Postgraduate Diploma Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy

This two-year counselling and psychotherapy course, accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), emphasises the integration of theory, research, practice, and a commitment to self-awareness to help you develop into a competent, creative and ethically-sound counsellor. The programme has a long tradition of preparing students to be versatile and adaptable in their therapeutic practice to meet the individual needs of different client groups and work settings.

The Postgraduate Diploma Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy has been designed to serve as a professional qualification for students seeking a career as a qualified counsellor/psychotherapist working in the statutory and voluntary sectors, in business or private practice. The course facilitates students in developing a critical understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of integrative counselling practice, with a view to them developing their own coherent, ethical and effective approach to counselling practice, which can be adapted for use in a wide range of settings for short and long term work. On completion, you will be ready to work as a trained Integrative therapist.

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 2 Years September Newport City C
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 2 Years September Newport City C

The core integrative model taught is based on the relational approach comprising of three main elements: the Contemporary Relational Psychodynamic Approach, a Humanisitic-Existential approach and third wave elements of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy within a post modern/social constructionist overarching framework.

Year One

  • Integrative Counselling Skills and Practice: Introduces the core model of the course and provides foundation theory and skills in humanistic/existential and relational psychodynamic counselling practice - 20 credits
  • Applied Integrative Practice: Introduces the foundations theory and skills of Cognitive Behavioural counselling and Mindfulness. Students learn to integrate these approaches in applied practice with client issues - 20 credits
  • Personal Development and Counselling Practice: This module runs throughout the year and places emphasis on personal development group work and skills practice within a sound ethical framework - 20 credits

Year Two

  • Advanced Integrative Theory and Skills Practice: This module aims to further develop students understanding of core integrative theory taught in the course and how theoretical ideas can be applied to practice. Advanced research practices are introduced with a view to students being able to use research to inform their practice - 20 credits
  • Advanced Applied Practice: The emphasis of this module is on applied practice: showing students how the core integrative model taught can be used to work ethically with the range of client issues typically found in professional counselling practice. Research development is consolidated through students conducting a small-scale piece of research - 20 credits
  • Advanced Personal Development and Counselling Practice: This module runs throughout the year and places emphasis on personal development group work and skills practice within a sound ethical framework - 20 credits

After successful completion of the Diploma stage, which is two years, you can choose whether to proceed to the final Masters research and dissertation year. See our MA Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy for more information.


Classes include interactive theoretical lectures, experiential workshops, personal development groups, role plays, skills groups, digital recording of skills sessions for assessment and presentations. In addition, you will need to be in placement seeing ‘real’ clients for the duration of the course and will have to have completed a minimum of 100 hours counselling practice by the end of the two years. There is a BACP requirement that you should have fortnightly supervision for your counselling practice and a minimum of 1.5 hours supervision per month.

The PG Diploma is taught over 30 days each academic year. For the 2018/19 academic year, the main teaching day will be on a Wednesday, with one Thursday which is a joint teaching day with the second year students.

In addition, students will be required to attend a weekend workshop each academic year (in Year One, this is residential) and two-day summer workshop at the end of June. We expect that students attend all teaching sessions, and there is a minimum requirement of 80% attendance in order to complete the course successfully.



A range of assessments are used at the PG Diploma stage of this course to test your knowledge, skills, self awareness and practice ability.

Year One: Two essays, Two skills assessments, practice portfolio, research presentation, personal development review and a supervisor’s report

Year Two: A skills assessment, a case study with client audio, an in-class research project and a research portfolio, a personal development review and a supervisor’s report.


Placements may be available (by application/interview) in SWCAP, the USW counselling service for the local community which operates from the University counselling clinic facilities.


We offer a suite of light and airy teaching rooms used by the counselling / psychotherapy courses, video recording facilities and use of a suite of specialist counselling practice rooms.

Personal Therapy

Students on the Postgraduate Diploma Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy have therapy to help with their personal and professional development as a counsellor; you will need to arrange and pay for this yourself. A course requirement is that students have a minimum of 10 hours personal therapy for each of the two academic years.


Dr Shelley Gait, course leader

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills (integrative pathway) or equivalent (minimum of Level 4 training and approximately 150 hours to include counselling skills, integrative counselling
  • Enhanced DBS check
  • Two references uploaded with your application (one from your previous/current Counselling tutor)
  • A degree or a qualification at Level 6 or above
  • A confirmed suitable placement for counselling practice. Please note that this is essential and you will be asked to provide details of your placement at the start of the course. The criteria for a suitable placement will be discussed at interview and we will provide you with information about organisations who regularly accept integrative counselling students on placement, however you will need to organise the placement for yourself.

An interview is required for this counselling course. The interview process involves a brief demonstration of your counselling skills in role play format, two group exercises, a brief one-to-one interview and a short written submission. This will include the time for you to ask questions and to find out in detail how the programme runs. Applicants are asked to allow half a day for this process. If you are selected to attend an interview we will contact you by e-mail to make a booking. We strongly advise that you book yourself onto the earliest interview date to avoid disappointment as the numbers are limited for each date and are filled on a first come first served basis.

Interview Dates for 2019:

  • June 12th 2019
  • June 13th 2019
  • July 10th 2019
  • July 11th 2019
  • August 14th 2019
  • August 15th 2019

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

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.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £20 - £50
Encrypted USB stick for video recording
DBS * £57.2
This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS Updating Service £13
Whilst optional it is strongly recommended that you sign up for this service especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to pursue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note the service has to be joined within 19 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
Other: Personal Therapy £25 - £45
10 hours therapy per academic year. Cost is per session.
Other: Personal Supervision £30 - £45
Some agencies require to pay for supervision required in Year 1 & 2. Cost is per session.
Other: Professional Indemnity Insurance £75 - £150
Cost varies depending on individual circumstances. Each year if not already covered.
Other: Residential Weekend £150 - £200
In Year 1 Approx. Costs
BACP Membership * £80

Apply directly to the University for this course.

Admissions statement 

While more practice experience will be required to build the hours to achieve personal BACP accreditation, having successfully completed the formal training hours and assignments, graduates of the PG Diploma Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy will be ready to look for work in the field of counselling and psychotherapy.

Former students from the course have enhanced their career profile within their current employment or found new positions in the voluntary sector, in health settings, in Higher or Further Education, in Employment Assistance Programmes (EAPs), in business and in private practice. The course has a good record of graduates developing portfolio careers, using their adaptable approach to work in a variety of settings. It is also possible to undertake further specialised training in order to work with children and young people, or to apply for a research PhD.

Our Careers and Employability Service

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.