The approach to counselling is integrative; an approach which has developed over the past half century, as a result of counselling outcomes research.
The integrative model involves drawing 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 such as freedom, death, anxiety and guilt.
Integration is also concerned with understanding why and how we are happy to show certain aspects of ourselves while hiding other parts. The aim of integrative counselling would then be to enable access to our whole self.
The course is divided into three general areas; firstly, the professional - students will learn about law, ethics, boundaries and other aspects of professionalism.
Secondly, students will learn and practice new skills, at first this will be in the classroom practising on other students, but later this will expand into working in a placement, counselling real clients. Thirdly, the theoretical concepts will be offered to students who will learn how to apply them to their counselling work.
Lastly, students will engage in a process of self-awareness which will support their learning and development across the course.
Employment opportunities are found in the NHS, GP surgeries, charitable foundations such as MIND, FOCUS12, in family centres, and eating disorders organisations amongst others.
Fees and finance
£8,500 per year
Students are required to undertake supervision, which costs £40 - £60/month approx.
Students are required to undertake 40 hours counselling over the duration of three years, which costs £40/hour approx.
There is a requirement to participate twice in a two-day residential course, which costs £120 - £180 approx.
Annual BACP membership £80 approx.
DBS check £40
UCAS tariff: 112 Points
A Levels: BBC
Pearson BTEC level 3: DMM
Days & times
Date(s) to be confirmed