Counselling: Integrative Theory & Practice BA (Hons) 2020/21 entry

Course code:

B941 - Degree
B942 - HND
B943 - HNC

Study options:

3 year - Degree
2 year - HND
1 year - HNC

Location:

CU London

Starting:

September 2020
November 2020
January 2021
February 2021
April 2021
June 2021

Fees:

To be confirmed

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

0203 873 0700


cul@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

Counselling is the skilled and principled use of a collaborative relationship using a variety of counselling models and interventions. Counselling is a healing and organic process that occurs when a counsellor and client come together to bring about change and to develop a therapeutic relationship. The counselling relationship can be a place for clients to recognise how they are feeling and explore any past, present and possibly future issues/life events that they may have.

This course will provide students with all the necessary knowledge and skills required to work as an ethical and professional counselling practitioner. This is an integrative counselling course which means students will learn a variety of counselling models and how to integrate these together creating a therapist that can tailor support to the client's needs.

If you are interested in a career in counselling, then this degree provides an excellent route into the profession. This course is designed to enable students to become confident, competent and reflective practitioners in the counselling field though a carefully constructed programme of study. The degree involves completing a 100 client contact hours in a placement sourced by the student, with the support of the university.

Personal Therapy

All students are required to complete 10 hours of personal therapy in the first 2 years of the degree, students will be expected to find their own therapist with guidance from their tutor. Personal therapy is funded by the student.

Placements

Students working towards theory and practice are required to complete 100 hours of face to face client placement hours which they will be expected to source in their second or third year of the degree, with the support of the university.

Supervision

All students in placement are required to source and pay for their own supervision in line with BACP guidelines.

Why CU London

We offer a style of education which is flexible and designed to fit around your life, allowing you to benefit from a modern, forward-thinking higher education institution, reinforced by the quality and reputation of Coventry University. We aim to provide career-focused courses, wherever possible, coupled with placement opportunities to help prepare you for the world of work. We are dedicated to making higher education accessible and enjoyable to everyone, so we keep our fees low and made it a policy to cover one module at a time, allowing you to become a specialist in each topic before moving onto the next.

Employability

Dedicated Careers & Employability department who will assist you in finding employment

Top Quality Courses

Taught by industry professionals, awarded by Coventry University

No End of Year Exams

Our modern teaching techniques mean no last-minute cramming and less stress

Professional Recognition

Specific courses contain additional industry recognised qualifications from awarding bodies

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What our students say

We receive a lot of individual attention from the lecturers. The smaller groups mean I get as much help and support I could ever need.

Aleksandra Foja - CU Student

Course information

This course has been developed around an integrative model, based on person-centred practice. It provides a framework that integrates widely used theories and acknowledges the complexities of human problems in a meaningful way.

This counselling degree also offers content that is relevant to contemporary counselling studies, practice that will enable you to develop into an autonomous learner and progress onto your chosen career.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

This introductory year underpins the fundamental elements of counselling practice. You will begin to develop the ability to confidently use secondary research skills by gathering, retrieving, reviewing and synthesising information appropriate to your area of study. Students who complete year one are eligible for a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Counselling: Integrative Theory & Practice.

Modules

  • Counselling Models and Concepts

    In this introductory module, you will explore the essential foundations of counselling. You will learn emotive and professional boundaries, the ideal environment for effective practice, establishing and defining a professional relationship and building rapport with your client. 

  • Social, Legal and Ethical Context of Counselling

    Protecting both professional-and client rights are paramount to a successful practice. You will evaluate situations that can leave someone at risk, discuss when to break client confidentiality and the laws and procedures that protect you when you do so. You will also cover different social groups and adapting your practice for diverse cultures.

  • Counselling Skills and the Therapeutic Relationship

    You’ll learn essential skills and practices of counselling such as how to approach a client with tact, key listening skills, verbal and non-verbal language, eye contact, body posture and establishing time boundaries. A practical module, you will observe and take part in reflective counselling sessions to give and receive feedback.  

