BA (Hons) (Top-Up)
Leaflet Code: CR40248JFT


The BA (Hons) Counselling (Top up) programme is designed to provide an academic pathway for individuals aspiring to work within the field of the counselling professions, within private, voluntary, independent and statutory sectors.

The programme has been developed in response to continuing demand for counselling skills, training and mental health services in the region.

The award reflects contemporary applications of humanistic counselling modalities and other approaches, applicable to a range of client needs and professional settings. It equips the practitioner with the knowledge and skills recommended for best practice within a range of primary care.

The educational focus of the programme involves students building on existing knowledge and skills to enable their professional and academic development, and supports the concept of lifelong learning and continuing professional development.

Students will complete 70 hours of client casework (paid or unpaid) and undertake a minimum of 30 hours CPD.

The work placement and a supervisor must be sourced by yourselves and the cost of the supervision will be paid by yourself.

  • Shena Simon Campus
  • Full Time
  • 1 year
  • January 2025

Awarding Partner:

Sheffield Hallam University

You will be taught by a team of experienced educators with a wealth of knowledge and experience from the counselling profession.

All staff have or are working towards higher level Master’s and/or professional industry-based qualifications. Our staff maintain strong links with Sheffield Hallam University and regularly update their knowledge and skills with the university and through sector links and professional communities of practice.

• Foundation Degree or HND in Counselling or related sector

• Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling or equivalent

• Completed 100-hour placement within counselling setting

• Good level of spoken or written English

• Successful applicants will need a satisfactory current enhanced DBS

All candidates will be invited in for a formal interview and will need to complete an assessment task – skills demonstration and reflective writing activity

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) will be accepted in line with the University policy and procedures. This will mean that RPL paperwork will need to be completed and approved by an RPL panel.

All candidates who do not meet the standard entry requirement will be invited in for an interview and will be required to complete a written essay and carry out an individual presentation, to assess their suitability for the programme.

We understand that not all applicants may have these and encourage you to contact us to discuss further options available.

UCEN Manchester is unable to consider international applications due to UKVI regulations.

Compassion Focused Therapy (20 credits)

Contemporary Issues In Counselling (20 credits)

Counselling CPD (20 credits)

Dissertation (40 credits)

Mindfulness In Counselling (20 credits)

Level 6
100% Coursework, including written, discussions and presentations

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All of the books required for the course are available either from the library or as e-books. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. You may also need to print assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop and up to £60 each year for books and printing If undertaking work experience (which may be paid or unpaid) you may also need to factor in travel costs to your place of work.

BACP Membership £175 per year
Professional indemnity Insurance £50- £100 per year
CPD attendance up to £300 per year
Digital recording device £50 (phones are not allowed).
(These fees are approx. and the professional bodies may change)

Rates for supervisor costs start around £50.00 per hour, you will need 1.5 hours per month and be required for a minimum of 10 months.

UCEN Manchester does not provide supervisors directly. However, we do have affiliate supervisors that we would recommend, subject to availability.

(These fees are approx. and the professional bodies and supervisor’s costs may change)

You will have to cover the travel costs from and to the client casework, CPD conferences attendance and supervision sessions.

You will be required to have an enhanced DBS check for this course to ensure you meet both our and industry safeguarding requirements. Please note there will be an additional cost to your course fees to cover Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. Please see the GOV.UK website for DBS costs.

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here. The UCEN Manchester Admissions Policy and Procedure can be found here.