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BA (Hons) in Counselling Solutions Top-Up

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 theoretical approaches, including systemic, psychodynamic, Solution focus and cognitive behavioural theories and their application to specific issues such as anxiety and 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.

UCAS Code: B940
University of Hull

Key Information

  • Course Level

    Level 6

  • Delivery


  • Duration

    1 Year Full Time

  • UCAS Code


  • Awarding Body

    University of Hull

Apply or Enquire

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 (40 credits)

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


Assessment Methods

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
– Presentations
– Seminar papers critiques
– Portfolio which will include a reflexive piece on practice, course learning and supervision

This course provides a “top-up” for the two year Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling offered by DN Colleges Group, or an equivalent course offered by other local colleges. It has been designed to be attractive to all students who have completed a generic counselling course at Level 5 and are looking to further their studies, gain a degree and want to explore further studies at post-graduate level in the future.

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

As part of this programme of study you will be required to have a valid enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. You will be required to pay the cost of this. A DBS must be in place before you start your placement. You may be able to supply an existing DBS but this must be within 3 years of issue.

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.

Financial Support

UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan to cover living costs.

We also have a range of other financial support available.

Course Fees


Full Time – £7770

Additional Costs

Your Tuition fees cover the majority of costs associated with your course (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 will 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

  • A DBS check will be required, which you must pay for.



Apply or enquire about this course

To find out more and apply for this course, please contact us via the telephone number below.

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

Apply on the UCAS website Make an enquiry Call 0800 358 7474