Integrative Counselling - Foundation Degree (Professional) at Birmingham Newman University - UCAS

Course summary

This course provides a foundational counselling qualification. It enables students to engage with several key theoretical approaches in counselling and related skills, and to learn to integrate them in ways that allow them to be effective practitioners, equipped to work in a range of settings. The course provides both professional and academic training, producing reflective practitioners who are equipped to meet the future challenges of the counselling profession. The course is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and subscribes to the BACP Ethical Framework (2018). Why study this course? • The course combines academic study and personal reflection with a strong focus on counselling skills and practice • The course is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) • It offers a distinctive training in integrative counselling, drawing on several core models of counselling to form an integrated framework for practice • On completion, you can progress to the BA (Hons) ‘Top Up’ award in Counselling Studies, thereby achieving a full Honours degree • The course has a strong reputation and good relationships with a range of placement providers across the region During your first year of study you will usually attend University for taught sessions on one day per week. You will start on your journey to becoming a trained counsellor. You will do this through a balance of theory, skills practice, personal and group reflection. You will learn about two of the main theoretical models in counselling (person-centred and psychodynamic). You will also begin to practice a range of counselling skills, learn about ethical issues and dilemmas, and take part in a personal development group. In the second year you will begin your counselling placement, once you are assessed as being ready for this step. This placement will continue throughout the rest of the programme. Alongside this, you will also start your personal therapy at least 3 months before starting on placement. Once on placement, you will also have regular clinical supervision. You will continue to attend University one day per week. In terms of taught content, year 2 includes learning about the theories of CBT and Gestalt therapies. You also learn about the counselling relationship, and how to begin to integrate different theories into a coherent model. In the final year you will continue on placement and in supervision, and may also continue in personal therapy. You will continue to attend University one day per week. You will take modules in mental health and in working to different time contracts in counselling, including doing brief therapy. You will also complete a small research project. During this time you will also engage in clinical case discussion, a personal development group, and will continue working towards completion of your clinical hours on placement.


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Assessment method

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Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

How to apply

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

This course is currently unable to accept applications from international learners.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

You must have completed a face-to-face level 3 qualification in counselling skills, have substantial experience of using these skills in a workplace or voluntary setting, and have demonstrated at interview your suitability to undertake counselling training. Those without a level 3 qualification may apply for the Introductory Certificate in Counselling and then apply to transfer onto the Foundation Degree. Newman’s Approved Prior Learning (APEL) policy can be applied to any applicants who consider they have qualifications or experience that may warrant them being granted exemption from elements of a particular course.

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Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Applicants will need to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance prior to starting the course.


Applicants will be invited to attend a selection day where their abilities will be tested through a group task and individual interview.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £4850 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4850 Year 1
Scotland £4850 Year 1
Wales £4850 Year 1
Channel Islands £4850 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £4850 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

You will be required to join the BACP as a student member by the end of semester 1 of year 1. The cost of the BACP membership is £82 (2022/23). Whilst on a counselling placement during the second year, students are required to regularly attend supervision sessions from a Newman approved supervisor. Sessions take place every fortnight (two per month) and the typical cost for a clinical supervision session is in the range of £35-55 per session (2022/23). Over the period of this programme, you will engage in at least 40 hours of personal therapy to support self-awareness and professional practice. The typical cost of personal therapy is in the range of £35-55 per session (2022/23).The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, on enrolment and in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments). Please refer to the Birmingham Newman University website for further details.
Integrative Counselling - Foundation Degree (Professional) at Birmingham Newman University - UCAS