BA (Hons) Integrative-Relational Counselling

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This is a three-year work-based learning course delivered at Kingston College in an Integrative-Relational approach to counselling. It is validated by Middlesex University. The course focuses on developing the skills and knowledge required to work with adults on an individual basis and emphasis is given to the importance of the student's personal development as an essential part of the process.


Introductory course information

Award: BA (Hons) Integrative-Relational Counselling

UCAS Code: B940

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 (full-time)

Academic year dates: Full-time course: September 2018 - June 2021,
Part-time course: N/A

Days of the week: TBC

Work placements: Usually, you will begin to work on a counselling placement at the start of the Year Two programme, having been assessed as ‘ready to practice’ towards the end of your first year. Evidence and experience of competence to practice with clients – rather than 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 are normally available at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

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Entry requirements

  • Applicants must have successfully completed and passed a recognised Level 2 Certificate 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.
  • Experience of working with people in a helping capacity is desirable.
  • Three Selection Days will be held in March, April and June 2018 on a Saturday.
  • Applicants' previous life experiences etc. will be considered in assessing their suitability for the course. If appropriate, further details will be requested once their online application has been considered. A selection process will then follow.
  • Applications for this course are made through UCAS and will be accepted until 31 May 2018. Due to demand, early application is advised.
  • Applications from mature students with equivalent qualifications and experience are welcome, as are applications from International students with equivalent qualifications and IELTS 6.0.

Course overview

The BA Hons Programme is a British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accredited counselling course. The course focuses on developing the skills and knowledge required to work with adults on an individual basis and emphasis is given to the importance of the student's personal development as an essential part of the process.

Module information

The course aims to facilitate students' professional development as integrative-relational counsellors primarily through six main components:

  • Personal development
  • Theoretical input
  • Counselling skills training
  • Theory into practice
  • Supervision of counselling case work
  • A work placement is an integral part of the course

It is a requirement of this course that candidates should be in therapy for a minimum of 70 hours with an approved therapist during Years 2 and 3 of their study. Students are required to make a regular and active commitment to all aspects of the course. A minimum of 80% attendance is required. The award requires the accumulation of 360 credits, 120 credits for each year of study.

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.

Independent learning

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, and our computer laboratories.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning, and assessment activity.

Academic support

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).

Our Student Support Services help students with additional needs resulting from disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia. Visit their pages for more information.

Teaching staff

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, demonstrators and technical officers.

Course costs and financial support

Fees: For the academic year 2018-19 the tuition fees for this course are:

  • UK/EU students: £5,375
  • Overseas/International students: £9,000


Inflation linked tuition fee rises: The College may decide to increase tuition fees year on year at a reasonable rate in line with inflation. Any increases would not exceed the Office for Budget Responsibility’s forecast for RPI-­‐X (the retail price index, excluding mortgage interest payments). This intention will be clearly advertised on the College’s promotional material.


The following course-related costs are included in the fees:

  • annual printing allowance

The following course-related costs are not included in the fees:

  • additional printing over and above the annual allowance
  • the cost of books and equipment that you might wish to purchase.


Accommodation and living costs are not included in the fees: This information can be obtained from our Accommodation page.


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

Successful students might wish to consider further postgraduate studies to MA degree level or in a specialist area of counselling, possibly at Middlesex University, their partner colleges or any other Higher Education institution. A qualification in counselling can be applied to a wide variety of situations and an increasing range of occupations and professions where a professionally trained practitioner is required.

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