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BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy Upgrade Programme

For qualified counsellors who want to gain an honours degree in just two years


  • outstanding individual support; unique classroom setting (experiential and theoretical)
  • enhance existing qualifications
  • achieve an honours Bachelor of Science degree validated by Middlesex University (Level 6)


If you are a practicing counsellor and want to increase your qualification to degree level, this is the course for you. Our BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy Upgrade Course offers qualified practicing professionals the opportunity to receive a Level 8 honours degree in just two years, part-time. Many Diploma qualified counsellors are choosing to upgrade their qualifications to an honours degree to enhance their career options in a variety of areas and in anticipation of changes to the professional accreditation standards by the IACP and other bodies.


The BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy course is Integrative in approach. There are no formal written examinations. Each course module (30 hours) is assessed separately, by a written assignment. Upgrade students enter the degree programme in year three and receive exemptions from year one and year two modules. Any year one or year two module that was not exempted must be taken as a catch up module.


On successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy, validated by Middlesex University.

Course Details



Venue: 63 Malone Rd, Belfast, BT9 6SA


Duration: Two years, part-time.


Next Start Date: September 2020


Timetable: Weekend - Saturdays



Please note that BSc Upgrade course is not designed for professional accreditation.  Students who wish to gain professional accreditation with the IACP or another professional body will need to enter the BSc degree course at Year 1 or Year 2 in order to complete the requirements for accreditation.


 Applications Deadline: 15th of August 2020




The recruitment will take place as normal, however, due to the COVID19 situation, please be aware that if it is needed classes will be delivered online in compliance with further updates of the government.  


The classes will be delivered as live online lessons via Microsoft Teams, which is a platform built on Office 365. It is a secure platform and follows the compliance capabilities.



Award: Middlesex University BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy*

Level: Level 6 FHEQ (Comparable to Level 8 NFQ)

*FHEQ (Framework for Higher Education Qualification) is the UK National Framework of Qualifications.

Interested in finding out more? Call Carol or Lynn now at 01-464 2268 or add your details to the purple Questions Box above and we'll get back to you shortly. 


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Applicants must have completed:

  • A Certificate course in counselling skills or equivalent e.g. in-service training with a substantial counselling element and
  • A diploma with counselling and psychotherapy at its core.


Upgrade students enter the degree programme in year three and receive exemption from year one and year two modules. Please note: All applicants must have successfully completed a Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy to be eligible for the Upgrade Programme.

Students can expect to be provided with advice and support concerning any learning difficulties that they may encounter. Any diagnosed learning difficulty, e.g. dyslexia, must be noted on application.

Students require sufficient IT skills to complete the course. Workshops including essay skills will be provided to assist with the practicalities of written work. These workshops are currently provided free and attendance is mandatory.


In years 3 & 4 as degree students become more independent learners, tutorials, seminar, and career development sessions will be provided.

Talk to us:
+44 (0) 289 099 7852

Validated by:

In partnership with Middlesex University


What our Students Say

“The course has opened up my mind and my emotions to all aspects of human life both positive and negative. Because of this, I believe I am a much more rounded person & the possibilities are endless. For me the practical application along with the academic understanding really enriches the course...”
Susan Gorman - BSc (Hons) in Addiction Counselling Graduate

What our Students Say

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