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FdA in Integrative

This advanced professional degree programme has a relational ethos, based upon contemporary integrative practice, and is taught at the Iron Mill College and validated by the University of Worcester. 

Change Someone’s Life…do a Degree in Counselling

With the FdA you can:

  • Make a difference – the FdA enables you to do something that really matters; you can make a real difference to individual people’s lives and the world we live in
  • Live, learn, love, laugh - enjoy being part of a creative, developing, supportive group, and make lifelong friendships

  • Transform your own life – the FdA gives you the space to gain new understanding, deeper self-awareness, greater confidence, and feel well resourced personally and professionally

  • Invest in your future - this programme excels in its ability to prepare you for successful employment and self-employment, meeting all requirements for full MBACP status on completion, and many opportunities to progress further

  • Be the best – with an advanced contemporary programme that directly addresses the highest professional standards and national benchmark statements, you can stand out from the crowd and be confident that you are working ethically and effectively to the highest standards

  • Belong - be part of the Iron Mill learning community – a beautiful, relaxing, welcoming house and enthusiastic, energetic and experienced teaching staff who get to know you individually and support you very well indeed 

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 4th May 2016         6-7pm

Wenesday 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:
Lucia Capaldi is the Course Leader:
01392 219200
Amanda Murrell is the University Programmes Administrator:
01392 219200

Course Details

“I am very happy with the teaching and support offered at the Iron Mill. The syllabus is relevant to my personal and professional development. It has been taught in a way that is engaging and enjoyable. I have found all of the staff at the Iron Mill to be lovely to work with, and have found the teaching team to be particularly inspiring on a professional and personal level.”

FdA student, 2014


“It has been a very good first year with excellent tutors who have been very supportive and given good feedback. It has been a really wonderful course and I have felt really supported – it has been brilliant.”

FdA student, 2014

“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 FdA in Integrative Counselling focuses attention on the importance, quality and depth of relationship as the central component of therapeutic work.

This programme is designed to qualify competent, confident and creative counsellors, who stand out from the crowd as highly professional graduates, well resourced for entering the workplace. The programmes are exciting, vocationally relevant and with a clear focus on up-to-date counselling theory and practice.

The FdA in Integrative Counselling prepares graduates to practice as professional counsellors, meeting the application requirements for full membership of the BACP (MBACP status) and resources those who are aiming for future personal accreditation with the BACP.
FdA graduates will be eligible to apply for progression onto the BA (Hons) Integrative Counselling, to ‘top up’ their award to a full honours degree in just one year of study.
Foundation Degree (FdA) in Integrative Counselling (levels 4 and 5) - Successful completion of Years One and Two will lead to the award of Foundation Degree (FdA) in Integrative Counselling (levels 4 and 5) with 240 credits. This award qualifies you to practice as a professional counsellor, and meets the application requirements for full membership of the BACP (MBACP).

Venue: Exeter

Next Start Date:
September 2016 

FdA 2016 – 18 Group: All attended days are 9.45 am - 5.30 pm on Tuesdays, unless otherwise stated.

Welcome days: Tuesday 6 September and Wednesday 7 September 2016: 

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

September 2016:
13, 20, 27

October 2016:
11, 18

Friday 21 October 2016: Assessment Day IMIC1001

November 2016:
1 ,8,15, 22, 29

December 2016:
6, 13

January 2017:
3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Friday 13 January 2016:  Assessment Day IMIC1002

February 2017:
7, 21 (Assessment Day IMIC 1003) 28

March 2017: 7, 14, 21, 28

April 2017:
18, 24

May 2017:
2, 9, 16

June 2017:

Foundation Degree (FdA) in Integrative Counselling – 2 year programme
BA (Hons) in Integrative Counselling – 1 year ‘top-up’ programme

Foundation Degree (FdA) in Integrative Counselling, validated by the University of Worcester.

Entry requirements

  • preliminary counselling training of 30 hours minimum, or equivalent.  Applicants not meeting the preliminary counselling training requirements will be recommended to take the IMC Certificate in Counselling as an entry requirement.
  • 4 GCSE’s (Grade C or above) including English, and qualifications to the value of 80 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of 1 A Level (or equivalent level 3 qualification) and a maximum of 3.5 A levels. Applicants not meeting the academic entry requirements will be individually assessed for other appropriate qualifications and/or experience, and will be required to demonstrate the ability to study at this level.

Additionally, at interview applicants will need to show the confidence and persistence required to actively seek and obtain a placement, as well as having relevent professional experience which will assist with the gaining of a placement; they will need enthusiasm and the ability to be flexible with travel and time.

Please contact the Programme Leader with enquiries about your eligibility to apply.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

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 qualification 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 a 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.

Further Progression: BA (Hons)

Students successfully completing the FdA will be eligible to apply for entry to the one-year BA (Hons) ‘top-up’ in Integrative Counselling.

Validated by:

This programme is validated by the University of Worcester.

Apply for this course via UCAS:

Please follow this link:
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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 B9K0
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.

Please note that the 2 year FdA, and 1 year BA (Hons) ' top up' are two separate programmes.  Applicants wishing to study for the FdA and then the BA (Hons) year should initially apply for the FdA course using the above code.

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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