  • Personal Development and Reflective Practice

    To help others develop, you must be able to develop personally. Identifying what you have already achieved and future goals, we work with you to create an effective Personal Development Plan. You’ll also establish progression routes to achieve your goals, which could include the use of complimentary training, additional qualifications or practical experience.

Thought about a different campus?

CU London, CU Coventry and CU Scarborough come together to form CU, part of the Coventry University Group. Students who study at CU will graduate with a degree awarded and accredited by Coventry University.

All CU students have the opportunity to move between each campus after completing an academic year. This means you can study in the vibrant city of Coventry, the UK’s capital, or on the stunning Yorkshire coast.

Overview

As the course progresses, students build on the knowledge gained in year one to cement a solid foundation of core principles. At this level, you’re working on more complex issues. Enhancing your fundamental understanding of counselling theory, you’ll put your knowledge into practice in a number of interactive modules. You will explore different modes of counselling, adaptive approaches and evaluate reasons for counselling, such as mental health problems. Students who complete year two are eligible for a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Counselling: Integrative Theory & Practice.

Modules

  • The Developing Self

    This is a continuation of the personal development and reflective practice studies in year one. You will understand how human being develops over their life span and identify stages of progression. There are both theoretical and practical assessments and you’ll use role plays to strategise approaches for numerous life stages in one room.

  • Counselling Integration

    You will have the opportunity to practice a range of intervention methods. You will be introduced to various forms and approaches of therapy, including cognitive therapy, the humanistic approach, the psychodynamic approach and the newest form-integrated therapy. This module prepares you to aptly deal with a variety of clients and tailor solutions accordingly.

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing

    An important and popular module, you will assess a variety of mental health conditions and appropriate approaches. You’ll look at illnesses such as anxiety and depression and more serious forms of psychosis, such as schizophrenia. You will develop awareness as a counsellor to identify illnesses and where it is appropriate to refer clients.

  • Research Methods for Counselling

    Learn how to correctly conduct effective research by using relevant methods. We cover a variety of ethical and research practices, such as how to do a systematic review, the difference between a primary and secondary data collection study, various qualitative and quantitative data sources and how research outcomes impact differently on subsequent treatments and referrals. 

Thought about a different campus?

CU London, CU Coventry and CU Scarborough come together to form CU, part of the Coventry University Group. Students who study at CU will graduate with a degree awarded and accredited by Coventry University.

All CU students have the opportunity to move between each campus after completing an academic year. This means you can study in the vibrant city of Coventry, the UK’s capital, or on the stunning Yorkshire coast.

Overview

Sandwich and placement years give you the opportunity to gain further insight into the industry or career you are seeking to follow. This enables you to contextualise the theoretical models and concepts discussed in the classroom in the work place. You can also choose to take an optional year abroad between the second and third year of study. If you decide to take advantage of a placement or sandwich year, this version of the degree will help to increase your employment prospects by acquiring skills and gaining an understanding of what employers expect of graduates.

Overview

In the exciting final year, students refine the art of independent working. You are now working at a professional level, with the ability to conduct and analyse how interventions are carried out at an advanced level. In addition to practical work hours, you clarify and refine your enhanced understanding of the counselling process by conducting secondary research, ready for application in industry. Students who complete the final year are awarded a BA (Hons) degree in Counselling: Integrative Theory & Practice.

Modules

  • Brief Therapy and Group Therapy

    In this module, you will learn the skills and professional behaviours necessary to practice as an autonomous integrative practitioner. You'll have the opportunity to further your reflexive capacity with respect to the development of clinical skills and learn various types of integration, such as pluralism and eclectic approaches.

  • Advanced Skills in Integrative Counselling and the Therapeutic Process

    In this module, you are building on the personal, analytical, emotive and professional skills taught in years one and two. You will establish and refine your own personal therapeutic style, critically evaluating the process of development. Assessments can take the form of written reports of mock counselling sessions where you practice the theories you have learned.

