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.


Year 1 (L4) Introduction to Counselling Theory (40 credits) Foundational Counselling Skills (40 credits) Professional Development Self Awareness Year 2 (L5) Post-Freudian Theories and Integration (40 credits) Research Skills Self-Awareness Personal Development Integrative Counselling Practice Philosophical Foundations of Counselling Year 3 (L6) Issues in the Counselling Room Self-Awareness & Reflective Practice Professional Practice Beyond Words Dissertation (40 credits)

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


We want to maximise your chances of success during the Counselling degree programme. We also believe we owe you a duty of care to make sure that you can self-support during the learning journey. Therefore, it is important that we make sure that you are ready to commence and cope with what will be a challenging process. To achieve these ends, and in addition to the academic entry requirements, you will be asked to: 1. Attend for an interview with two members of the counselling academic team. During the interview we will explore your reasons for wishing to undertake the degree programme, as well as your general life experiences and ways of coping with adversity. 2. Participate in an experiential group aimed at exploring your level of comfort with engaging with the group experience. Each group will contain two members of the counselling academic team, as well as not be less than five, or more than 8, applicants. Both the individual interview and the experiential group will be held on the same day.

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. 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