Postgraduate Diploma Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy

This two-year counseling and psychotherapy course, accredited by the British Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy (BACP), emphasizes the integration of theory, research, practice, and a commitment to self-awareness to help you develop into a qualified counselor, creative and ethically sound. The program 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 placements.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Integrated Counseling and Psychotherapy is designed to serve as a professional qualification for students seeking a career as a qualified counselor / psychotherapist working in the statutory and voluntary sectors, in business or private practice.

The Counseling and Psychotherapy course facilitates students to develop a critical understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of integrated counseling practice, with a view to developing their own coherent, ethical and effective approach to counseling practice, which can be adapted for use in a wide range of locations for short and long term work. When completed, you will be ready to work as a trained integrative therapist.

The taught core integrated model is based on the relational pluralistic approach, which consists of three main components: the Contemporary Relational Psychodynamic Approach, Humanistic-Existentialist and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.

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

Year One

Integrated Counseling Theory and Practice: Introduces the core model of the course (Relational and Pluralistic) and provides theory and foundation skills in humanistic / existential counseling practice - 20 credits.

Applied Integrated Counseling Theory and Practice: Introduces the theory and foundational skills of psychodynamic counseling and relational psychosynthesis. Students begin to learn to integrate methods in applied practice with client issues - 20 credits

Personal and Professional Development: This module runs throughout the year and places emphasis on personal and professional development, group work and skills practice within a sound ethical framework - 20 credits

Year Two

Advanced Integrated Theory and Skills Practice: Introduces the theory and basic skills of Cognitive Behavior Therapy and third wave approaches, such as mindfulness and ACT. The module also provides an overview of mental health and how the theories taught on the course can be integrated and applied to practice - 20 credits.

Advanced Applied Practice: The emphasis of this module is on integration and applied practice: showing students how the taught core integrative model can be used to work ethically with the range of client issues typically found in professional counseling practice. There is also a focus on developing a research skill by completing a small-scale research project - 20 credits

Advanced Personal Development and Counseling Practice: This module runs throughout the year and places emphasis on personal development group work and skills practice within a sound ethical framework.

On successful completion of the two year Diploma phase, you can choose whether to proceed to the final research year and Master's thesis. See our MA Integrated Counseling and Psychotherapy for more information.


Classes include interactive theoretical lectures, experiential workshops, personal development groups, role play, skills groups, digital recording of skills sessions for assessment and presentations.

In addition, you will need to be in a location seeing 'real' clients throughout the course and you will need to have completed at least 100 hours of counseling practice by the end of the two years. There is a BACP requirement that you should have fortnightly supervision for your counseling practice and a minimum of 1.5 hours supervision a month.

We expect students to attend all teaching sessions, and there is a minimum requirement of 80% for successful completion of the course.


A range of assessment is used in the Postgraduate Diploma phase of this course to test your knowledge, skills, self-awareness and practice ability.

Year One: Two essays, Two skills assessments, a portfolio of professional practice, and a personal development review.

Year Two: Essay, skills assessment, research portfolio, live client audio case study, group project and professional practice portfolio, personal development review and supervisor report.


Placements may be available (by application / interview) in the in-house counseling service CSP for the local community operating from the University's counseling clinic facilities.


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

Personal Therapy

Students on the Postgraduate Diploma in Integrated Counseling and Psychotherapy receive therapy to help with their personal and professional development as a counselor; you will need to arrange and pay for this yourself. It is a requirement of the course that students receive at least 10 hours of personal therapy for each of the two academic years.


We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Integrative Counselling Skills or equivalent
  • An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check on the Adult Workforce and Adult Barring Lists and subscription to the DBS Update Service. (Overseas equivalent required for non-uk applicants)
  • Two references uploaded with your application (one from your previous/current Counselling tutor)*
  • A degree or a qualification at Level 6 or above
  • 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. You will need to organise the placement for yourself but our placement team are available for advice and support.

* The references must be on letter headed paper or the referee can send them direct from a professional/work email address to [email protected]


Interview Dates for 2022:

An interview is required for this counselling course. The interview process involves a brief demonstration of your counselling skills in role play format, 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.


29th June

20th July

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 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Part-time UK:  £1030 per 20 credits

August 2023 - July 2024 Fees

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS * £55.42
This fee includes £40 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS Updating Service * £13
Subscription required for each year of the course for a yearly fee of £13. Please note the service has to be joined within 30 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
Other: Personal Therapy £25 - £55
10 hours therapy per academic year. Cost is per session.
Other: Personal Supervision £30 - £65
Some agencies require you to pay for the 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.
Professional body student fees *
Cost varies depending on the organisation

Having successfully completed the formal training hours and assignments, for both year 1 and 2 you will be ready to look for work in the field of mental health care and psychotherapy with CBP as your specialist core approach as an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, whilst completing your 3rd Year.

The profile of CBP in the UK has grown significantly over the last 15 years and is widely used across mental health services.

CBP has the strongest evidence base of all the psychotherapeutic approaches and in the current guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

It is the treatment of choice for many mental health conditions and is the main treatment approach within Mental Health services across the UK.

Former students from the course have found positions in many settings within the NHS, Private Health Care Organisations, and in the voluntary sector.

Although building the hours to achieve BACP personal accreditation will require more practice experience, upon successful completion of formal training hours and assignments, graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma of Integrated Counseling and Psychotherapy will be ready to seek employment in counseling and psychotherapy.
Alumni of the course have improved their career profile in their current employment or found new jobs in the voluntary sector, in health settings, in Higher or Further Education, in Employment Support Programs (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 specialist training to work with children and young people, or to apply for a research PhD.