Health & Social Care

BA (Hons) Counselling (Integrative Therapy)

3 Years , Degree Programme (flexible timetables) , Stratford Campus
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Is the Course for me?

This is a practitioner-based course which allows you to develop your knowledge and skills in small groups, and supports you on your journey to becoming a professional counsellor.

The course includes an extended supervised counselling placement. You learn about contemporary research into counselling from within your chosen pathway and about the many theories, models and methods used in counselling, and engage in personal development with training in interpersonal skills.

What is involved?

BA (Hons) Counselling (Integrative Therapy) provides a solid grounding in Person-Centered and Psychodynamic theory . At level 4, a foundation for Integrative counselling is developed through theoretical understanding and applying integrative skills within real-play counselling. At level 5, Psychodynamic theories, models and methods are covered with in-depth skills and knowledge. This is contrasted against Person-Centered theories, models and methods used extensively in counselling to enhance the therapeutic process. Students develop a coherent rationale of their own integrative approach. At level 6, students apply their knowledge and evidence-based skills in a professional setting of a placement. This develops both their understanding and application of their chosen integrative approach.

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This course requires a placement of 100 hours, which students need to source themselves. Placement support is offered but it remains the students' responsibility to obtain a placement. The course is comprised of common core modules taken by all counselling students, and then specialist pathway modules.

Specialist Pathway modules

These modules are designed to build your knowledge and skills in Integrative Therapy over 3 years.

Level 4

  • Introduction to Integrative therapy
  • Developing Integrative therapy

Level 5

  • Integrating Person Centred Approaches
  • Integrating Psychodynamic Approaches
  • Synthesising Theoretical Models

Level 6

  • Integrative in Practice part 1
  • Integrative in Practice part 2

Common Core Modules

These modules are designed to form the baseline of training for all counsellors, and build over the three years to form the complete degree.

At Level 4 Introduction to Counselling; Counselling skills; Professional Ethics and Study skills help establish common skills and knowledge levels. These are complemented by Personal and Professional Development (PPD) and Introduction to Research.

At Level 5 the Law for Counsellors extends students' understanding of ethics while Introduction to Research is build up in Research Methods (part 1) and applied in Research Methods (part 2). PPD is seen as a vital element in your development and continues with PPD 2 part 1 and part 2.

At level 6 the research knowledge is applied through writing a dissertation. The focus on professional development continues with PPD 3 Part 1 and Part 2. Modules on common encountered areas are covered in Mental Health Counselling, Couples Counselling Skills and, Child and Adolescent Counselling.

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This course is validated by The Open University.

Newham College of Further Education is approved by The Open University as an appropriate organisation to offer higher education programmes leading to Open University validated awards.

The Open University has commended:

  • The ethos, dedication and professionalism of all staff in their interactions with the students, which models good practice in the counselling profession;
  • The good fit of this programme with the College ethos in terms of the range of support strategies and mechanisms, which respond to the needs of the student population;
  • The Programme Team on the tone and comprehensiveness of the student handbook and the placement handbook;
  • The welcome efforts to encourage students to engage with personal counselling and the team's intention to help students source low cost therapists.

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Current Regulatory Framework


BA (Hons) Counselling (Integrative Therapy) provides a solid grounding in Person-Centered and Psychodynamic theory and practice for those who want to go onto professional training as a psychotherapist, or other post- graduate specialist training like child therapy.

The degree provides a good basis for post-graduate study in research and other professional degrees such as social work. This course is a major step towards you becoming a professional counsellor or psychotherapist as it is designed to meet the professional registration requirements.

Please note that you will need to complete additional supervised counselling placement hours to gain accreditation with professional bodies. There are additional costs involved in the placement process that include BACP student membership and the cost of placement supervision; some placements require students to be in therapy whilst in training.

You will develop specialist people and communication skills during this course, which can open up other career opportunities where the ability to interact effectively and professionally with others is highly valued. You will also be able to apply for post-graduate study and professional training in counselling and related fields.

Students interested in researching their career options should check with BACP, , and BABCP, for the latest information and guidance.

Course Requirements

No prior study of counselling is required for entry to this course. Applications from students with a wide variety of backgrounds are encouraged and supported. Students from backgrounds in Health and Social care are most suited to the course.

Students are offered a place on the basis of either:

  • 64 UCAS points (September 2017 starts) * A level 3 Access Diploma
  • Interview and diagnostic assessment
  • Professional Standing. All students must also be interviewed before being accepted.

Students accepted on interview, and without level 2 qualifications in English and mathematics, will normally be excepted to successfully complete additional study in academic English and numeracy in their first year.

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