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BA (Hons) Counselling (Integrative) *

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West Suffolk College


Three years full-time


Typical Offer: 

112 UCAS tariff points (or above)

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

All applicants are required to hold GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above. Applicants who do not hold these qualifications may be considered on an individual basis based upon their overall application and the course applied for.

If you do not hold these qualifications please contact Admissions directly on 01473 338348 to discuss.

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


* Subject to validation

This course is delivered at the University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds.



The next available intake for this course is September 2020. 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. Integration is also concerned with understanding why and how we show certain aspects of ourselves while concealing other parts. The aim of integrative counselling is 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 professional aspects of counselling. Secondly, students will learn and practice new skills. Initially this will be in the classroom practising with other students; this will eventually expand into working in a counselling placement. Thirdly, theoretical concepts will be offered to students who will learn how to apply them to their counselling work. Throughout the course, students will engage in a process of self-awareness, which will support their learning and development.

A feature of the course is a requirement to undertake a two day residential course twice during the three year course (see course costs).

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 within 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


  • 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: £11,790 p.a.

Further Information                                                       

  • Tuition Fees
  • Financial Support 
  • 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. 



Entry requirements

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.