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BA (Hons) Person-Centred Counselling

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UCAS code: 
B942 BA/PcC
Institution code: 
East Coast College (Great Yarmouth)


Three years full-time

Typical Offer: 

112 UCAS tariff points (or above)

BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Applicants will have completed the equivalent of a two year certificate course in counselling or counselling skills, and will normally be age 21 or over at the start of the course.



This course is delivered by experienced, practising person-centred counsellors and offers a  wide range of learning experiences including experiential, theoretical, placements, group and individual work. There is a high level of individual tutor support and assessments are varied. The course offers opportunities for personal development and is designed and implemented in accord with British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) requirements.

The course leader, Peter Baumbach, is happy to discuss the course in more detail, and arrange an informal talk over the phone or meeting. Please email in the first instance.

Student testimonial

"This course has changed my life. It has given me excellent training in how to counsel and the personal development necessary to do this well.  The tutors are very supportive and the assessments varied and stimulating. It's amazing. I can't begin to say how it's changed my life for the positive."  

Karen Warne, third year student

Course modules

In year one the experiential training takes place over one full day per week, plus independent study. In year 2, the training is one full day plus half a day for group supervision / personal development and work placements. After completion of the first two years students are able to practice as professional counsellors and those choosing to leave the course at this point will be awarded a Diploma of Higher Education in Person-Centred Counselling. Those who choose to stay for the third year of study will leave the course with a BA (Hons) in Person-Centred Counselling. Students studying this course will cover units in The Person-Centred Approach; Comparative Studies; Starting Counselling Practice; Counselling Practice; Developments in the Person- Centred Approach; Self-Evaluation; Research; Group Work and a Dissertation.

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

The Person Centred Approach (Mandatory)
Comparative Studies (Mandatory)
Starting Counselling Practice (Mandatory)
Counselling Practice (Mandatory)
Developments in the PCA (Mandatory)
Research in Counselling (Mandatory)
Self-Evaluation (Mandatory)
Working with Groups (Mandatory)
Dissertation (Mandatory)

Fees and finance


  • Full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information)
  • International tuition fee: £11,790 p.a.

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Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

All applicants are required to hold GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above. Applicants who do not hold these qualifications may be considered on an individual basis based upon their overall application and the course applied for.

If you do not hold these qualifications please contact Admissions directly on 01473 338348 to discuss.

Applicants will have completed the equivalent of a two year certificate course in counselling or counselling skills, and will normally be age 21 or over at the start of the course.

How to Apply

International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

International and EU

Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.