BSc Person Centred Counselling (Top-Up) PT

The BSc (Hons) Person-Centred Counselling (Top-up) is a fascinating and rewarding course which enables students to work deeper into specific areas of interest in counselling. It is designed for qualified Person-Centred, Humanistic or Integrative counsellors who want to build on their understanding of the person-centred theory and practice across a range of therapeutic work and who are interested in critically examining and evaluating the necessity and sufficiency of person-centred therapeutic conditions.

The course is also designed for those qualified counsellors who want to expand their understanding of professional practice and ethics and issues of diversity in counselling practice, and for those who want to include creative and expressive therapy in their practices.

It runs as a one-year full time course, or a two year part-time course.




Entry Level

Course Type

HE (Degree Level)

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Options Course Code Starts Ends Annual Fee Overseas Fee
enquire apply 61238y1 16/09/24 12/06/26 £3997 £9000

What will I study?

The BSc (Hons) in Person-Centred Counselling is modular based comprising 1 x 60 credit project based module which forms a body of knowledge about the effectiveness of person-centred counselling in specific therapeutic settings, plus 3 x 20 credit modules which will focus on; Professional Practice and Ethics, Expressive and Creative Therapy and Issues of Diversity.

The BSc (Hons) in Person-Centred Counselling is a top-up year programme over three terms for counsellors with a Person-Centred, Humanistic or Integrative counselling qualification at level 6 and which meet all the required standards for counsellors in training for the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

The course consists of course work and placement work. Course work includes modules over a single term focused on the development of professional practice in term 1, expressive and creative therapy in term 2, and issues of diversity I term three. Placement work is connected the applied practice module which runs over the three terms of the course in which students examine and critically evaluate their person-centred counselling practice using a range of research methods and assessment scales.

Though the course has a strong academic theme, experiential learning will form the base for all teaching and learning on the course.

How will I be assessed?

This modular course will consist of a 60 credit project based on a body of knowledge about the effectiveness of person-centred counselling in specific therapeutic settings. Also, 3 x additional assignments will be set on Professional Practice and Ethics, Expressive & Creative Therapy and also Issues of Diversity.

What qualification will I achieve?

A Level 5 qualification in Person-Centred, Humanistic or Integrative Counselling is required. This could be the BACP accredited FdSc Counselling course which we run at our Lewes and Eastbourne sites. You will also need to have completed 100 hours of supervised placement in a recognised counselling setting with at least half of these hours, face to face.

Upon graduation you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) Person-Centred Counselling validated by the University of East Anglia, subject to validation.

What can I do after completing this course?

Once completed, the BSc (Hons) Person-Centred Counselling (Top-up) opens up a variety of employment oportunities. Current demands by employers are for higher professional qualifications. Whilst having a Diploma or Foundation Degree enables practicioners to be classed as qualified counsellors, adding a Top-up degree will mean more employment opportunities will be available. This includes entry into management, NHS, education and supervision levels.

The BSc also enables practitioners to study at Masters Level.

Are there any extra costs?

Students will have access to a wide range of resources in our Learning Resource Centres, though additional books and subscriptions may be recommended depending on your area of study.

Students are required to remain as BACP members throughout their studies. On the BSC, students may remain as student members if they are only volunteering in placement, however they must become full members if working in private practice.

Although students are now qualified, they will need to continue to work in either a voluntary or paid placement to support their learning. They need to get a minimum of 40 hours in such settings, and private practice is not counted towards this figure.

Additional Info

Early applications are strongly encouraged. Due to the volume of applications we receive, all applications received by Friday 3rd April 2024 will be given equal consideration. Applications received after this date may be subject to a waiting list.