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Two women talkingFoundation Degree (FdA) in Integrative Counselling 

Validated by University of Worcester and Accredited by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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

  • 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.

Accreditation:

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The Exeter programme is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). 

This course is validated by University of Worcester:

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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 one A level (or equivalent) at Grade C or above, or 32 UCAS tariff points (2017 tariff). The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See University of Worcester's new UCAS tariff page for more information. 

  • 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
Alternatively a Course Tutor would be happy to speak with you personally – please contact us if you would like us to put you in touch.


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:

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 also let us know when you have submitted an application to UCAS, by emailing amanda.murrell@ironmill.co.uk.

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).

September 2018 applications:


If you are applying after 30th June 2016 you still need to apply via UCAS, but you will use the 'clearing' process. In clearing you need to complete the application as normal, including your personal statement, but you cannot add course choices. When you submit your application to UCAS you will receive a welcome email to access the Track service where you will find your Clearing Number. Contact Iron Mill College (amanda.murrell@ironmill.co.uk/ 01392 219200) and give us your Clearing Number. We will then access your application on the UCAS website

Please note: all your paperwork will need to be in place before we can process your application. 

 




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Upcoming intakes:

 
Exeter: September 2018 Tuesday intake.
Poole: September 2019 TBC

Please find full details under 'Dates' tab of this web page.

The Exeter programme is accredited by:

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BACP is recognised as the leading accreditation body for training courses in counselling and psychotherapy. We build strong collaborative relationships with our accredited courses providers, working together to share knowledge and develop the highest standards of professional practice.

By choosing a BACP accredited course, you can be sure that:
  • the course content, delivery and assessment meet the highest professional standards
  • the course is mapped to external benchmark standards and curricula (for example QAA standardsBACP core curricula)
  • the tutor team meets BACP teaching, experience and practice requirements
  • the learning environment and resources are appropriate for high-quality practitioner training
  • the course assessment and moderation are externally assured
  • the course and practice requirements satisfy BACP membership and individual accreditation training requirements
  • the course is subject to ongoing BACP quality assurance
Successful graduates of BACP accredited courses can apply to join the BACP Register directly without having to sit our Certificate of Proficiency.
 
For further information, please visit:

BACP - Careers in Counselling or BACP - Course Accreditation

How to apply:

 

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 also let us know when you have submitted an application to 
UCAS, by emailing 
amanda.murrell@ironmill.co.uk.


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

"Feedback from participants of the Professional CBT training was extremely positive. It was experienced as valuable in equipping the students with the knowledge and skills of the CBT approach. It was carried out in an atmosphere most conducive to learning. Working with the Iron Mill has proved to be a valuable partnership.”
Elisabeth O’Donoghue, Family Centre - Tailor-Made Training

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
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