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BA (Hons) Person-Centred Counselling

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East Coast College (Great Yarmouth)


Three years full-time

Typical Offer: 

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


  • UK full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a 
  • UK part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (please contact the Student Centre for further information) 
  • International full-time tuition fee: £13,992 p.a

Further Information                                                       

At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for.  

* 2023-24 tuition fees are subject to change in line with inflation, or a government change in the fee cap.

Entry requirements