Humanistic Counselling Top-up (BSc (Hons))

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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
1 Years

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About Humanistic Counselling Top-up at University of Portsmouth


Do you want to top up a DipHE in counselling (or an equivalent Level 5 qualification) to a Bachelor's degree?

On this 1-year BSc (Hons) Humanistic Counselling top-up course, you'll build on the counselling skills and interpersonal abilities you gained in your previous studies by developing knowledge in advanced humanistic counselling skills. You'll conduct 100 hours of supervised counselling, putting your skills into practice with clients.

You'll also complete a research project on a topic that aligns with your interests and ambitions.

When you complete the course, you could work as a humanistic counsellor in areas such as education, the police service, the prison service and the voluntary sector. The advanced skills and practitioner experience you gain will allow you to work with a wider variety of clients with more complex needs.

Alternative courses

You can specialise in other types of counselling and therapy on our BSc (Hons) Gestalt Counselling and BSc (Hons) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy top-up degrees.


This course takes place at Eastleigh College. While studying at Eastleigh College, you can access the University's student support services and community including study support, the Students’ Union and our library's online resources.

What you'll experienceOn this course you'll:

  • Learn advanced humanistic counselling skills, building on the knowledge you developed during your DipHE
  • Develop advanced research skills on a research project that aligns with your interests and career ambitions
  • Apply your knowledge and skills with at least 100 hours of supervised counselling on a placement in the community
  • Learn from experienced, industry-trained staff who've worked in organisations or run their own private practices
  • Build a foundation to help work towards a further professional accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) following completion of the course
  • Develop transferable skills you can apply in all aspects of your life and career in areas such as problem solving, communication, group working, planning, effective feedback and IT
  • Study at Eastleigh College with access to University of Portsmouth support and services
  • Apply for membership of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and get access to member resources including journal subscriptions, free courses and job boards

Work experience and career planning

You can get help, advice and support from our Careers and Employability service for up to 5 years after you leave the University as you advance in your career.

Supervised counselling placement

You'll complete 100 hours on a supervised counselling placement. You'll enter into a written contract with the placement provider and Eastleigh College. Assessment of your practical skills as a counsellor will be by case study and portfolio.

Recent students have taken placements at CRUSE Bereavement Care, Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling (PARCS), Yellow Door (counselling for sexual and domestic abuse victims) and other counselling services.

We'll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You'll get mentoring and support throughout, including regular supervision and skills clinics every other week.

All placements provided are evaluated to ensure the setting provides a suitable learning environment for you.

​What you'll study

On this top-up course, you'll study modules worth 120 credits.

Core Modules

  • Gestalt Advanced Counselling Skills
  • Research Project
  • Professional Practice Placement

There are no optional modules on this course.


You'll gain skills, knowledge and competence through learning methods that include:

  • Work-based learning
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Saturday workshops
  • Skills clinics
  • Personal development groups
  • Tutorials
  • Module handbooks
  • A virtual learning environment (VLE)

You'll also complete a minimum of 30-hours personal therapy. You'll demonstrate your personal learning and awareness from this process in a learning journal.

Teaching staff include experienced experts who have industry experience in paid counselling roles in organisations, or who run their own private practice.

How you're assessed

On this counselling diploma, you'll be assessed through:

  • Essays
  • Live skills assessments (role play scenarios)
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Portfolios of evidence
  • Case studies
  • Personal learning journals
  • Professional requirements (a 'Fitness to Practice' assessment)
  • Supervised work-based learning

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

Feedback is central to this course. You'll get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future, as well as on your application for the 'Fitness to Practice' assessment. You'll also practice giving feedback during live skills assessments, where you'll receive feedback from your peers, as well as the assessment tutor.

Careers and opportunities

Events such as the coronavirus pandemic and increased awareness in society about mental health have increased the demand for counselling and therapy services. As a humanistic counsellor, you can have a significant positive impact on people's health and wellbeing, and help take the pressure off other health services such as GPs and hospitals.

Public, private and charity sector settings you could work in after the course include:

  • Education
  • Alcohol and drug services
  • Eating disorder services
  • Mental health services
  • GPs
  • Police and prison services

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Entry requirements

Qualifications or experience

  • Successful completion of the DipHE in Counselling in a relevant counselling discipline area. All applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting the course.

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before starting the course.

Don't meet the entry requirements?

Consider a Foundation or Pathway course at University of Portsmouth to prepare for your chosen course:

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