"I enjoy the class discussions where we link the theory to our counselling practice, and explore the different ways of working with clients. The tutors are all very knowledgeable about counselling theory, and it is very helpful when they share examples of their own practice. I enjoy studying at Newman because the tutors are supportive and approachable, the new library has lots of study space, and there are lots of opportunities for extra-curricular activities."
Rhonda Devonish – Integrative Counselling student
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.
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
This three-year programme is usually delivered one afternoon/evening per week (currently Wednesday) and includes some Saturday workshops. There is also considerable private study required including a counselling placement in years two and three.
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.
Frequently asked Questions
For further information, download our Frequently Asked Questions booklet here.
Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling - FAQs booklet
You must have completed a level 3 qualification in counselling skills, have substantial experience of using these skills in a workplace or voluntary setting, 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. Direct entry into the second stage of the programme may be possible for applicants who have completed a relevant and recognised level 4 counselling training, subject to successful interview.
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. Such exemption may be up to a maximum of 50% of course content.
2014/15: £4,178 per year
You will not have to pay any fees up front and you will be entitled to a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees per annum. Please click here for further details.
From 2017/18 tuition fees may rise in line with inflation.
Integrative Counselling -
Core topics include:
- An Integrative Model of Counselling
- Counselling Skills Development
- Counselling Ethics and the Law
- The Counselling Relationship
- Mental Well-being and Psychopathology
- Reflective Practice
- Time Conscious Approaches to Counselling
- Research and Evidenced-based Practice
These modules may be subject to change.