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Counselling, BA Hons (Top-up) (Guildford College)

If you already work as a counsellor, this is a unique opportunity to deepen your understanding of counselling theory and practice.

Partner college

Guildford College

Duration

1 years full-time

Start month

September

UK/international fees

2019/2020 fees

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2020/2021 fees

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2020/2021 fees

This counselling top-up degree is aimed at practicing counsellors with a diploma or foundation course in counselling.

As awareness of mental health issues grows, there is increasing demand for qualified counsellors with enhanced skills. Focusing on theory and practice, you'll learn more about client issues – including attachment, loss and bereavement – and how to work with them. You'll also have access to a platform for counsellors from different backgrounds to share information and experience.

The course is offered by one of the university's partner colleges: Guildford College in Surrey.

What you will study

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Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact course-info@gre.ac.uk for more information.

About the course team

The Partner College Network works on a broad range of objectives that encompasses the delivery of higher education within further education and joint work on a range of initiatives related to widening participation and access.

Entry requirements

If you are

Applicants will be required to have:

A foundation degree or Counselling Diploma Level 5 (applicants with a CPCAB Level 4 Diploma may be acceptable with Accredited Prior Learning at level 5 or above or for 2019 entry a tutor recommendation for level 6 study). 


In addition 450 hours of counselling training, a minimum of 100 hours of supervised counselling practice and 60 hours of personal counselling.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

How you will learn

Teaching

In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • 1-to-1 tutorials

Further details to be confirmed.

Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Contact hours may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

Class sizes vary by module. Lectures are normally attended by larger groups, and seminars/tutorials by smaller groups. This can vary more widely for modules that are shared between degrees. All students will have opportunities for 1-to-1 time with their tutors.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you are also expected to dedicate around 30 hours a week to self-study. This may involve further reading and research, preparing coursework and presentations, and preparing for tests and exams. Our facilities are designed to support you in these activities.

We encourage you to join societies and participate in sporting and other activities to engage in the wider life of the university community.

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of courses you are studying.

Each module you study towards this degree is worth 15 or 30 credits. These represent around 150 or 300 study hours respectively. If you receive 100 contact hours for a 30-credit module, you should expect to commit 200 hours to independent study to complete it successfully.

Assessment

On this course, students are assessed by:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework

Further details to be confirmed.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include ‘practice’ assessments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assignments and to release examination results within 15 working days.

Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2019/2020 fees

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
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2020/2021 fees

TBA

* For full fees information please visit our fees information pages.

Fees information International fees

Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

Further costs may include (but are not limited to):

  • Resources: Guildford College Learning Resource Centre has a comprehensive collection of counselling books and ebooks. However, you may find it useful to purchase key texts for your studies at an estimated cost of £120 per year for new copies or less for secondhand copies.
  • Memberships: We recommend that you make use of online resources from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) during the course. This will require student membership, which currently costs £82 (or £41 if you are in receipt of benefits).

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

You could become a private practice counsellor, pastoral worker, counsellor for a voluntary agency, the NHS or other statutory agency. Counsellors who graduate from this course and who are already in paid employment will be eligible for a greater variety of counselling work.

Do you provide employability services?

The Employability & Careers Service (ECS) is committed to supporting our students and recent graduates in their transition towards a rewarding graduate destination. We strive to deliver a professional service with the aim of empowering our students to achieve their potential. We provide the following:

  • CV and cover letter checks
  • Application support
  • One-to-one careers advice
  • Interview tips and support
  • Careers fairs
  • Internships
  • Graduate jobs.

Locations and contact:
Greenwich Campus, Queen Mary QM015
Medway Campus, Black B014

employability@gre.ac.uk
020 8331 8810

www.gre.ac.uk/employability

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

You can also participate in the Erasmus+ student exchange course to spend a year abroad. Benefit from international experience and develop proficiency in a European language.

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