Integrative Counselling

New City College (incorporating Havering College)

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Open University Validating Partnership
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Course summary

The BA (Hons) Integrative Counselling is a three-year course validated by the Open University. The BA (Hons) Integrative Counselling currently runs for two days per week (this could be subject to change). It is designed to enhance skills and knowledge with particular reference to employment and the development of specialist areas of interest. The core integrative model (Humanistic/Psychodynamic/Cognitive-Behavioural) is built upon Clarkson’s relationship model and ongoing evaluation. It draws 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. The aim of integrative counselling is to enable access to our whole self and treat the person as a whole. Havering Colleges, New City College is registered with the Office for Students. On the BA (Hons) Integrative Counselling programme your study will be closely linked to your experience in the workplace. This is a classroom-based course incorporating work placement. For full-time students, the course is studied over a period of three years. Attendance is 2 days per week plus completion of 150 client hours and completion of 60 hours of personal counselling. The course will take place at our Ardleigh Green Campus. Students can progress from this course to work as a professional counselor/therapist to help people overcome their difficulties. It also provides the opportunity for advancement in a variety of counselling-related careers. Successful students will be qualified to practice as a counselor and apply for any appropriate positions within this field.

Course details


Level 4 Context of theory in Integrative Counselling - 30 credits Counselling skills practice - 30 credits Preparing to work in a diverse society - 30 credits Readiness for Personal and Professional Practice - 15 credits Development in the Human Lifespan - 15 credits Level 5 Application of theory in Integrative Counselling - 30 credits Working in a diverse society - 30 credits Client work 1 - 30 credits Exploring research - 15 credits Ethics and professional practice - 15 credits Level 6 Counselling Evolution - 15 credits Client work 2 - 15 credits Engaging with mental health issues - 30 credits Counselling in a diverse society - 15 credits Research project - 45 credits

Assessment method

You will be assessed in all the modules that you study. The programme team has designed a range of assessment methods to test your learning and development as you progress through the programme. Assessment will take place during or immediately on completion of the teaching of each module. Assessment will usually involve submitted written assignments, seminar papers, portfolios, presentations, practicals, completion of 150 client hours (placement commences at Level 5) and completion of 60 hours’ personal counselling. The teaching year begins in September and ends in June. A typical student registered in full-time attendance mode will study the equivalent of 120 credits over one academic year and will attend College for two days per week. Students will either be working or volunteering within a setting and be able to commit to self-study alongside the programme. All of our teaching staff are experienced professionals in the field of Counselling. All students are allocated a personal tutor who will be your first point of communication should you have any queries or concerns. Regular 1:1 sessions will take place within the classroom where there will be the opportunity to discuss your course and progress.

Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students

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How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeBCX8
Institution code H14
Campus nameArdleigh Green
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

This course is not open to International applications.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 48 points You must have a counselling qualification at Level 3
Access to HE Diploma P: 45 credits Must be in Access to Counselling
GCSE/National 4/National 5 English language and maths at grade 4(C) or above

A minimum age of 18 years is a requirement. A current DBS is required for some placements (charges may apply). Successful completion of interview. The session will include participation in a skills/role play activity; a written case study exercise; and a formal interview.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

If you do not already hold a DBS, the application will be completed as part of the induction process.


Successful completion of interview. The session will include participation in a skills/role play activity; a written case study exercise; and a formal interview.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6000 Year 1
Scotland £6000 Year 1
Wales £6000 Year 1

Additional fee information

College Membership Fee: £30 per year DBS: £44 (TBC) Approximately £100 per year for academic reading books
Integrative Counselling at New City College (incorporating Havering College) - UCAS