  • Working with Attachment, Loss and Bereavement

    Here you will learn the correct procedures and process to implement when dealing with attachment, loss and bereavement. A complex and common subject, it is imperative counsellors are equipped with the necessary tools to deal with sensitive subjects appropriately. During this module, you will learn and practice the best approaches to do so effectively.

  • Research Project

    This module is a culmination of the subjects taught throughout the programme. You get the chance to specialise in one or more subjects that captured your interest over the course of the programme and present a project on it.

Thought about a different campus?

CU London, CU Coventry and CU Scarborough come together to form CU, part of the Coventry University Group. Students who study at CU will graduate with a degree awarded and accredited by Coventry University.

All CU students have the opportunity to move between each campus after completing an academic year. This means you can study in the vibrant city of Coventry, the UK’s capital, or on the stunning Yorkshire coast.

15th

Coventry University is ranked 15th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2020. CU London is part of the Coventry University Group.

In more detail...

  • Upon completion of this course, you will receive a qualification awarded by Coventry University.
  • You will have the opportunity for multi-campus learning in London, Coventry and Scarborough.
  • In order to make higher education accessible to as many people as possible, we keep our tuition fees competitively priced.
  • Small tutorial group sessions ensure that you receive the mentoring help and support you need.
  • We deliver one module at a time during each block. This means you can dedicate your time to specialise in each subject without the distraction of numerous modules and multiple deadlines.
  • Hands-on experience of delivering counselling therapy, with mock sessions overseen by qualified professionals.
  • Upon graduation at HND or BA level, all students who have successfully passed and completed a minimum of 100 hours of appropriate work placements, can apply for full individual membership of the of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) after they have passed the Certificate of Proficiency.

Your main study themes are:

  • Research Methods: The ability to confidently use secondary research skills, by gathering, retrieving, reviewing and synthesising information appropriate to counselling and supervision.
  • Legal Protection: Research driven knowledge of the care and support of clients which reflects emerging themes, as well as relevant, current government policy and legislation.

On completion you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of the theoretical, analytical and practical aspects of therapy and processes to meet client interests.
  • Critically appraise theories related to the development of an international counselling strategy including the risk factors that need to be considered in the development of a successful strategy such as confidentiality, law, cultural and boundaries.
  • Develop appropriate research and analysis techniques, alongside the ability to undertake reliable market research activities.
  • Operate, lead and collaborate in a team to solve problems of a practical (experimental) nature and to provide appropriate solutions.
  • Apply appropriate presentation and evaluation tools to establish the significance of research data produced. 

On completion you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of the theoretical, analytical and practical aspects of therapy and processes to meet client interests.
  • Critically appraise theories related to the development of an international counselling strategy including the risk factors that need to be considered in the development of a successful strategy such as confidentiality, law, cultural and boundaries.
  • Develop appropriate research and analysis techniques, alongside the ability to undertake reliable market research activities.
  • Operate, lead and collaborate in a team to solve problems of a practical (experimental) nature and to provide appropriate solutions.
  • Apply appropriate presentation and evaluation tools to establish the significance of research data produced. 
Full-time students

Our courses run in six-week blocks and we offer up to six of these each calendar year. Normally you will study four blocks per year.
As a full-time student a standard learning block will include 21 hours each week, in the form of seminars and classes, practical work and tutorials.
Students will also be expected to spend time on independent and self-directed study in the form of further reading/research and assignments. All study is guided so you’ll have plenty of support.

Part-time students

Part-time students receive 8 hours of teaching each week, with classes split into two categories subject to numbers:
Saturday - 9am-6pm.
Tuesday and Thursday - 6pm-10pm.
Please note: part-time courses run subject to numbers.

A tutorial programme runs throughout the duration of the course, providing students with the opportunity to enhance academic, personal and professional development. Students will work with academic tutors to set targets and goals and reflect on their academic performance, while having the chance to gain new skills and knowledge to support their academic performance and personal development.

