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BA (Hons) Counselling (Integrative) *

UCAS code: 
B940
Institution code: 
S82
Location: 
West Suffolk College

Duration: 

Three years full-time

Typical Offer: 

2017 entry: 110 UCAS tariff points (or above)

2018 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above)

BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Applicants will normally be 21 or over at the start of the course.

Please see Entry Requirements below.

* Subject to validation

Introduction

The approach to counselling at University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College 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.

To achieve these objectives, 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.

Course modules

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Introduction to Counselling Theory (Mandatory)
Professional Development (Mandatory)
Self-Awareness(Mandatory)
Foundational Counselling Skills (Mandatory)
Integrative Counselling Skills (Mandatory)
Philosophical Foundations of Counselling (Mandatory)
Self-Awareness and Personal Development (Mandatory)
Integrative Counselling Skills (Mandatory)
Research Skills (Mandatory)
Issues in the Counselling Room (Mandatory)
Professional Practice (Mandatory)
Self-Awareness and Reflective Practice (Mandatory)
Incorporating the Arts in the Counselling Conversation (Mandatory)
Undergraduate Dissertation (Mandatory)

Career opportunities

Employment opportunities are found in the NHS, GP surgeries, charitable foundations such as MIND, FOCUS12, in family centres, and eating disorders organisations amongst others. Counselling is increasingly being recommended by doctors and so currently demand is outstripping supply.

Fees and finance

2017-18

  • Full-time Tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time Tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information).
  • International Tuition fee: £10,080 p.a.

2018-19         

Subject to approval of maximum fee by parliament                    

  • Full-time Tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time Tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credit module (Please contact the Infozone for further information).
  • International Tuition fee: £11,500 p.a.

Further Information                                                       

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for. See Course Costs.

 

 

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

2017 entry: 110 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).
2018 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Successful applicants will hold a full level three qualification, preferably an Access to Counselling course. Applicants with a level three qualification in a different discipline will also be considered if they have successfully completed a recognised counselling course of at least 90 hours classroom attendance, which contains both theoretical and skills elements.  Other equivalent routes will be considered. Applicants will normally be 21 or over at the start of this course.

Also see How to Apply.

International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU. 

Facilities and Resources

The majority of teaching takes place in the Counselling Suite in Suffolk House, the University building at West Suffolk College. Students are able to book a room for counselling sessions related to your course via your Course Leader.