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About the course

This study programme is designed for our aged 19+ adult learners.

Please visit our 16-18 section for alternative courses.

This integrative Counselling Course focuses on both theoretical and experiential learning. The main theories studied are Person Centred, Freudian, Jungian, Developmental approaches. This compliments the experiential learning aspect of the course, which consists of practical counselling skills work and an experiential group to develop self-awareness.

More information will be given at interview stage.

Students are required to adhere to the BACP ethical framework. As a professional course, students' dress and appearance should be of a professional standard.


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Entry requirements

Applicants must be aged 19 or over as at 31 August to be eligible for this course, and / or a reasonable level of maturity.


Applicants will be required to supply a current basic disclosure form within the first six weeks of the course and 2 references, one from an employer and one character reference should be supplied to the Course Director at the time of interview. The character reference must be someone who has known you for at least 2 years, who is a professional-qualified person (i.e. doctor, MP, Police officer, lawyer, sponsor etc.) and is not a family member or under 18 years of age.


All applicants will be sent an assignment, which they will need to bring to the interview. A reasonable level of maturity and life experience is required. Applicants should have English GCSE grade A-C or equivalent. Candidates will also need to be able to organise written information clearly and coherently.


West Suffolk College runs 10 week Introduction to Counselling Courses three times a year. This course is ideal for those wishing to discover if the counselling profession is right for them before committing to the Access Counselling courses or the BA in Integrative Counselling (subject to meeting entry requirements).


Students are advised to enquire as to individual university entry requirements, e.g. most universities now require GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade C or above for their courses. An Access course is of A2 Level study standard and while there are no formal entry requirements, we must ensure at interview that applicants have a good chance of success.


Applicants will be invited to a group and individual interviews where they can find out more about the course from the tutors and discuss whether this is the course for them.




Successful candidates will be awarded the Access to Higher Education Diploma in conjunction with CAVA (Cambridge Access Validating Agency).

What you'll learn (core modules)

The course consists of experiential group work, skills work and psychotherapeutic theory.

How will I be assessed?

Through a combination of methods such as reports/essay, presentations and time constrained tests.

Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)

The course is delivered at:

University Studies Campus
73 Western Way
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk IP33 3TB

Where will this course take me?

Higher Education BA (Hons) Integrative Counselling or move on to other courses through the Credit Accumulation Scheme. All students who wish to go on to practise as professional counsellors are strongly advised to work towards individual accreditation with the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) or another recognised accrediting organisation.

How much will it cost?

Funding is available via Student Finance England in addition to other funding methods.

The course fees are waived if the student is under 24 years of age and has not completed a full Level 3 qualification.

Students over 24 years can finance their course through an Advanced Learner Loan.

If you need help with funding

For further information on the Advanced Learner Loan please head to our information page: Advanced Learner Loan

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Please apply online, or email us to find out more: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Days & times

Starting 18/09/2023
Thursday 09:00 - 15:00
Friday 09:00 - 15:30

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