To be eligible for this course you must:
Possess a Foundation Degree (FdA) Counselling award at Levels 4 and 5, meeting BACP supervised practice requirements of 100 hours minimum, or equivalent. Applicants not meeting this requirement will be individually assessed by the Programme Leader to determine their ability to study at level 6, and must provide evidence of a counselling qualification which:
- included at least 400 tutor contact hours
- had a training duration of at least 2 years
- had a supervised placement of at least 100 counselling hours
- covered theory, skills, professional issues and personal development
Students pursuing this route will be set an academic challenge to submit a case study and reflective statement of learning, which will be assessed against FdA level 5 learning outcomes and FHEQ level 5 descriptors. This will be assessed by the BA Course Leader, and applicants will also be asked to attend an interview
MBACP status (qualified counsellor and Registered member of the BACP)
Students entering the programme must be qualified counsellors and must enter the programme with current counselling practice in place. The practice will be assessed by the college placement coordinator once the course has started, for suitability as an approved placement.
An offer of a place on the course will depend upon the entry criteria described above and a successful interview.
The interview is an important part of the selection process, and applicants will need to demonstrate the criteria listed below in order to be offered a place. Interviews consist of participation in a group interview and also at an individual interview. The interviews are held by Registered Lecturers associated with the course of study.
Applicants successful at interview will have the professional and personal qualities for counselling training, as well as a good understanding of the expectations and commitments of the training. Strong relational and communication skills are essential, along with maturity, self-awareness and self-reflective ability, and the ability to engage with the academic requirements of the programme. Applicants will need to show the confidence and enthusiasm required to successfully negotiate a work based learning opportunity, and a clear idea of the area of specialism they wish to develop. Applicants also need to be at the right time in their own lives to be able to engage fully with this highly demanding training.