London School of Theology is privileged to be the only institution in the United Kingdom offering this unique course called ‘Theology and Counselling’, an integrative degree programme combining studies in Theology and training in Counselling. This programme is for people interested in training to practice as clinicians in different settings such as the NHS, schools, pastoral ministry or missions, with a strong individual focus. We welcome people interested in becoming professional counsellors and needing a well-laid foundation in the Bible and Theology. The pathways after training are many, based on your ambitions and dreams. The REMA Approach Developed at London School of Theology, at the heart of our programme you will learn an approach to therapy that is relational, holistic, attuned in terms of social realities and integrative. We teach an integrative approach to therapy with a psychodynamic core. This means that the primary orientation is psychodynamic in the sense that we look to deep-seated reasons and root causes. We integrate aspects of other counselling modalities to help us to be attuned to the particular situations of individual clients rather than be equipped to move solely in a particular theory of the inner world. The REMA Approach to therapy is also integrative in that we are attuned to the centuries of reflection in the faith-based traditions of Christian theology and pastoral psychology which have most definitely not out-lived their usefulness. REMA represents the four lenses (Relational, Embodied, Meaning Making and Agency) which support our integration of theology and counselling. Every approach to therapy is rooted in pre-suppositions about psychological functioning and a way of being human. The value of human beings underpins the ethical framework but is also a psycho-social dynamic driver. We are hard wired to pursue this in our lives: high value is a powerful motivation. Where this is not forthcoming in our social or inter-personal world, something happens inside that dents our sense of self. Our primary pursuit is to be a worthwhile person living a worthwhile life that matters because we matter. The urge to count, to be endorsed is the primary drive for a Christian understanding of people’s fundamental needs. This emerges in patterns of Relating, Embodiment, Meaning and Agency in which inner disturbance shows up. Accreditation The Theology & Counselling programme is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the main professional body for counselling in the UK. This is the only Counselling programme with a Christian worldview to meet the standards of their full professional scrutiny – and to that we add theological studies with teachers of world renown, in an institution with a long track record of providing the church in the UK and around the world with its future leaders. Personal Counselling The Theology & Counselling programme requires all students to undergo their own personal therapy sessions in order to develop the self awareness they need to best relate to potential clients. Personal therapy is important because you can only take a client as far as you're willing to go yourself. Although it can be tough, it can help to put you in the place of your future client so you can better relate to them. Students are required to do 30 hours of therapy for each year with an experienced therapist. All personal therapists must be approved by LST faculty. Costs vary widely. Some therapists can offer student counsellors a place for as little as £20 a session, while others may charge upwards of £70-£80 a session. Please note that the cost of personal counselling is not included in tuition fees. Personal counselling is different to pastoral care and consequently students cannot use their pastor as their counsellor – counsellors must be cleared by the tutor.
Introduction to the New Testament, Introduction to the Old Testament, Introduction to Doctrine, Introduction to Theology, Relational Theory 1, Relational Practice 1, Relational Practice 2, Relational Practice 3, Relational Theory 1, Relational Theory 2, Relational Theory 3, Relational Growth 1, Relational Growth 2, Relational Growth 3, Jesus and the Gospels, Genesis Prophets and God, Person and Work of Christ, Relational Theology, Person and Work of the Holy Spirit, Integrative Project.
Because we are seeking a broad range of learning in the programme, assessment takes a variety of forms as appropriate to the topic being studied both for Onsite and Distance Education / Online students: ▪ Essays, which allow a student to develop a line of thought around a set question or topic. ▪ Presentations to a class, which can include written notes of the presentation. ▪ Quizzes and tests, which focus on particular areas of knowledge and understanding and take place in the classroom. ▪ Examinations, which may be ‘unseen’ or ‘seen’ in advance of sitting the paper. These permit a range of material to be assessed, notably in courses which have a strong survey or content focus. These are formally assessed and take place under exam conditions. ▪ Sermon scripts or other teaching material, especially where a module focuses on developing skills in oral communication with others. ▪ Theological reflection on practice, which brings together theory and practice. This can take a journal form or a specific reflection on a particular incident or issue. ▪ Portfolio of material of a variety of kinds, which enables students to engage with wide-ranging assessments. ▪ Level 6 project of a variety of kinds, undertaken by all students, provides the opportunity for you to explore a particular issue in more depth with guidance and supervision provided by an appropriate faculty member. For the Theology & Counselling programme, a number of different means of assessment are used. These are detailed in each module descriptor and include essays, exams, reflective journals, skills practices, commented transcripts, intensive weekends, supervisors’ reports – and finally an integrative project. The assessment requirements of each module have been designed to not only reflect the module learning outcomes, but to facilitate your application of your learning in your own personal or professional context.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
We welcome applications from people of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities on our programmes. LST is proud to have a thriving international body of students living and studying at LST. All non-UK and international students will need to apply for a visa to study at LST. You can apply for a Student visa to study in the UK if you're 16 or over and you meet the following requirements: you have been offered a place on a course by a licensed student sponsor (LST is a licensed sponsor for all undergraduate programmes); you have enough money to support yourself and pay for your course; you can speak, read, write and understand English. As of 1 January 2021, EU students are required to apply for a student visa under the new PBS. Assessment of one's eligibility for a visa will precede an offer of a place. Applicants for whom English is not a first language must ensure that their level of English is sufficient to undertake study at LST. If English is not your first language, you may be requested to take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), although this will be discussed prior to an interview. For some international students, studying at our campus is not an option, and so we also offer this course as both blended and online. Do not worry if you are unfamiliar with higher education in England! LST provides support for writing essays in the form of study skills, which all new students are required to attend. Additionally, LST lecturers operate an open-door policy, which together with peer-to-peer support available, ensures that your study experience is a postive one.
The Theology and Counselling BA Honours programme welcomes people from a wide age range, culture and Christian background. The majority of students are 25 years and over, however we do consider applicants under this age. Students enrolling for the Certificate, the Diploma or the BA Degree must demonstrate the ability to undertake an undergraduate programme of this nature successfully. This will normally mean two A levels plus three different GCSE passes at grade C or above (one GCSE must be English), or equivalent alternatives for students under 21. Mature students (aged 21 and over) without these qualifications will be considered individually through an interview with the Counselling Team. If you do not meet the above entry requirements, please contact the [email protected] who will help you to identify a suitable programme of study. Outside of usual Middlesex university requirements, applicants will need to consider if they have sufficient maturity through life experience and aptitude before taking on the study of professional counselling or pastoral care. All persons must also demonstrate the capacity to work with people from diverse age, faith and cultural backgrounds.
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English language requirements
To study in the UK, you will need to take a British Council IELTS test. You can take the IELTS test at any British Council office in your country, or at the British Embassy. We ask that you send us a copy of your certificate when you apply. Your ability to speak English will be assessed during an interview. An IELTS test is compulsory for anyone requiring a student visa. You can find out if your country is exempt at www.gov.uk/student-visa/knowledge-of-english
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9000||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9000||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9000||Year 1|
Additional fee information
London School of Theology offers a range of annual scholarships to students able to demonstrate financial need, exceptional academic ability / potential, or both. London School of Theology also offers bursaries for students in financial need, but these are only available for students once they have commenced their studies with us. Our Raising Theologians Awards are available at undergraduate and postgraduate level and across all programmes. They include scholarships covering fees and / or accommodation for one or more years. To apply for a scholarship with London School of Theology you should already have been accepted for a place to study with us. Am I eligible? To qualify for an undergraduate financial need-based award, you must fulfil the following criteria: have a family income as assessed by Student Finance England at below £35,001; not be in receipt of a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan from Student Finance England.