West Suffolk College
Three years full-time
2019 entry only
2019 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
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 2019. 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).
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.
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
Tuition fees are subject to agreement by the Office for Students and we expect them to be confirmed in late autumn 2018.
- 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.
- 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.
Next available intake is September 2019
2019 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.
If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.
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.