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BA (Hons) in Integrative Counselling

This professional qualification in Integrative Counselling, focussing on relational depth and contemporary practice, is validated by the University of Worcester.

This qualification allows you to develop a specialism of your choice, to enhance your chosen pathway.

  • outstanding individual support; unique classroom setting (experiential and theoretical)
  • ‘top up’ with a BA (Hons) in Relational Integrative Counselling in just one year  (level 6, 120 credits)
  • Validated by University of Worcester

Come and find out more! Our open evenings are small and friendly, and you are made very welcome. Call and register your attendance today.

Open Evenings 2015-16:

Wednesday 29th June 2016      6-7pm

Open Day:

Saturday 11th June 2016           11am - 3pm


We welcome your contact, for informal enquiries or to arrange a visit:
Jane Whitehead is the Course Leader:
01392 219200
Amanda Murrell is the University Programmes Administrator:
01392 219200

Course Details

“As those entering the counselling and/or psychotherapy fields require understanding of a complex body of knowledge, clinical skills, self-awareness, analytical techniques and problem-solving skills, and the ability to evaluate evidence, arguments and assumptions to reach sound independent judgements, it is likely that they will need to be qualified to at least the level of a bachelor's degree with honours.” (Section 1.4).

(Source:  QAA Subject Benchmark Statement for Counselling and Psychotherapy (2013), the national educational benchmark policy, welcomed and supported by the BACP.)

The BA (Hons) in Integrative Counselling is a one-year programme for qualified counsellors who wish to obtain a University Honours Degree.

The BA is a one year programme which encourages individual choice in study, and a vocationally relevant and up-to-date focus. It provides opportunities for you to develop a specialism, to conduct a literature review on a chosen area, and a negotiated work based learning project of your choice. It also encourages a wider view of counselling in the 21st century, with the exiting developments in the present and future of our profession. This programme is innovative, exciting and up-to-date, and  allows you to develop an impressive Professional Portfolio of skills to take with you into employment and enhance your career.

The BA (Hons) in Integrative Counselling welcomes applications from qualified practitioners, such as FdA in Integrative Counselling graduates, and experienced counsellors who wish to refresh and update their professional skills and gain an advanced university validated qualification in one year (see entry criteria for details).


BA (Hons) in Integrative Counselling (level 6)


Next Start Date: September 2016

1 year

Dates 2016 - 17

All attended days are 9.45am - 5.30pm on Mondays, unless otherwise stated.

Coach trip to the University of Worcester:  Friday 9th September 2016

September 2016
5 12 19 26

October 2016
3 10 17

November 2016
7 14 21 28

December 2016
5 12

January 2017
9 16 23 30

February 2017
6 29 27

March 2017
6 13 20 27


May 2017
8 15 22

June 2017
5 12 19 26

July 2017

Admissions Policy


The BA (Hons) in Integrative Counselling course aims to attract interest from applicants who are already qualified as a counsellor. This will include those who are experienced in the counselling and psychotherapy profession who wish to gain a professional degree and/or establish a specialist area of expertise; those who have recently qualified who wish to enhance their employability and increase their learning to a more advanced level; and people who wish to engage further with the future of the counselling profession through research and wider understanding of the issues involved.


Entry requirements to the BA (Hons) Top-Up Programme


Academic requirements:

  • an FdA Counselling award at Levels 4 and 5, meeting BACP supervised practice requirements of 100 hours minimum, or equivalent

  • Applicants not meeting this requirement will be individually assessed by the Programme Leader, and must provide further evidence of qualifications at Level 5 or higher, in addition to the professional requirements listed below.


Professional requirements:

  • All applicants must have achieved MBACP status (qualified counsellor and member of the BACP) at the point of application.

  • all applicants must be in practice as a counsellor: it is expected that as qualified counsellors, students will enter the programme with counselling practice arranged in advance.


Additionally, all applicants must provide:

: an offer of a place is dependent upon the receipt of two supportive references

  • enhanced DBS Certificate. The DBS was established under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 and merges the functions previously carried out by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). We require students who do not hold a current certificate to apply for one as soon as a place on the course has been accepted.


Entry to the programme via RPL/RPEL (Recognition of Prior Learning/Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning)

We recognise that many counsellors trained on programmes that were not validated at Level 5, and therefore are not able to meet the entry criteria for the BA (Hons) programme.  This RPEL assessment process is intended to provide an opportunity for qualified and experienced counsellors, who wish to apply for a place on the BA (Hons) Top-up programme, when the standard Level 5 entry requirement cannot be met.

If this situation applies to you, please find full information here.

Further RPL Information
Applicants can claim academic credit for relevant previous study or learning experiences ("prior learning").  If you can demonstrate that you have already achieved learning which is equivalent to one or more modules, or to a whole year or level of study, relating to the course you wish to apply for at the University of Worcester, then you may make a claim for recognition of that prior learning.  This applies to both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Claims are not automatic; they have to be assessed by the University.  Claims should be agreed at the point of entry to a programme, and are normally discussed and assessed alongside the application process.  If your claim is successful it means that you do not have to take the modules for which credit has been awarded, or you may be able to enter directly to a higher level of study or into the second or third year of a course.

There are three forms of recognition of prior learning:

a. Credit transfer - recognition of credit or qualifications at HE level (4 or above) awarded by a UK higher education degree-awarding body in accordance with the relevant higher education qualifications framework;

b. Recognition of prior certificated learning - (such as professional development awards or employment-based awards) which is at higher education level but which has not led to the award of credits or qualifications positioned on the relevant higher education qualifications framework;

c. Recognition of prior experiential or informal learning.

Details of how to apply for RPL, and the relevant forms, can be found here.

Validated by:

This programme is validated by the University of Worcester.

Apply for this course via UCAS:

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Applications for September 2016:

If you are applying after 30th June you still need to apply via UCAS, but you will use the Clearing process.  In Clearing you need to complete the application as normal, including your personal statement, but you cannot add course choices.  When you submit your application to UCAS you will receive a welcome email to access the Track service where you will find your Clearing Number.  Contact Iron Mill College and give us your Clearing Number.  We will then access your application on the UCAS website.  Please note that all your paperwork will need to be in place before we can process your application.

Applications for September 2017:

The Course Code is: 52B8
The Campus Code is: A

It would be helpful if you could email Iron Mill College at amanda.murrell@ironmill.co.uk to confirm that you have submitted an application via UCAS.

Apply for Student Finance for this course here:

Campus Code: Q (for applications for Student Finance England)

Please note -
there are two different Campus Codes, one for Student Finance England and one for UCAS


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