Key features of this course:
- An innovative, fascinating and up-to-date programme which will allow students to develop an impressive professional portfolio of skills to take into employment and enhance their career.
- Participants can develop their counselling knowledge and skills in a specialist area, conduct a literature review on a chosen area and undertake a negotiated work based learning project of their choice.
- Encourages a wider view of counselling in the 21st century, including the exciting developments in the present and future of the profession.
- Includes experiential and theoretical learning in a unique classroom setting, with outstanding individual support from our highly experienced teaching team.
- Graduates of the Foundation Degree (FdA) in Integrative Counselling can 'top up' their award and obtain a University Honours Degree in one year of extra study. We also welcome applications from other qualified counsellors (see below for eligibility criteria) - this course offers an excellent opportunity to refresh and update their professional skills.
- Recognised as a full-time programme and eligible for Student Finance applications, teaching takes place at Iron Mill College in Exeter or at Hereford & Ludlow College. During the course, participants are also required to undertake approximately 30-50 hours of work based learning, 20 hours of personal therapy and also continue their counselling practice (achieving a minimum of 50 counselling hours during the programme) with supervision to BACP requirements. Students will also need to allow time for independent guided study and assessment preparation.
To be eligible for this course you must:
- Possess a Foundation Degree (FdA) Counselling award at Levels 4 and 5, meeting BACP supervised practice requirements of 100 hours minimum, or equivalent. Applicants not meeting this requirement will be individually assessed by the Programme Leader, and must provide further evidence of qualifications at Level 5 or higher.
- Have achieved MBACP status (qualified counsellor and member of the BACP) at the point of application.
- Be in practice as a counsellor. It is expected that as qualified counsellors; students will enter the programme with counselling practice arranged in advance.
- Be willing to undertake a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check, plus an occupational health check, during the application process.
If you are interested in this course, you may wish to first book onto one of Iron Mill College’s Open Days or Open Evenings to find out more. If you are new to Iron Mill College or Hereford & Ludlow College, you might also find their Taster Days and Open Events a useful way to experience what it's like to study at those institutions.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) / Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL):
Entering the BA programme though RPEL:
We recognise that many counsellors trained on programmes that were not validated at Level 5, and therefore are not able to meet the entry criteria for our BA (Hons) Degree in Integrative Counselling. The RPEL assessment process is intended to provide an opportunity for qualified and experienced counsellors to apply for a place on the programme, when the standard Level 5 entry requirement cannot be met.
Further RPL information:
Applicants can claim academic credit for relevant previous study or learning experiences ("prior learning"). If you can demonstrate that you have already achieved learning which is equivalent to one or more modules, or to a whole year or level of study, relating to the course you wish to apply for at the University of Worcester, then you may make a claim for recognition of that prior learning. This applies to both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
Claims are not automatic; they have to be assessed by the University. Claims should be agreed at the point of entry to a programme, and are normally discussed and assessed alongside the application process. If your claim is successful it means that you do not have to take the modules for which credit has been awarded, or you may be able to enter directly to a higher level of study or into the second or third year of a course.
There are three forms of recognition of prior learning:
- a) Credit transfer - recognition of credit or qualification at HE level (4 or above) awarded by a UK higher education degree-awarding body in accordance with the relevant higher education qualifications framework;
- b) Recognition of prior certificated learning - (such as professional development awards or employment-based awards) which is a higher education level but which has not led to the award of credits or qualifications positioned on the relevant higher education qualifications framework;
- c) Recognition of prior experiential or informal learning.
Details of how to apply for RPL, and the relevant forms, can be found on the University of Worcester's applications web page.
BA (Hons) in Integrative Counselling (Level 6) with 120 credits.
Venue: Iron Mill College, Exeter or Hereford & Ludlow College
BA (Hons) in Integrative Counselling – 1 year ‘top-up’ programme
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Teaching and Learning
The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.
You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, experiential exercises, group work, action methods, discussion groups, modelling, audio-visual input, clinical skills, creative work and personal research.
In addition, individual meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled outside of class time on at least 3 occasions per academic year, with additional group tutorials occurring in class time if required.
The programme provides the opportunity to develop a specialism in a professional area of choice, and we also place emphasis on your own personal development throughout the programme. Your supervised placement practice will allow you to apply your learning and gain valuable experience and confidence.
