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 Counselling and Psychotherapy 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.

2021/22 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

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 pluralistic approach, comprising of three main elements: the Contemporary Relational Psychodynamic Approach, a Humanistic-Existential approach and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy.

Year One

  • Integrative Counselling Theory and Practice: Introduces the core model of the course (Relational and Pluralistic) and provides foundation theory and skills in humanistic/existential counselling practice - 20 credits

  • Applied Integrative Counselling Theory and Practice: Introduces foundation theory and skills of relational psychodynamic and psychosynthesis counselling. Students begin to learn to integrate approaches 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 Integrative Theory and Skills Practice: Introduces foundation theory and skills of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and third wave approaches, such as mindfulness and ACT. The module also offers 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 core integrative model taught can be used to work ethically with the range of client issues typically found in professional counselling practice. There is also a focus on developing research skill through the completion of a small-scale research project - 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.

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.

Teaching is one day a week, currently on Thursday for year 1 students.

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.


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, a professional practice portfolio, and a personal development review.

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


Placements may be available (by application/interview) in the USW in-house 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.


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Integrative Counselling Skills or equivalent (minimum of Level 4 training and approximately 150 hours to include counselling skills, integrative counselling
  • 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
  • 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.

* 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 2021:

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.

26th May

9th June

23rd June

7th July

21st 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 2021 - July 2022 Fees

  • Part-time UK:  £1000 per 20 credits

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Part-time UK: 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) £25 - £50
Encrypted USB stick for video recording
DBS * £53.20
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 - £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 * £200 - £250
In Year 1 Approx. Costs
Professional body student fees *
Cost varies depending on the organisation

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.