Introductory course information
Award: BA (Hons) Integrative-Relational Counselling
UCAS Information: Institution Code: K82 and Course Code: KC24
Location of study: Kingston Hall Road
Awarding body: Students who complete the course successfully will receive a degree from Middlesex University London.
Course duration: 3 years
Academic year dates: Full-time course: 04 September 2020 - July 2023
Day of the week: To attend Kingston College every Friday
Work placements: Provided that towards the end of the first year you have been assessed as ' ready to practice', you will begin to work on a counselling placement alongside your college studies at the start of the Year Two programme. Evidence and experience of competence to practice with clients rather than just with your peers in training sessions – is an essential part of your training. Placement experiences also accelerate and deepen your professional learning and understanding, and serve to increase your employability.
Timetables: Timetables will be available to you on the first day of the course .
Curriculum Administrator: Penny Gower (Wednesdays and Thursdays until 16.00)
- Applicants must have successfully completed and passed a recognised Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills and/or a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory prior to applying for the Degree.
- Four GCSEs, to include Mathematics and English at grade C/4 or above.
- Applicants' previous life experiences both personally and professionally will be considered in assessing their suitability for the course. Further details will be requested once the UCAS online application has been received and considered.
- Provided the above entry requirements have been met applicants will be offered an invitation to attend a Selection Day. The Selection Day activity is an essential component of the application process not withstanding any personal attributes of the applicant and qualifications held.
- Experience of working with people in a helping capacity is desirable.
- Due to demand, early application is advised. Please note UCAS applications will be accepted until the end of May 2020.
- 3 Selection Days will be held each year. The dates for 2020 are Saturday 07 March 2020, Saturday 25 April 2020 and Saturday 27 June 2020.
Letter of Application
Candidates will be requested and must supply separately along with their UCAS application a letter explaining their motivation for joining the course and demonstrating their suitability for it by answering a number of given questions.
Suitable applicants will be invited to a Selection Day, where they will be required to further demonstrate their suitability for the course by
A reference from your present/ previous institution if you were a student in the last 4 years or from a line manager if you are currently working must be included in your UCAS application. A second reference will be taken up before interview/selection. Referees are asked to comment on the candidate’s personal and academic qualities and their suitability for the course.
In a group of between 10 and 16, candidates are facilitated through a series of exercises over 2 hours. This is designed to allow them to demonstrate their:
- self-awareness, maturity, stability ;
- sensitivity to and understanding of others;
- ability to interact effectively with others in pairs and in the larger group;
- emotional groundedness;
- fluency of verbal expression;
- understanding of the nature of counselling and the attributes of effective counsellors.
Candidates undertake a written task lasting half an hour (answering questions on a case study) designed to allow them to show their:
- ability to comprehend prose and to write effectively to a time limit;
- ability to apply theoretical understandings of counselling to a case.
Individual Interview (optional)
Candidates undergo a structured interview lasting 25 minutes. The interview is designed to allow them to demonstrate their:
- self-awareness , maturity, stability;
- fluency of verbal expression;
- ability to interact effectively with interviewer;
- ability to be reflective;
- emotional groundedness;
- understanding of the nature of counselling and the attributes of effective counsellors;
- ability to form a realistic assessment of their current knowledge, attributes, qualities and abilities relative to the goal of becoming an effective counsellor;
- academic understanding of counselling;
- understanding and awareness of issues of prejudice, oppression, difference and equality.
The course focuses on developing the skills and knowledge required to work with others on an individual basis and emphasis is given to the importance of personal development as an essential part of the process, with increasing weight placed on the clinical component of the student’s learning.
A work placement starting in Year 2 is an integral part of the course and students will supported in finding a suitable placement.
- Personal Development Group Module (30 Credits)
- Theoretical Seminars / Modules are taught units of 5 sessions per unit (60 Credits) covering:
- Introduction to the Meta-Relational Model
- Working Alliance
- Counselling Skills in a relational context (30 Credits)
- Theoretical Seminars / Modules are taught units of 5 sessions per unit (60 Credits) covering:-
- Assessment & Change Processes
- Transference & Countertransference Relationship
- Brief Counselling in Relational Context
- Attachment, Separation & Loss
- Developmentally-needed/Reparative Relationship
- Research Models + Saturday School (7hrs)
- Theory into practice/counselling skills training (30 Credits): This considers the application of theory into the practice of integrative counselling within a relational model. This includes structured and formally assessed counselling practice and feedback, role-play, discussion and continuing skills development.
- Counselling Supervision (30 Credits) is an essential part of the course. Supervision offers support and builds the trainees abilities as a counsellor and protects the client as far as possible whilst the trainee gains experience. It also introduces the trainee to the application of theoretical concepts to practical counselling.
- Theoretical Seminars / Modules are taught units of 5 sessions per unit (Total of 60 Credits) covering:
- Theoretical Perspectives 3/Dissertation (research)
- Research Dissertation
- Theoretical Perspectives 3/ Dissertation (case study)
- Body-mind Perspectives
- Contact Styles
- Assessment & Change Processes – Psychopathology (2)
- Psycho-spiritual Perspectives
- Person to Person – Existentialism
- Integrative-Relational Approach Consolidation
- CBT in relational context
- Theory into practice/counselling skills training (30 Credits)
- Counselling Supervision (30 Credits)
The three-year B.A. (Hons.) is British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Accredited, and thus, follows the criteria for the Recognition of Counselling Courses. Students are eligible to join the BACP Professional Registry once they have completed the three-year course. Graduates may apply for the further distinction of individual BACP accreditation as a counsellor once they have fulfilled the BACP criteria regarding post-qualification counselling and supervision hours.
Teaching and learning
You are taught through a combination of lectures and seminars one day a week (Friday) at College, 8.30-16.30. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. You will have access to computer labs and library facilities throughout your course.
When not attending lectures, seminars and other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library, the Undergraduate Centre.
The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark, and eventual degree classification. Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as theory essays, case studies, counselling skills practicals, professional development, presentations and your final year dissertation. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. Assessment tasks are mainly spread across the year to make the workload manageable. Some assessment tasks, inevitably, come near the end of the academic year.
Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, work-study counselling placement, personal therapy, independent learning, and assessment activity. The course is listed as “Full-time” for administrative reasons. The actual time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course is more likened to a part-time course. The workload increases year-by-year.
Our Academic Support Team provides help in the following areas:
- study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
- written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
- academic writing (including how to reference)
- research skills (in conjunction with the library)
- critical thinking and understanding arguments
- revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience.
Course costs and financial support
The following course-related costs are included in the fees:
- annual printing allowance
The following course-related costs are not included in the fees:
- Personal Therapy costs in years 2 and 3 (£5000 approx)
- BACP Membership
- Additional printing over and above the annual allowance
- Cost of books and equipment that you might wish to purchase.
Accommodation and living costs are not included in the fees.
Sources of financial support: You may be eligible to apply for additional support. Details can be obtained from our Money to Study page.
Bursaries, scholarships and prizes: The College also provides a number of scholarships and prizes for undergraduate students, for which you may be eligible to apply. Some of these are available to students on any course, and some have specific conditions. You can check your eligibility for these types of financial support, along with their value and application deadlines, at our Scholarships, Bursaries and Prizes page.
Careers and progression
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