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Two women talkingFoundation Degree (FdA) in Integrative Counselling (Validated by University of Worcester)


This advanced, 2 year, professional degree programme is available to study at Iron Mill College in Exeter and validated by the University of Worcester.

  • With a relational ethos, based upon contemporary integrative practice, this programme is exciting, vocationally relevant and has a clear focus on up-to-date counselling theory and practice.
  • Prepares graduates to practice as professional counsellors, meeting the application requirements for full membership of the BACP (MBACP status) and resources those who are aiming for future personal accreditation with the BACP.
  • FdA graduates will be eligible to apply for progression onto our BA (Hons) Degree in Integrative Counselling (Validated by University of Worcester), to ‘top up’ their award to a full honours degree in just one further year of study.

Course Details

Key features:

  • Designed to qualify competent, confident and creative counsellors, who stand out from the crowd as highly professional graduates, well-equipped for entering the workplace.
  • Gives participants the space to gain new understanding, deeper self-awareness, greater confidence, and feel well-resourced personally and professionally.
  • Focuses attention on the importance, quality and depth of relationship as the central component of therapeutic work.
  • An opportunity to be part of a creative, developing, supportive group, and make lifelong friendships. Iron Mill College offers access to a unique learning community in a beautiful, relaxing, welcoming environment, with enthusiastic, energetic and experienced teaching staff who get to know and support you individually. 
  • Recognised as a full-time programme and eligible for Student Finance applications, teaching takes place one day per week at Iron Mill College in Exeter. During the 2 years of the course, participants are also required to undertake approximately 60-100 hours of work based learning, at least 40 hours of personal therapy and, after 6 months and having passed a 'competence to practice' assessment, 100 hours of placement (one-to-one client counselling work) with appropriate levels of supervision. Students will also need to allow time for independent guided study and assessment preparation.
Eligibility:

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 our Certificate in Counselling course as an entry requirement or alternatively, if you can also demonstrate suitable further experience and skills, our 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 an Enhanced 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 our Open Days or Open Evenings to find out more. If you are new to Iron Mill College, you might also find our Taster Days a useful way to experience what it's like to study at Iron Mill College, before applying
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Recognition of Prior Learning (APL):

To ensure that all students meet the criteria for BACP registration, RPL is not permitted. Students need to complete the course in its entirety. If you have any queries relating to this, please contact the Course Lead, Lucia Capaldi, at lucia.capaldi@ironmill.co.uk



How to apply:

Please note - 5th July to 20th September 2017: We are currenty in the Clearing period for applications for university undergraduate courses. During this period, you can apply for this course using the steps below, but will be given a Tracking Number for your application by UCAS. You must note and contact us directly with this Tracking Number, by emailing enquires@ironmill.co.uk, once you have applied. If you do not contact us with this Tracking Number, we will not be able to retrieve your application.

Applications for this course are made via the UCAS website.

  • The Course Code is: B9K0.
  • The Campus Code is: A (Please note: This code is different to the Campus Code needed when applying for Student Finance).

Please let us know when you have submitted an application to UCAS, by emailing enquires@ironmill.co.uk with your Tracking Number.

Please note: The 2 year Foundation Degree (FdA) in Integrative Counselling and the 1 year BA (Hons) Degree in Integrative Counselling ('top up' year) are two separate programmes. Applicants wishing to study for the FdA and then the BA (Hons) year should initially just apply for the FdA course, using the above code.

Applications for 
Student Finance are made at:



  • Campus Code: (Please note: This code is different to the Campus Code needed when applying for the course through UCAS).



How to apply:


Please note - 5th July to 20th September 2017: We are currenty in the Clearing period for applications for university undergraduate courses. During this period, you can apply for this course using the steps below, but will be given a Tracking Number for your application by UCAS. You must note and contact us directly with this Tracking Number, by emailing enquires@ironmill.co.uk,
once you have applied
. If you do not contact us with this Tracking Number, we will not be able to retrieve your application.

Applications for this course are made via the UCAS website.

  • The Course Code is: B9K0.
  • The Campus Code is: A (Please note: This code is different to the Campus Code needed when applying for Student Finance).

Please let us know when you have submitted an application to UCAS, by emailing enquires@ironmill.co.uk  with your Tracking Number.

Please note: The 2 year Foundation Degree (FdA) in Integrative Counselling and the 1 year BA (Hons) Degree in Integrative Counselling ('top up' year) are two separate programmes. Applicants wishing to study for the FdA and then the BA (Hons) year should initially just apply for the FdA course, using the above code.

Applications for 
Student Finance are made at:



  • Campus Code: (Please note: This code is different to the Campus Code needed when applying for the course through UCAS).
 

What our Students Say

"I learned more about myself on this course, than in 7 years of psychotherapy and made some good new friends too. Stimulating, challenging, and enjoyable course."
Certificate in Counselling Graduate

What our Students Say

"I have never been in such a creative, free, wonderful environment to learn. The mix of students is just buzzing. I have felt it such a privilege to have been allowed to be present.

Our tutor was such a delight....and I hope she continues teaching in her wonderfully human, but knowledgeable way."
A. Davey - Diploma in Supervision Graduate
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