BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP  accredited)

BACP Course Logo3 Years Part-time - Next intake Sept 2019 (2019 is now Full and operationg a waiting list. Applications can be made for 2020 entry)

Total intake: 32 Students (Two groups of 16)

The BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy is awarded by Staffordshire University and accredited by BACP. This course evolved from our original 3 year BACP accredited Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Since its inception in 2009.

We are now Office for Students (OfS) registered. This means we meet the OfS requirements for course quality, academic standards, student support, student protection and more. Please visit  for more information. BSc students are therefore able to access student support and apply for Part-Time Student Loans and Disabled Student Allowance via the Student Loans Company (SLC). The part-time student loan portal will open in the summer

The BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy provides a sound knowledge of the theory underpinning the practice of Humanistic and Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy and supports the acquisition of the clinical skills necessary for safe and ethical practice.  The development of personal growth and self-awareness are fundamental aspects of the training.

The course duration is three years. All modules are compulsory to complete the dual qualification of BSc (Hons) and accreditation with BACP. All modules are taught in a class size of sixteen. Each year consists of eight weekend workshops (7 x 3 Day workshops Friday-Sunday and 1 x 4 day workshop Thursday-Sunday) [Click Here for Training dates]. Progression to the second and third stage is dependent on meeting the necessary assessment criteria. Assessments consist of written assignments, presentations, book reviews, the required number of personal therapy sessions for each stage, a clinical placement and tutor, self and peer evaluations. There are no formal examinations.

(Consists of 6 modules over a twelve month period)

Module 1 Humanistic and Integrative Philosophy 20 credits
Module 2 Therapeutic Relationship 20 credits
Module 3 An Ethical Framework for Counselling 20 credits
Module 4 Therapeutic Skills (I)  20 credits
Module 5 Culture and Diversity  20 credits
Module 6 Clinical Obligations (I) 20 credits

(Consists of 5 module)

Module 1 The Process and evaluation of Change 40 credits
Module 2 Human Development 20 credits
Module 3 Unconscious Processes 20 credits
Module 4 Therapeutic Skills (II) 20 credits
Module 5 Clinical Obligations (II)  20 credits

(Consists of 3 modules)

Module 1 Applications of a Humanistic and Integrative approach to Counselling and Psychotherapy 60 credits
Module 2 The Use of Self 20 credits
Module 3 Clinical Obligations (III) 40 credits


Year 1 30 hours of personal therapy  
Year 2 40 hours of personal therapy
75 hours (minimum) in supervised placement
(30 hours (minimum) of supervision)
Year 3

40 hours in personal therapy
125 hours (minimum) in supervised placement
(50 hours (minimum) of supervision)


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Assessment and Feedback: Summative assessment and formative feedback is normally sent electronically 6-8 weeks after submission and prior to the next assignment. This ensures that formative feedback is received prior to completion of the next assignment and that the formative function to support learning is achieved.

Placements: As part of training, students are required to secure suitable placements. The Institute will actively support you in your search. The Institute has a Placement Co-ordinator, a member of staff who is dedicated to developing and maintaining links with placement providers. Each year, SPTI hosts a student placement fair where our students are able to make valuable contacts with placement providers as well as attending supporting workshops on the day. This complements existing placement related workshops within our training. In addition, The Institute has student notice boards which include opportunities for placements as well as an on-line list of placement providers, including details of placement organisations used by past and current students. Placement opportunities are also posted on our student Moodle site.  

Timetabling: Timetables are normally available in April. All timetable changes will be communicated to students two week prior to any changes.  

Course Structure: The BSc (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy starts in September of each academic year. The academic year then finishes on 31st July 2017 with the exam board occurring in late September enabling students to progress onto Masters courses starting in October:

Each of the three years of this course involves sufficient class contact time to meet the BACP requirement for 450 hours training.  Additionally, students will be expected to engage in in-depth independent study. Personal therapy and a supervised Counselling placement from the beginning of year 2 form the clinical obligations for the course. 

Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct: Regulations regarding breaches of academic regulations and misconduct can be found on the Staffordshire University website by clicking here.

Entry requirements (including IELTS score):

The following requirements comply with both QAA and BACP’s standards for training in psychotherapy.

In order to apply, you must be at least 21 years of age.

You will be required to complete an application form and provide two acceptable references which must demonstrate:

  • Evidence of study at RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework) Level 3 or equivalent standard (e.g. 'A’ level, NVQ level 3, BTEC ND).
  • Evidence of successful completion of a basic Counselling Skills course (minimum 30 hours).
  • Evidence of relevant experience of working with people in a responsible or supportive role.

In addition, where English is not your first language you must demonstrate a pass in IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element), TOEFL iBT 87 (no less than 21 in listening and writing, 22 in reading and 23 in speaking) or CELE pre-sessional course.

You will also be required to attend an information day and interview which will enable both you and course staff to gauge your suitability for this professional course of study.

Interviews: Selection will be made by application form, references and personal interview. For applicants selected for interview, the interview will be with the relevant Programme Leader and is likely to be for a minimum of 30 minutes duration. Applicants who do not meet the ideal academic requirements may be asked to complete a short essay in order to demonstrate their capacity to study at the relevant academic level, in addition to providing details of other qualifications. At interview, you will need to demonstrate that you have, or have the potential to develop, the following attributes:

  • Self-awareness, maturity and stability
  • Ability to reflect on life experiences and utilise constructive feedback
  • Capacity to cope with the emotional and intellectual demands of the programme
  • bility to form a helping relationship
  • Awareness of issues of diversity and equality, prejudice and oppression
  • Ability to recognise the need for personal and professional support

Additional Information:

  • DBS: Applicants to SPTI clinical training programmes are reminded that all offers are subject to a satisfactory Criminal Records check by undertaking an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) certificate, and then registering the certificate with the DBS update service (applicants have 30 days to undertake this)  [DBS Policy] [DBS01 Declaration]
  • International Students: should note that SPTI is not a UK Home Office registered Sponsor with approval to admit overseas students. We can only consider applications from applicants who satisfy HOME fee residential status criteria e.g. UK/EU/EEA including Switzerland.
  • Assignment Route: If you do not possess a level 3 qualification (or equivalent) but satisfy criteria relating to ‘relevant work and/or life experience’ , you may be asked to undertake an independent assessment via the completion of a piece of written work in order to demonstrate your capacity to study at undergraduate level.
  • Pre-existing relationships: The nature of psychotherapy training is primarily relational and as such it is important for applicants to disclose any pre-existing relationships with SPTI staff and/or members (and other applicants where known) at the point of application.  This provides the opportunity to address potential implications for this at the interview stage thereby ensuring professional standards when attending to dual relationships, which Professional Bodies (for example, BACP and UKCP) recommend be avoided to prevent detrimental effects and promote professional accountability at all stages of training and practice.  We aim to ensure that this does not provide an unnecessary barrier to recruitment. Therefore, in cases of pre-existing relationships with current students and/or training staff adjustments may be suggested; this could include an alternative entry point or in some cases an alternative programme of study.
  • APL: Applicants who wish to be considered for APL (accredited prior learning) for the BSc Programme into the second year only, must have previously studied at the same academic level in the same modality and must be able to meet all of the academic (learning objectives) and clinical requirements of the first year of the BSc (Hons) programme. Please refer to our separate APL Information [click here]

Application materials can be downloaded click here for an application form or contact us on 0115 844 7904

Our frequently asked questions booklet is available from the following link click here for FAQ's