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BA (Hons) Integrative Counselling Degree

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Course Location

Ardleigh Green

Course Level

Level 6

Course Summary

The BA (Hons) Integrative Counselling is a three-year course validated by the Open University. The BA (Hons) Integrative Counselling currently runs for two days per week (this could be subject to change). It is designed to enhance skills and knowledge with particular reference to employment and the development of specialist areas of interest. The core integrative model (Humanistic/Psychodynamic/Cognitive-Behavioural) is built upon Clarkson’s relationship model and ongoing evaluation. It draws 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. The aim of integrative counselling is to enable access to our whole self and treat the person as a whole. Havering Colleges, New City College is registered with the Office for Students.

Course Information

On the BA (Hons) Integrative Counselling programme your study will be closely linked to your experience in the workplace. This is a classroom-based course incorporating a work placement.

You will study a selection of modules over the three years:

Level 4

  • Context of theory in Integrative Counselling 30 credits
  • Counselling skills practice 30 credits
  • Preparing to work in a diverse society 30 credits
  • Readiness for Personal and Professional Practice 15 credits
  • Development in the Human Lifespan 15 credits

Level 5

  • Application of theory in Integrative Counselling 30 credits
  • Working in a diverse society 30 credits
  • Client work 1 30 credits
  • Exploring research 15 credits
  • Ethics and professional practice 15 credits

Level 6

  • Counselling Evolution 15 credit
  • Client work 2 15 credits
  • Engaging with mental health issues 30 credits
  • Counselling in a diverse society 15 credits
  • Research project 45 credits

For full-time students, the course is studied over a period of three years. Attendance is two days per week plus completion of 150 client hours and completion of 60 hours of personal counselling. The course will take place at our Ardleigh Green campus.

Assessment Method

You will be assessed in all the modules that you study. The programme team has designed a range of assessment methods to test your learning and development as you progress through the programme.

Assessment will take place during or immediately on completion of the teaching of each module. Assessment will usually involve submitted written assignments, seminar papers, portfolios, presentations, practicals, completion of 150 client hours (placement commences at Level 5) and completion of 60 hours’ personal counselling.


Students can progress from this course to work as a professional Counsellor/Therapist to help people overcome their difficulties. It also provides the opportunity for advancement in a variety of counselling-related careers. Successful students will be qualified to practice as a Counsellor and apply for any appropriate positions within this field.

How Will I Learn?

The teaching year begins in September and ends in June. A typical student registered on this full-time attendance mode will study the equivalent of 120 credits over one academic year and will attend College for two days per week. Students will either be working or volunteering within a setting and be able to commit to self-study alongside the programme.

Course Duration/Delivery

This is a full time course and the course is studied over a period of three years. Attendance is 2 days per week plus completion of 150 client hours and completion of 60 hours of personal counselling.

Funding For My Studies

You can apply for the ‘Student loan’. Student loans can include a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan to help with your living costs. Help and advice is available.

Compulsory Cost


Compulsory Cost Details

2020/21: Tuition fees £6,000 per year
DBS check: £44 (TBC)
Approximately £100 per year for academic reading books

Qualification Type

Higher Education

Exam Board

Open University