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BA (Hons) Counselling

Programme Description

The BA in counselling is a one year full-time or two years part-time course open to students who have completed the college’s foundation degree or an equivalent qualification.

The course is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and as a result is monitored by BACP and the programme meets their training standards. 

You need to either complete the foundation degree full-time as well as the BA or complete the foundation degree part-time over three years in order to be on the BACP accredited programme.

Programme Features

The BA offers continuous professional development for counsellors following their foundation degree as well offering the opportunity for students to obtain a full BA honours degree.

Progression & Employment

You can progress from the BA to a master’s course at University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea campus or elsewhere, if you meet the entrance requirements.

Students from this course have gone on to gain employment in different counselling settings such as school-based counselling services and bereavement services as well as working in private practice.

Programme Content

The BA consists of five modules: 

  • Counselling children and young people
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy 
  • Working with trauma 
  • Preparing for research
  • Dissertation

Programme Assessment

Continuous assessment throughout the course which includes: 

  • Reflective journal summaries
  • Essays on theory
  • Case studies 
  • Individual and group presentations 
  • Dissertation

Programme Entry Requirements

  • Applicants need to be qualified counsellors who have completed 240 credits at level five of a counselling qualification
  • Enhanced disclosure and barring scheme check
  • Two references
  • Students who have experienced recent traumas or bereavements, or who are considered by the tutors to be too vulnerable at present may be advised to postpone their entry onto the course.   Applicants will need to show evidence of self-awareness and the ability to reflect on life experience as well as have the capacity to cope with the emotional and academic demands of the course

Additional Costs

Enhanced DBS: £44

BACP student membership - £75 per annum

Books - the library is an excellent resource and carries the majority of books required but some students may wish to own copies of core texts.