B.A. Counselling (top up)

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • 11200
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
This Counselling (top up) programme from the University of Greenwich has been specifically designed for practicing counsellors already qualified to diploma or foundation degree level and working in paid employment, private practice or a voluntary setting. It provides a unique opportunity for counsellors to deepen their understanding of counselling theory and practice, to gain more understanding of client issues and how to work with them, undertake a research project and gain a degree at the same time.



Research into counselling outcomes has consistently demonstrated that it is the quality of the relationship between the client and counsellor that has the most profound effect. It is this quality of the relationship - based on a deep knowledge of the self and the other - that lies at the heart of this course. The theoretical framework is humanistic with the clinical focus on person-centred and Gestalt theory and practice. These schools of thought are best understood within an existential view of life and the individual, allied to notions of freedom of choice, self-responsibility and the search for meaning based on genuineness and self-realisation. Skills development includes working creatively in therapy and explores the theory and methods such as bodywork, imagery and dreams.


Lectures and seminars are offered in each subject and you will also have regular tutorial contact and progress reviews. You will be assessed through written assignments, practical observations (tutor, peer and self-reflection), theory assignments, learning portfolios, presentations, case studies, work with audio, video and transcripts.

Career options

Top up to a degree in one year on the Counselling BA Hons at the College, following successful completion of the Foundation Degree, to expand your understanding of counselling practices or apply for alternative degrees at related institutions. Opportunities include a practising counsellor in counselling centres, agencies, surgeries, hospitals, schools, businesses and private practices or related fields.

Progression routes

BA Hons Counselling at Guidford College and BA Hons Integrative Counselling at University of Greenwich.

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

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  • There is no deadline for this start date.

Dates reflect the university's timezone.

Tuition fee
  • GBP11200 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • GBP9000 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Credits 240
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Part-time variant Flexible

Course Content

Year 1

  • Academic skills for professional practice; clinical practice - existential theories of the world and the person
  • Personal development - deeper awareness of self, other and relationships
  • Professional development - issues around practice
  • Work-based learning - informal placement progressing towards clinical placement.

Year 2

  • Integration of theory and practice - creative and experimental practices and other models
  • Personal Integration through practising: develop a style in clinical work
  • Deepening attention: professional and personal development

Special course features

  • BACP accredited course - the key benchmark for counselling training to competent practitioner
  • Designed to provide recognition for practical, work-based learning and experience and skills students may have already acquired in counselling or related fields
  • Will enable you to evaluate theory and practice and begin to reflect critically on their work and the work of others
  • Aims to produce counsellors who can establish an effective therapeutic relationship with their clients and work with a broad variety of issues knowing strategies to address these issues
  • Delivered on a flexible basis catering to different needs and work patterns of students

English Language Requirements


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Applicants should have:

Evidence of counselling training to certificate level in both theory and skills (minimum 120 hours tuition) as well as appropriate life experience and interest in working with people. You must be at least 21 years old. Group and individual interviews take place April-August and last approximately 3 hours including a written test

Admission to UK universities often requires that students have completed 13 years of formal education with recognized qualifications. International students should consider taking a Pre-Bachelor to gain access to UK universities when:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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University of Greenwich

London, United Kingdom

United Kingdom The University of Greenwich, founded in 1890, has three campuses at Greenwich (London), Avery Hill (London) and Medway (Kent), each with modern learning facilities, in beautiful historic buildings. The University has a resource base of highly qualified staff with wide-ranging expertise and significant links with business and industry. Innovation and strong links to industry and commerce, complemented by research excellence and an international agenda are what make the University of Greenwich a leading modern university.