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Integrative Counselling FdA

Key features of this course:

  • This advanced, two year, professional degree programme is delivered at Iron Mill College, in Exeter.
  • Focuses attention on the importance, quality and depth of relationship as the central component of therapeutic work. 

The 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 exiting, 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, and resources those who are aiming for future personal accreditation with the BACP. Graduates will also be eligible for direct progression onto the BA (Hons) Integrative Counselling, to top up to a full honours degree in just one year of study.

The BA (Hons) in Integrative Counselling is open to FdA graduates, and also open to experienced applicants who may have qualified as a counsellor many years ago, and who wish to refresh and update their professional skills and gain an advanced university validated qualification in one year (see entry criteria).

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Entry requirements

To be eligible for this course you must:

  • Have completed at least 30 hours of preliminary counselling training. Applicants not meeting this requirement will be recommended to take the Iron Mill Certificate in Counselling course or as an entry requirement or alternatively, if you can also demonstrate suitable further experience and skills, the Iron Mill Blended Learning Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy course. 
  • Possess 4 GCSEs (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 these requirements will be individually assessed for other appropriate qualifications and / or experience, and will be required to demonstrate their ability to study at this level.
  • Be willing to undertake a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check, plus an occupational health check, during the application process.

If you are interested in this course, you may wish to first book onto one of Iron Mill College’s Open Days or Open Evenings to find out more. If you are new to Iron Mill College, you might also find the Taster Days a useful way to experience what it's like to study at Iron Mill College, before applying.

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 on the University of Worcester's applications web page.

Details of how to apply for RPL, and the relevant forms, can be found on the University of Worcester's applications web page.

Course fees

The standard annual foundation degree fee for full-time UK/EU students enrolling in 2017 is £6,890 per year.       

For more details, please visit our course fees page:




Study options


Foundation Degree (FdA) in Integrative Counselling (Levels 4 and 5) with 240 credits (for successful completion of both Years 1 and 2). This award qualifies you to practice as a professional counsellor, and meets the application requirements for full membership of the BACP (MBACP status).

HE Certificate in Integrative Counselling (Level 4) with 120 credits (for successful completion of Year 1 only). This award does not qualify you to practice as a counsellor, but will help enhance skills of those in a helping profession.

Venue: Iron Mill College, Exeter


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

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Course content


We offer a full range of exiting and up-to-date modules, each with a clear focus on the humanistic and relational aspects of counselling practice:

Within each module you will learn about well established counselling theory and practice skills, with a clear emphasis on their recent developments so your training is always completely up-to-date and professionally relevent.

Year 1

Core modules:

  • IMIC1001: The art of relationship (15 credits)
  • IMIC1002: Professional competence (30 credits)
  • IMIC1003: The neuroscience of relationship (15 credits)
  • IMIC1004: A sense of self (30 credits)
  • IMIC1005: Professional development 1 (30 credits)

Year 2

Core modules:

  • IMIC2001: The ‘here and now’ encounter (30 credits)
  • IMIC2002: Creative arts therapies (15 credits) 
  • IMIC2003: Counselling in context (30 credits)
  • IMIC2004: The process of change (15 credits)
  • IMIC2005: Professional development 2 (30 credits)
  • IMIC2006: Professional practice (0 credits)

You will learn how to

The programme is delivered via lectures, debates, presentations, audio-visual materials, group exercises, skills practices, process groups, reflective practice, case presentation, and project work. In addition, your supervised placement practice will allow you to apply your learning and gain valuable experience and confidence.

As well as attending timetabled teaching days at the college (1 day per week), students will spend time attending placement, supervision and work based learning (typically around 1 day per week in total), undertaking personal therapy (approximately 1 hour per week) as well as independent guided study and preparation for assessment (approximately 2-3 days per week).      



Assessment is based on:

  • A group exhibition with individual areas.
  • Observed and recorded skills work with peers.
  • Presentations.
  • A client case study.
  • Your professional portfolio.
  • Written assignment using selections from your journal.
  • A work based project of your choice.
  • A piece of recorded client work discussed with your examiner.
  • Essays.

Attendance requirements:

The expectation is that students will attend 100% of each module. Students whose attendance falls below 90% of the scheduled module hours must contact the Module Leader to discuss the action necessary to meet the award requirements. Some parts of the programme relating to assessment have a mandatory attendance requirement, and where this applies it will be stated clearly in the relevant Module Specification.

Further study with Iron Mill College:

Graduates of the Foundation Degree (FdA) in Integrative Counselling will be eligible to apply for the following courses at Iron Mill College:

  • BA (Hons) Degree in Integrative Counselling (validated by University of Worcester) ('top up' to a full honours degree in just one further year of study).
  • Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents.

In addition, Iron Mill’s range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Workshops may also be useful to graduates of this course.

With appropriate levels of further, relevant experience, Foundation Degree (FdA) in Integrative Counselling graduates may also later be eligible to apply for our Diploma in Supervision, or the Postgraduate Certificate in Supervision (validated by University of Worcester).        



The Foundation Degree (FdA) in Integrative Counselling programme provides the opportunity for advancement in a variety of counselling-related careers, and for counselling practitioners to advance beyond their current role. Possible career opportunities include:

  • NHS initiatives e.g. Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT).
  • Educational institutions: schools, colleges and universities.
  • Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPS).
  • Local Authority employee services programmes.
  • Charitable agencies.
  • Private practice. 

The programme provides valuable links with employers through both the placement and work based learning components, as well as networking opportunities within the community.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS

Integrative Counselling FdA: B9K0 FdA/IC

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

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