Integrative Counselling FD - BACP Accredited

Course length: 3 years part-time


This degree received 100% student satisfaction for ‘the teaching on my course’ (Unistats 2016)


Counselling is increasingly being recognised as an area of professional specialisation and practice.

In the near future it is likely that counsellors will need to be professionally registered and possibly of graduate level.

A professional counselling training course, Newman’s Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling has been developed to place our graduates in a strong position to meet these challenges. The Foundation Degree is aimed at those who wish to combine study with work and make useful connections between the two.

Who is it for?
  • Those wishing to develop a career as a professional counsellor - the course offers academic and professional counselling training
  • Those wanting to enhance their current practice
  • Those wishing to develop academic and research skills and work towards professional accreditation.
Special Features

The course is built around a coherent integrative model that is informed by current research and by developments in the professional requirements for counsellors in the UK. The course provides both professional and academic training, producing reflective practitioners who are equipped to meet the future challenges in counselling. This course is accredited by the BACP and is structured to support applications for individual accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and subscribes to the BACP Ethical Framework (2010).

As part of your commitment to professional development, you will be required to join the BACP as a student member by the end of year 1. In years 2 and 3, you will undertake a counselling placement requiring clinical supervision. Over the course of the Foundation degree, you will engage in 40 hours of personal therapy to enhance self-awareness and professional practice. The cost of all these elements is in addition to the course fees.

"The course provides a quality, coherent, well managed learning experience, incorporating an effective balance of challenge and support. There is a commendably high level of support for students, in terms responsiveness to individual learning needs, study support, accessible resources and facilities – an ethos of putting individual welfare first, at an institutional, departmental and programme level". - BACP Assessors


The central aim of the Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling (BACP Accredited) is to provide a theoretical foundation and practitioner training in Integrative Counselling, which will enable students to practice as individual counsellors with adult clients. Graduates should have sufficient grounding in ethics, practice, theory, difference and diversity, research and skills to begin a career within the counselling profession, in such fields as primary health care, voluntary (or third) sector organisations, work-based counselling and university and college counselling, and private practice. They should also be able to apply counselling skills, knowledge and perspectives within a range of counselling-related settings.


The Newman Foundation Degree in counselling aims to produce graduates who are:

1.     Competent to practice as a counsellor in a range of applied vocational settings, through applying the range of knowledge and skills acquired through the programme

2.     Able to work collaboratively with colleagues and other professionals in vocational settings, through the use of effective team working skills.

3.     Able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of an integrative approach to counselling, and to apply this to work with a diverse range of client populations and presenting issues.

4.     Well informed about the range of theories which currently guide the practice of counselling in the UK and able to critically evaluate these, and to apply insights from them to their own practice as integrative practitioners.

5.     Able to critically interact with the literature on counselling, to keep abreast of innovation and new developments in the field, and to apply new insights into their own practice.

6.     Able to practice as counsellors in a professional, ethical and competent manner.

7.     Able to read and understand research reports and to design and carry out, with appropriate supervision, a small-scale empirical research project relevant to counselling, and to present the results in an appropriate manner.

8.     Tolerant of other approaches and views, and able to work with and value diversity.

9.     Able to take responsibility for their own personal and professional development as counsellors, to monitor and evaluate their own learning, and to recognise the importance of reflective practice and of continuing professional development.


This three-year programme is usually delivered one day per week year one on a Thursday and years 2 and 3  on a Wednesday and includes some Saturday workshops. There is also considerable private study required including a counselling placement in years two and three.

Teaching days and times (2017/18)

Year One - Thursdays
Year Two - Wednesdays
Year Three - Wednesdays

Students are required to be available from 9-9:30 am. Taught sessions run between 11:00 am and 5.15 pm for each year group. The period prior to taught sessions may be required for personal tutorials, meetings with regards to clinical placements, and skills practice.


Learning outcomes will be assessed using a variety of methods including traditional essays, personal reflections and journals, taped counselling sessions, practice log books and supervisors’ reports.


Successful completion of the Foundation Degree can lead to further study for a year at level 6 and to a BA (Hons) degree. Newman currently offers a Counselling BA (Hons) top-up award.


Newman University would like to draw your attention to our Academic Regulations. These regulations are your Terms of Reference and should be considered when making a decision to study with our institution.

Entry requirements

You must have completed a face-to-face level 3 qualification in counselling skills, have some experience of using these skills in a workplace or voluntary setting or during your counselling skills training, and have demonstrated at interview your suitability to undertake counselling training. Those without a level 3 qualification may apply for the Introductory Certificate in Counselling and then apply to transfer onto the Foundation Degree. 

Newman’s Approved Prior Learning (APEL) policy can be applied to any applicants who consider they have qualifications or experience that may warrant them being granted exemption from elements of a particular course.

Applicants will be invited to attend a selection day where their abilities will be tested through a group task and individual interview. 

Applicants will need to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance prior to starting the course.  For more information on your DBS application please click here.


Fees per academic year: 2017/18 

Part-time Home/EU students: £4,500 * 

Part-time International Students:  N/A

Please note for 2018/19 the University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Finance and Scholarship information

Additional costs:

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is required for entry into this programme.  The cost of the DBS is currently £55 (including processing fee) with the option of subscribing to the update service which is currently £13 per year.  For more information on your DBS application please click here

As part of your committement to professional development, you will be required to join the BACP as a student member by the end of semester 1 of year 1.  The cost of the BACP membership is £80 (2017/18). 

Whilst on a counselling placement during the second year (level 5), students are required to recieve and regularly attend supervision sessions from an approved supervisor.  Sessions take place every fortnight (two per month) and the average cost for a clinical supervision session is £35-50 per session (2017/18).

Over the course of the degree, you will engage in 40 hours of personal therapy to ensure self-awareness and professional practice.  The average cost of personal therapy is £35-50 per session (2017/18). 

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