BSc (Hons)

Therapeutic Counselling (Top-Up)

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have a Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling, HND, Foundation Degree or equivalent award of 120 level 5 credit points in a cognate subject. Applicants should have formal training in counselling and/or psychotherapy, with a minimum of 100 supervised client hours and membership of BACP or equivalent professional association with code of ethics. Applicants who have completed a Level 4 Therapeutic Counselling Diploma may be considered through recognition of prior learning and will be required to submit additional documentary evidence including two references and a written case study. Further details will be provided on receipt of application.

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements.

GCSE English Language at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; you can download our reference template for completion.

Applicants who have completed our BSc Therapeutic Counselling (ordinary degree) in the last five years will be considered for advanced entry and will only need to complete a further 60 level 6 credit points. Applicants who have completed our BSc Therapeutic Counselling degree more than five years ago can apply for credit transfer through the Recognition of Prior Learning route.


IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.

Mature applicants:

Our university welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. All students will be considered through the contextual admissions policy described above. If you do not meet the requirements through the contextual admissions policy, we may still be able to make you an offer if you have recent relevant work experience through our ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ policy. Please ensure that you list both your qualifications and any relevant work experience in your application so that we can consider you under both schemes where applicable..

All applicants should meet our standard entry requirements of GCSE grade C in English language and, where specified, Maths. Alternative qualifications such as functional skills are accepted in lieu of GCSEs for most courses.