Counselling and Psychotherapy at Warwickshire College and University Centre - UCAS

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Course summary

This course meets professional standards required to practise as a psychological counsellor with clients of all ages and in a range of settings. Students taking the BSc (Hons) course will achieve their qualification at level 6 after three years full-time study. An alternative route is to study for the FdSc course with qualification at level 5 and then progress to the top-up course to achieve the full level 6 while in practice. Linking theory to practice on a clinically-supervised placement, and offering a choice of Person-Centred (PC) or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) pathways, the course will develop your skills to work with a wide range of clients, including children and young people (CYP), couples and relationships*, and clients with complex issues. In addition, this course will provide you with the professional and academic training to become a reflective practitioner who can meet changing needs within the counselling profession. This course meets the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) training requirements for graduates to take the Certificate of Proficiency and to pursue post-qualification individual membership and accreditation. The CYP element of the course is delivered in accordance with BACP competencies. *Couples and relationship counselling is covered at level 6 only. The taught sessions will be delivered at Royal Leamington Spa College or at Pershore College with additional individual academic, pastoral and dissertation tutorials. Further commitment is required for self-directed study and assessment. For the September 2024 intake, classes for the full time course in Year 1 will be held on Wednesday mornings from 9.00am to 1.00pm and all day on Thursdays from 9.00am to 5.30pm. This course is delivered and awarded by Warwickshire College and is regulated by the Office for Students (OfS). For our Higher Education Terms and Conditions please visit


Modules may include: Level 4 Academic Study Skills, Employability and T-Shaped (WCG Generic) (20 credits) Psychotherapeutic Approach: CBT (40 credits) or Psychotherapeutic Approach: PC (40 credits) Personal and Professional Development 1 (20 credits) Ethics, Law and Culture (20 credits) Counselling Children and Young People (20 credits) Level 5 WBPL (WCG Generic) (20 credits) Personal and Professional Development 2 (20 credits) Developing Competence: CBT (40 credits) or Developing Competence: PC (40 credits) Mental Health and Wellbeing (20 credits) Integrity and Integration (20 credits) Level 6 Dissertation (40 credits) Research Methods (WCG Generic) (20 credits) Couples and Systems (20 credits) Assessment and Evaluation (20 credits) Developments in Psychotherapy (20 credits) All students must complete an additional 120 hours of work-based learning to achieve their qualification. This comprises 100 appropriately supervised clinical placement hours across the duration of the course and 20 hours to be completed at Level 4 which includes personal therapy and additional online learning. For further details about this course, please refer to the programme specification here: We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated, please contact us for the latest information.

Assessment method

A range of formative and summative assessments include practical skills assessments, essays, presentations, reports, blogs, timed assessments and a final dissertation project.

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Ideally, applicants will have achieved a full Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills before the start of the course. However, applicants with a Level 2 in Counselling Skills will be considered provided that they are deemed to have sufficient transferable experience AND alternative relevant qualifications at Level 3 or above. Prior to interview applicants must supply a robust supportive reference confirming academic and psychological readiness from their course tutor AND evidence of any other qualifications required to support the application. Supervised clinical practice is an integral and essential part of the course and students are responsible for securing and completing an approved placement to complete a minimum 100 clinical hours. Applicants will be assessed on their potential to meet the academic and vocational expectations of the course and their potential to meet training standards required by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) for individual membership. Entry requirements are for guidance only. We welcome students with equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please contact us to discuss further.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

In order to complete the mandatory clinical placement, students will be required to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which is usually paid for by the placement provider.


Applicants may be invited to attend an interview where they will be asked questions to establish sufficient readiness and robustness to undertake this academic and work-based learning programme and to meet the emotional demands of the course. Prior to interview applicants must supply a robust supportive reference confirming academic and psychological readiness from their course tutor AND evidence of any other qualifications required to support the application.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7975 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7975 Year 1
Scotland £7975 Year 1
Wales £7975 Year 1
EU £11950 Year 1
International £11950 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

WCUC tuition fees are listed per academic year and will remain for the duration of your course. The following course-related costs are not included in the fees: Essential: BACP Student Membership (see BACP website) Essential: Personal Therapy 10 hours (costs variable) Essential: Clinical Supervision - 1.5 hours minimum per calendar month when working with clients (costs variable) Professional indemnity insurance when on placement (costs variable) Printing Cost of books that you might wish to purchase Cost of electrical equipment such as laptops, notebooks and stationery for your personal use Accommodation and living costs not included in the fees: This information can be obtained from our Accommodation webpage ( Sources of financial support If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be obtained from our HE fees and financial support webpage ( Bursaries WCG also provides bursaries for undergraduate students, for which you may be eligible to apply. You can check your eligibility for these types of financial support, along with their value and application deadlines, at our HE fees and financial support webpage (

Provider information

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Warwickshire College and University Centre
Warwick New Road
Leamington Spa
CV32 5JE

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Counselling and Psychotherapy at Warwickshire College and University Centre - UCAS