This Counselling and Therapeutic Practice degree will train you to become a qualified integrative counsellor, using a range of mainstream therapies across all ages including counselling adults, children, young people and older adults. As well as traditional ‘talking therapies’ you will learn how to use creative approaches in counselling. The inclusion of an introduction to on-line counselling makes this an exceptional training, preparing you for the current counselling environment.
There is a key focus on employability with a requirement for 150 supervised counselling hours with clients in a placement setting. This meets placement criteria for individual accreditation with the BACP. The University of South Wales has strong links with a wide range of local counselling agencies, employers and counselling services such as South Wales Counselling and Psychotherapy to provide you with the supervised practice hours required.
This course is subject to validation.
Year 1 Modules*
Year 2 Modules*
Year 3 Modules*
*This course is subject to validation. The course will be submitted for accreditation by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) once it has completed one cycle of delivery. The University has three Counselling and Psychotherapy courses accredited by the BACP. See further details of all Counselling and Psychotherapy courses available at USW.
This course will be delivered via a blend of skills practice: direct teaching (lectures, seminars and workshops); personal development activity, practice placements and directed study. As this is professional training, you are required to attend all timetabled classes and other elements of the course.
Training as a counsellor involves taking part in varied activities to help your learning about yourself as a person, as well as learning practical skills and theory. Personal development takes place in all parts of the course, including personal development group work and reflective activity. You will also take part in regular small group skills practice where you take it in turns to be ‘client’, counsellor or observer. You will need to read widely, to do guided literature research and give informal reviews to your tutors and peers. There are practice placements in all three years of the course.
Students will typically have 12 contact hours across four days per week in term time. When a residential or special event is taking place, this may vary. In addition to the contact hours, you will complete independent study and placement hours. Placement based work generally equates to at least half a day a week over the academic year.
Assessment methods are varied in format and will include written assessments; presentations; case studies; skills assessments; examinations and work placement and portfolio assessments.
You will undertake placements in every year of the course including 150 hours of supervised professional practice, which will fully prepare you for your counselling career.
USW has long-standing partnerships with public, private and voluntary sector organisations and you will have the opportunity to apply to any of these organisations as part of your placement experience. In addition, South Wales Counselling and Psychotherapy, is a service run by USW for people in the local area, which provides an excellent opportunity for placement experience on-campus. You may also be able to apply for a placement in the USW school-based counselling service NISBCS.
You will need to organise your own placements as part of your professional development. The Therapeutic Studies teaching and placement staff will help identify and check possible placement providers and will support you throughout your placement.
Newport City Campus has an excellent suite of eight small rooms for one to one skills practice. These are used jointly by the counselling and psychotherapy courses and by SWCAP, our in-house counselling service which offers student placements. In addition, USW has invested in specialist resources for learning and practicing on-line counselling skills. Dedicated video recording facilities for skills work will be available for use in class, in private study time and for assessments. Students also have full access to library resources across all USW campuses.
Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.
An enhanced DBS check is also requried for this course – details will be sent to applicants at the appropriate time.
An interview is required for this course. Those applying will be provided with further details if successful at the initial selection stage.
BCC - CDD to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)
Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes (106 UCAS Tariff Points)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes (80 UCAS Tariff Points)
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances
Relevant Work Experience
In addition to the formal qualifications, work experience with children or with adults with physical, psychological, social or emotional needs is normally required. This can be, for example, full or part-time paid work in a care setting, or volunteering that involves face-to face support for children or adults. This work experience should be equivalent to about 150 hours and must normally be completed before you submit your application. If you are able, you must clearly explain how you meet this requirement in your personal statement. You may be asked to submit an additional reference relating to the work experience confirming you have completed the required hours.
This will usually include the following:
• Direct experience of working with young people, or with adults with social, psychological or emotional difficulties
• Level 2 or 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.
However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.
All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
This course provides graduates with a broad range of employment pathways. Access to counselling services continues to expand across state, private and third (voluntary) sectors. In addition, the knowledge and skills gained can be used to enhance existing professional roles in other disciplines, e.g. health and social care; human resources.
Students graduating with counselling qualifications have found jobs as counsellors in the NHS, school- based counselling services, colleges and Universities, employee counselling services and voluntary bodies. Some counselling graduates work in other types of people-focused services particularly in the voluntary sector.
Progression opportunities at the University of South Wales include PG Diploma in Systemic Practice in Psychotherapy, PG Diploma Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy.
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.