Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy at Blackburn College - UCAS

Blackburn College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Lancaster University

Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy

Course summary

Our Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, qualifies you as a therapeutic counsellor working with individuals experiencing a range of mild to moderate mental health challenges. The overall aim of the FdA is to produce safe, effective and critically aware counselling practitioners with the knowledge and skills relevant to the sector. To achieve this, FdA Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy focuses on three distinctive strands: counselling skills, personal and professional development, and research informed practice. Upon completion you will be able to work as a counsellor within an organisation or private practice. A popular progression route is via the BA (Hons) Integrative Counselling Psychotherapy (Top Up), which will enable you to develop a wider range of advanced counselling skills and access postgraduate study. The experienced teaching team will complement your studies with their experience in the voluntary, private and statutory sectors - every one of them is a practising counsellor who will be able to add to your learning experience, develop your knowledge and skills and provide real insight into the role of a counsellor.


In addition to attending classroom lectures you will also complete 100 hours of supervised counselling practice. We have strong employer links to counselling organisations to help source your placement. Modules include: Level 4 (all modules are non-condonable and mandatory): Person Centred Skills, The Practice Framework, Psychological Foundations of Therapy, Building the Therapeutic Relationship, Personal Development and Resilience and Research Project 1 Level 5 (all modules are non-condonable and mandatory): Integrative and Contemporary Practice, Professional Practice and Supervision, Mental Health, Brief Interventions, Interpersonal Communication and Research Project 2

Assessment method

Throughout the course a full range of assessment techniques will be used. You could be assessed by examinations, including open-book examinations, practical assessments, assignments, briefs, essays, presentations (including group presentations), reports and portfolio building. Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examinations, open book examinations, group projects, essays, assignments or briefs, presentations, group presentations, portfolio building, self-assessment, peer assessments and a dissertation.

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

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All applicants will be required to attend a formal interview, partake in a group exercise and submit a small piece of reflective writing. The design of this follows ‘best practice guidance’ and ensures that applicants will be able to demonstrate an ability to engage with the core competences of the programme. These are: 1. the ability to engage in productive and respectful discussion with others who may have differing opinions. 2. the ability to reflect on ones’ own performance. This can be undertaken orally if the candidate prefers and 3. the ability to represent oneself in a formal arena when exploring personal rationale and past experiences. This will form part of the interview process for every candidate and involve several members of the teaching team to ensure that the decision to offer a place does not rest with a sole member of staff. A minimum of two staff members will form the interview panel and similarly two (other) staff members will observe the group discussion. The reflective writing task is explained by a staff member who has observed the discussion. The applicant’s written work is then read and considered by all staff members who have met with the group of applicants in either capacity. Hence there will be a minimum of four staff members involved in the interview

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8250 Year 1
Scotland £8250 Year 1
Wales £8250 Year 1
Channel Islands £8250 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

During the programme you will find that there are some additional costs. These include: Student Membership of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BCAP) – a cost of around £82.00 (21-22) for the year Professional Indemnity Insurance – this can cost between £45 and £150 depending on the insurance that you choose Monthly clinical supervision costs – typically between £20-60 per month You will also incur the costs of travel to/from counselling placements.
Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy at Blackburn College - UCAS