BA (Hons) in Person Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy Year 3
Qualification: BA (Hons)
About the course
This final year of the 3-year full time degree course provides high quality professional counsellor training and is delivered by an experienced, practising team. It is ideal if you are looking to become an advanced clinical practitioner in Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy.
The course will provide you with a multi-disciplinary professional focus within a broad 'psy' industry such as psychopathology, developmental psychology, psychiatry and diagnostics. You will be required to attend college one full day per week.
This course is validated by Middlesex University and is officially accredited by the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and upholds their professional quality and standards.
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What you will learn
You will cover personality development, psychopathology, skills practise, ethics, theory, and personal and professional development.
- Research methodologies and ethics
- Psychopathology, psychology, DSM V and PCA
- Advanced clinical practise/supervision
- Dissertation and Viva
You will be required to attend City College one day per week and an annual summer school (3 days in August).
External commitments include:
- A clinical placement (50 hours per year)
- Supervision (in line with BACP guidelines)
- Reading, independent and peer study time
- Peer discussion (40 hours per year on e-forum)
Although this degree course carries part-time college attendance it holds full-time HE status because of the added external commitments.
You will be assessed in a variety of ways including: written essays, group and individual presentations, practise observations, tape evaluations and dissertation/viva. Assessments are carried out by tutors, peers and self.
Students applying for this course must have:
- Level 5 Diploma in Person-Centred / Humanistic Counselling
- A BACP registered membership
- Secured a position in a clinical placement which will offer you a minimum of 50 client hours during your course
- Be willing to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) police check by your placement
You will be required to attend an interview at the college prior to enrolling. Prior to the interview you will need to submit 4 small essays as follows:
- 700 words on - Your understanding of Person-Centred Counselling/Psychotherapy. Give an overview followed by an example of your practice relating theory to practice
- 700 words on - Your understanding of Effective Supervision. Give an example from your practice of when supervision has been specifically important to your clinical work
- 700 words on - Your understanding of Ethical Practice. Outline an ethical dilemma from your experience, the various ways forward and why and how you chose, not chose, a way forward
- 500 words on – Your idea for a Small Scale Research Project. Outline your topic and how this fits with both your personal and clinical experience and PCA (you will not necessarily have to stick to this idea if you are accepted on to the course)
- You will need to provide two references (one from a past counselling tutor and the other from a counselling supervisor, if possible, one who has known you for 2 or more years). The reference form can be downloaded below.
Please send all of the above to Mike.Sims@Southampton-City.ac.uk stating your name and date of birth
To your interview you will need to bring:
- The originals of your Diploma/FdA/Dip HE and transcript
- 100 hour Supervision Report
Dates, times & fees
|Start Date||Course Times||Duration||Campus||Fees|
|15/01/18||09.30 - 16.00 (Monday)||1 year||Main||£3,650* (eligible for Higher Education loan)|
- Full-time employment as an Advanced Counsellor or Psychotherapist within industries including:
- Masters Degree in Counselling / Psychotherapy
- Diploma in Clinical Supervision at City College
- Employee Assistant Programme (EAP)
- Corporate indutries e.g. finance
Studied BA (Hons) in Person-centered Counselling at City College.
Now a Primary Care Counsellor for NHS
A college counselling graduate is now practicing for the NHS as a Primary Care Counsellor in the west country.
Lottie Hart, 38, originally from Bitterne, completed the BA (Hons) in Person-centered Counselling and Psychotherapy at City College and has since landed herself a successful career with the NHS.
Prior to studying at the college, Lottie was working two jobs as a waitress and office assistant in order to support her young child. Struggling to make ends meet, Lottie sought a new career and chose City College as not only was it local to her home, they also offered a part government-funded option which helped her meet the tuition costs.
The course included an external placement programme that allowed Lottie to learn whilst on-the-job. For a person-centered course, this was invaluable experience. Lottie said: “I was able to grow into my profession from within my training. I felt valued and part of something that matters.”
The learning style of the course is flexible, requiring students to attend college one day a week, along with an annual summer school. However it holds higher education status through its additional external requirements; a clinical placement, both unsupervised and supervised study time and peer discussions. This allows the student to dictate their own schedule and work it around their other commitments.