BSc (Hons) in Person-Centred Counselling

UCAS Code: (B943)

Location: Lewes (Campus code L)

Study mode: Full-time

Duration: 1 Year

Qualification: BSc (Hons)

This 1 year top up Honours Degree is designed to develop person-centred counselling practice, theoretical knowledge, and research skills in relation to current practice and research. Application for an interview for the course is through UCAS only.

Course Structure

The concepts, attitudes and values of the person-centred approach underlie the BSc (Hons) in Person-Centred Counselling.

The main components of the course, counselling theory, personal development, professional practice and ethics, working creatively and issues of diversity link together and inform each other around students’ experiences and knowledge.

Progress and development on the course is monitored through tutor, peer and self-assessment and specific assignments. There will be a placement lasting 100 hours in a specific therapeutic area, and students will receive 25 hours of supervision for this specific work.

Areas of Study

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

Entry Requirements

Qualification from a Foundation Degree or Diploma in Person-Centred, Humanistic, or Integrative counselling validated by a University, or which complies with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) standards for training of counsellors. You will be assessed by interview/audition.


This course is validated by the University of Brighton

Equipment needed

Though there are a wide range of books relevant to the course relating to current trends in person-centred counselling, and counselling generally, and in research and evidence –based counselling practice that are held in the Lewes Learning Resource Centre, students may need to purchase some of the recommended reading for the course that is not held in the Learning Resource Centre.

Skills and Experience gained

A strong theme of skills runs through the degree program which relate to practical professional skills and intellectual skills.

Professional skills will include students developing understanding of  the use and value of person-centred counselling in specific therapeutic areas, in gaining more skills working with a wide range of clients of different ages and sexes and gender and with different presenting issues, and in understanding further the impact of a wide range of different issues of diversity on the counselling relationship and within a multi-cultural environment

Intellectual Skills students gain on the course will include the development of research skills in relation to counselling practice generally, appraising published research on counselling and psychotherapy and integrate relevant research findings into analysing counselling practice and the development of competence in applying research measures and scales appropriate to evaluating the range of person-centred counselling practice

Short Course Summary

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.

Who is the course for?

The course 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.

After the course

Current demands by employers are for higher professional qualifications than Diploma and Foundation Degree standard for qualified counsellors. And in particular at management, education and supervision levels, indicate that a top up BSc (Hons) in Person-Centred Counselling would improve employment opportunities for counsellors qualified at Diploma and Foundation Degree level.

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