Class sizes are kept low. This way, students can take advantage of small numbers to increase contact time with lecturers.

What our students say

We receive a lot of individual attention from the lecturers. The smaller groups mean I get as much help and support I could ever need.

Aleksandra Foja - CU Student

Entry Requirements

Counselling: Integrative Theory & Practice Higher National Certificate (HNC)

64 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

Counselling: Integrative Theory & Practice Higher National Diploma (HND)

80 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

Counselling: Integrative Theory & Practice BA (Hons) Degree

104 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

All HNC/HND/Degree courses require at least two A2 level or a BTEC equivalent qualification.

Students will be subject to a telephone interview as part of their application and a DBS check before enrolment.

What if I don’t meet the entry requirements?

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this course, successful completion of the below programme guarantees you a place on a degree course with us, subject to meeting specified criteria.

Foundation Year

This degree programme has an integral stage 0 attached to it, so if you do not meet the entry requirements you may enter at the foundation level. Successful completion of a relevant Foundation Year will guarantee you progression onto this degree programme.

Counselling: Integrative Theory & Practice Higher National Certificate (HNC)

64 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

Counselling: Integrative Theory & Practice Higher National Diploma (HND)

80 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

Counselling: Integrative Theory & Practice BA (Hons) Degree

104 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

All HNC/HND/Degree courses require at least two A2 level or a BTEC equivalent qualification.

Students will be subject to a telephone interview as part of their application and a DBS check before enrolment.

What if I don’t meet the entry requirements?

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this course, successful completion of the below programme guarantees you a place on a degree course with us, subject to meeting specified criteria.

Foundation Year

This degree programme has an integral stage 0 attached to it, so if you do not meet the entry requirements you may enter at the foundation level. Successful completion of a relevant Foundation Year will guarantee you progression onto this degree programme.

IELTS

EU students will require training in English language proficiency level IELTS 6.0 (HNC - year 1/HND - year 2) or IELTS 6.5 (Degree/Top Up - year 3).

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to CU London. We assess an applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course, and we may feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer to CU London. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join CU London.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. Requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made CU London their firm choice.

CU London has assessed that you can achieve the required grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer if you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: The International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So, if you don’t meet your predictions then your place is still guaranteed. However, we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in the year for which they applied.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this course, we have a number of programmes which upon successful completion and meeting any additional entry criteria, qualifies you onto a place on this degree course, such as Foundation Years.

What our students say

We receive a lot of individual attention from the lecturers. The smaller groups mean I get as much help and support I could ever need.

Aleksandra Foja - CU Student

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

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Fees & Funding

We price our courses competitively in an attempt to make higher education accessible for a wide range of people. Your tuition fees will cover all of your classes, online tutorials, some of the learning materials and access to our Library & Learning Services. 

Each academic year we review our fee structure to ensure we're offering value for money to all our students. The 2020/21 fees are currently under review and will be available in autumn 2019. 

Funding

As a full-time or part-time student resident in the UK or EU, you can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees at CU London from Student Finance England.

What our students say

We receive a lot of individual attention from the lecturers. The smaller groups mean I get as much help and support I could ever need.

Aleksandra Foja - CU Student

Career prospects

Due to changes in government and culture, more employers in the public, private and voluntary sectors seek trained professionals to meet demands in a variety of organisations.

The programme is tailored to prepare you for the job market by giving you the skills and knowledge to find successful employment in either counselling or job roles that request candidates with a counselling background.

The course will teach you how to set up in private practice and how to find employment in different industries. Career opportunities include, working with the NHS through community health care trusts, such as time limited therapy and educational institutions.

Opportunities also include community based charities and employment through the voluntary and the welfare sector. Due to a recent change, the Work and Health Programme which embeds support work has created lots of careers in the industry for counsellors offering both one to one and group therapy.

What our students say

We receive a lot of individual attention from the lecturers. The smaller groups mean I get as much help and support I could ever need.

Aleksandra Foja - CU Student
Disclaimer

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation.

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