Integrative Counselling Foundation Degree (BACP accreditation)

, Part-time

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Key Details

  • 3 Years
  • Part Time


This degree received 100% student satisfaction for ‘the teaching on my course’ (Unistats 2016)

Counselling is increasingly being recognised as an area of professional specialisation and practice.

In the near future it is likely that counsellors will need to be professionally registered and possibly of graduate level.

A professional counselling training course, Newman’s Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling has been developed to place our graduates in a strong position to meet these challenges. The Foundation Degree is aimed at those who wish to combine study with work and make useful connections between the two.

Who is it for?

  • Those wishing to develop a career as a professional counsellor – the course offers academic and professional counselling training
  • Those wanting to enhance their current practice
  • Those wishing to develop academic and research skills and work towards professional accreditation.

Special Features

The course is built around a coherent integrative model that is informed by current research and by developments in the professional requirements for counsellors in the UK. The course provides both professional and academic training, producing reflective practitioners who are equipped to meet the future challenges in counselling. This course is accredited by the BACP and is structured to support applications for individual accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and subscribes to the BACP Ethical Framework (2010).

As part of your commitment to professional development, you will be required to join the BACP as a student member by the end of year 1. In years 2 and 3, you will undertake a counselling placement requiring clinical supervision. Over the course of the Foundation degree, you will engage in 40 hours of personal therapy to enhance self-awareness and professional practice. The cost of all these elements is in addition to the course fees.

“The course provides a quality, coherent, well managed learning experience, incorporating an effective balance of challenge and support. There is a commendably high level of support for students, in terms responsiveness to individual learning needs, study support, accessible resources and facilities – an ethos of putting individual welfare first, at an institutional, departmental and programme level”. – BACP Assessors


This three-year programme is usually delivered one day per week year one on a Thursday and years 2 and 3  on a Wednesday and includes some Saturday workshops. There is also considerable private study required including a counselling placement in years two and three.


Learning outcomes will be assessed using a variety of methods including traditional essays, personal reflections and journals, taped counselling sessions, practice log books and supervisors’ reports.


Successful completion of the Foundation Degree can lead to further study for a year at level 6 and to a BA (Hons) degree. Newman currently offers a Counselling BA (Hons) top-up award.

Entry Requirements

You must have completed a face-to-face level 3 qualification in counselling skills, have substantial experience of using these skills in a workplace or voluntary setting, and have demonstrated at interview your suitability to undertake counselling training. Those without a level 3 qualification may apply for the Introductory Certificate in Counselling and then apply to transfer onto the Foundation Degree.

Newman’s Approved Prior Learning (APEL) policy can be applied to any applicants who consider they have qualifications or experience that may warrant them being granted exemption from elements of a particular course.

Applicants will be invited to attend a selection day where their abilities will be tested through a group task and individual interview.

Applicants will need to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance prior to starting the course.  For more information on your DBS application please click here.

Contact details

ContactAdmissions Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2378) Email:

Faisal Mahmood (Senior Lecturer in Counselling) Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2391) Email:


Course Fees

Fees per academic year: 2018/19 Part-time Home/EU students: £4,560 *

Fees shown are for 2018/19 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Additional costs: A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is required for entry into this programme. The cost of the DBS is currently £55 (including processing fee) with the option of subscribing to the update service which is currently £13 per year. For more information on your DBS application please click here.

As part of your committement to professional development, you will be required to join the BACP as a student member by the end of semester 1 of year 1. The cost of the BACP membership is £80 (2017/18).

Whilst on a counselling placement during the second year (level 5), students are required to recieve and regularly attend supervision sessions from an approved supervisor. Sessions take place every fortnight (two per month) and the average cost for a clinical supervision session is £35-50 per session (2017/18).

Over the course of the degree, you will engage in 40 hours of personal therapy to ensure self-awareness and professional practice. The average cost of personal therapy is £35-50 per session (2017/18).