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BA (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy (Top-Up)

How to apply


Our exciting course is designed for qualified counsellors and psychotherapists to top up their training to a full BA (Hons) and engage in practical research. You’ll develop your skills, knowledge, clinical practice and enhance employability with a choice of two specialist routes: Counselling Adults or Counselling Children and Young People.

This is a vibrant course, designed to challenge you professionally, personally, and academically. The aim of the BA (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy is to provide a professional post qualification progression route from Diploma to a full BA (Hons) award. In addition this course offers a choice of two optional specialist routes.

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Fees and Paying for University


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Support and facilities

Study a counselling course and benefit from being:

  • based at Renew Counselling in the centre of Chelmsford
  • supported by a high-quality counselling and therapy service.


This course will help you develop your career, clinical experience and interests. Carrying out research can open up new directions in your career and develop skills that are attractive to employers.

With our Adult pathway you’ll gain cutting-edge skills and knowledge with digital media in therapy, in addition to developing understanding of working with issues such as sex, sexuality and addiction. With our Child and Young Person pathway you’ll develop practical skills in working therapeutically with creative materials and gain an understanding of issues such that affect therapeutic work with different age groups. This pathway meets a number of BACP Competences for humanistic counselling with young people (2014) which can enable you to develop this area as a clinical specialism.

Apply now for BA (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy (Top-Up)

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Renew Counselling

Renew Counselling and Training is based in the centre of Chelmsford, and offers therapy services across Essex and East London.