BA (Hons) Counselling students from Eastleigh College travelled to High Wycombe last week to attend their graduation ceremony at the Swan Centre, High Wycombe, in association with Bucks New University.
Ten students from the degree programme attended the ceremony, where they dressed in graduation robes and were awarded their Bachelor of Arts degrees. This year, an impressive six students achieved a first class degree!
The Higher Education course provided by Eastleigh College is often completed by counsellors already working in the industry, working with vulnerable clients such as those with dementia, addiction problems and the homeless.
The graduation event represents a successful partnership between Eastleigh College and Bucks New University in providing Higher Education qualifications. As the partnership continues to develop, adult students are able to benefit from studying the part-time course at Eastleigh College.
The students thoroughly enjoyed the graduation ceremony, and are excited to apply the skills and knowledge they’ve learned during the course to their profession.
Ross Hoar, 51, from Bishops Waltham, now works as a therapist at a Psychiatric Hospital: “Having graduated, I can safely say I have learned a lot and improved my ability to support clients.”
Christina Mathews, 58, from Winchester, said “Graduation was a happy and elating finale to a degree course in which tutors facilitated academic study, well-balanced with pastoral and compassionate support.”
Gabrielle Easton, 51, from Winchester, now works on an Employee Assistance Programme, as well as volunteering for charity and working within her own private practice. She said “Graduation was a wonderful day… inspiring and beautifully executed. I will continue with professional development and my main focus is to use all I have learned to be the Counsellor I want to be. I feel changed – in a good way!”
To find out more about the BA Counselling qualification in association with Bucks New University, please visit the Counselling career page or call 023 8091 1299.
[Image credit: Christina Mathews]