In a typical week you will have around 6.25 contact hours of teaching. The precise contact hours will depend on the module. You will also be expected to carry out independent study to consolidate and enhance your learning on this programme, and to address the assessments.
Typically class contact time will be structured around:
- 2 x hours of interactive lectures, workshops and creative experiential exercises
- 1 x hours seminar and group discussion/ activities
- 2 x hours supervision, clinical work and applied learning
- 1 x hour group work
This full-time programme involves a high degree of self-directed learning at approximately 22 hours per week
Typically, this will involve:
- reading of text books and journals
- professional portfolio activities, organisation and writing
- work based learning activities and project
- placement/ workplace counselling practice – a minimum of 50 hours
- supervision of counselling practice – a minimum of 1.5 hours per month
- personal therapy and/or similar therapeutic reflective development activity – a minimum of 20 hours
- preparation for assignments
Time spent on the above activities will vary from student to student but all of the above must be included in the learning process.
There are additional costs related to most counselling programmes, such as professional body membership fees, supervision if not provided by the placement, and personal therapy costs. For a breakdown of expected additional costs on this programme, please see the ‘Fees’ tab on the BA (Hons) in Integrative Counselling page of the Iron Mill College website.
Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.
You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes experienced practitioners who are MBACP, UKCP, or MBACP (Accred.), and who are also in ongoing supervised practice as therapists. The academic team aim to create a colourful and varied learning experience, combining up to date theory, experiential activities, practical work, and reflective opportunities. Teaching is informed by research and consultancy, and all lecturers associated with the course have teaching qualifications and / or substantial teaching experience at HE level, with three members of the team being Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). You can learn more about our staff by visiting our Staff Profiles on the Iron Mill College website here.
The course provides opportunities to enhance and assess understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments. Each module has one formal or ‘summative’ assessment that is graded and counts towards the overall module grade.
- Summative assessments, such as essays, case studies, recorded practice assessments, projects and research, are formally marked. You will be awarded a grade or percentage which indicates whether you have successfully passed the module.
- Formative assessments such journal writing, feedback on skills practices, and participation in experiential work, as well as feedback from your placement and supervisor, are not formally marked, but are an important element of the course.
1 x case presentation and discussion
1 x essay
1 x literature research review
1 x work-based learning project: portfolio and presentation
In addition students will need to complete and provide evidence of:
50 counselling hours in a placement or workplace
20 hours of personal therapy/ similar therapeutic activity
30 hours (approximately) Work Based Learning
You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with module tutors as appropriate. We provide opportunities for you to receive feedback in the following forms:
- Verbal documented feedback provided in your 1:1 tutorial sessions
- Written comments from your tutor, usually attached to your assignments
- Verbal comments from your tutor associated with your work
- Generic feedback from tutors covering particular strengths/ weaknesses found in the work of a particular student group
- Comments from other students about your work (peer feedback)
- Your own comments and reflections on your work (self-assessment and feedback)
We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.
The BA programme directly addresses the recent BA QAA Subject Benchmark Statement for Counselling and Psychotherapy (2013):
“As those entering the counselling and/or psychotherapy fields require understanding of a complex body of knowledge, clinical skills, self-awareness, analytical techniques and problem-solving skills, and the ability to evaluate evidence, arguments and assumptions to reach sound independent judgements, it is likely that they will need to be qualified to at least the level of a bachelor's degree with honours.” (Section 1.4).
- IMIC3000: Advanced Professional Practice (30 credits)
- IMIC3003: Specialist Work Based Learning (30 credits)
- IMIC3004: Research for Counselling Practitioners (30 credits)
- IMIC3005: Counselling in the 21st Century (30 credits)
Our BA (Hons) Degree in Integrative Counselling is designed to enhance skills and knowledge with particular reference to employment and the development of specialist areas of interest. It provides the opportunity for advancement in a variety of counselling-related careers. Our graduates are people with the advanced theoretical and applied knowledge to make an impact on service provision.
Possible career opportunities include:
- NHS initiatives e.g. Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT).
- Educational institutions: schools, colleges and Universities.
- Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPS).
- Local Authority employee services programmes.
- Charitable agencies.
- Private practice.
The programme provides links with employers through the placement and work based learning component.
- How to apply
Apply through UCAS
Integrative Counselling BA: 52B8
UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.How to apply