West Suffolk College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of East Anglia

Counselling (Integrative)

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Course summary

The approach to counselling is integrative; an approach which has developed over the past half century, as a result of counselling outcomes research. The integrative model involves drawing on a range of theories which help us to understand how human beings develop, how personality and emotional challenges emerge, and how we act in the face of universal issues of our existence such as freedom, death, anxiety and guilt. Integration is also concerned with understanding why and how we are happy to show certain aspects of ourselves while hiding other parts. The aim of integrative counselling would then be to enable access to our whole self.

Course details


The course is divided into three general areas; firstly, the professional - students will learn about law, ethics, boundaries and other aspects of professionalism. Secondly, students will learn and practice new skills, at first this will be in the classroom practising on other students, but later this will expand into working in a placement, counselling real clients. Thirdly, the theoretical concepts will be offered to students who will learn how to apply them to their counselling work. Lastly, students will engage in a process of self-awareness which will support their learning and development across the course. Students will be responsible for organising their own work placements, although assistance will be provided by your tutors and during the Professional Development module. The counsellor you chose should be either British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy accredited or UKCP registered. Other accrediting organisations will be considered but this should be discussed with the Course Leader. Criminal Record Declaration (DBS) will be required.

Assessment method

A variety of assessment methods are used, which include written reports, written assignments, literature reviews, group presentations, and the compilation of a learning journal.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Successful applicants will hold a full Level Three qualification, preferably an Access to Counselling course. Applicants with a Level Three qualification in a different discipline will also be considered if they have successfully completed a recognised counselling course of at least 90 hours classroom attendance, which contains both theoretical and skills elements. Other equivalent routes will be considered.

Additional entry requirements


English language requirements

English Language Requirements: IELTS (Academic) Grade 6 IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students first language

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8500 Year 1
Scotland £8500 Year 1
Wales £8500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students are required to undertake supervision, which costs approximately £40-£60 per month for individual supervision once working in placement commences (minimum of 1.5 hours of supervision required for every 8 client hours in training). Your chosen individual supervisor must be an Accredited member of the BACP, or a Registered member of UKCP (but they do not need to be Accredited as a supervisor). Students are required to undertake 40 hours counselling over the duration of three years, which costs approximately £40 per hour. This can be undertaken at any point during the three years of study. Your chosen personal therapist must be an Accredited member of the BACP, or a Registered member of the UKCP. There is a requirement to participate twice in a two-day residential course, at a cost of approximately £180 - 200 Annual BACP Membership – approximately £80 DBS Check - £44 for an enhanced DBS Up to £450 Independent travel to work placement per annum £120 Approx. for course books and materials, per annum
Counselling (Integrative) at West Suffolk College - UCAS