You can apply to us direct at any time in the year (including after the UCAS deadline). Applications of this type are seperate to the UCAS system, which means you could also apply for more than the five universities that UCAS allows.

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

The BSc top-up programme requires candidates to have successfully completed the CPCAB Level 4 or CPCAB Level 4 & 5 Diploma in Counselling.

All candidates will be required to attend an interview before joining the programme. Interviewers will be seeking evidence of:

  • Ability to write and discuss assignments at undergraduate level
  • Recent reading of counselling research literature
  • Reflection on learning experiences from recent and relevant courses


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