Counselling is the skilled and principled use of a collaborative relationship using a variety of counselling models and interventions. Counselling is a healing and organic process that occurs when a counsellor and client come together to bring about change and to develop a therapeutic relationship. The counselling relationship can be a place for clients to recognise how they are feeling and explore any past, present and possibly future issues/life events that they may have. This course will provide students with all the necessary knowledge and skills required to work as an ethical and professional counselling practitioner. This is an integrative counselling course which means students will learn a variety of counselling models and how to integrate these together creating a therapist that can tailor support to the client's needs. This degree has two parts counselling theory and practice, if students wish to and obtain all elements of the degree, they must complete 100 hours of placement. If you are interested in a career in counselling, then this degree could provide a route into the profession. This course is designed to enable students to become confident, competent and reflective practitioners in the counselling field though a carefully constructed programme of study. It aims to enable students to understand counselling within a theoretical and professional basis, the degree is split into two parts Theory and Practice. Successful completion of academic studies will confer students an HNC/HND/BA (as appropriate) in Counselling (Integrative) Theory only. The Practice part of the degree is achieved by completing a 100 client contact hours in a voluntary placement sourced by the student. Personal Therapy – All students are required to complete 30 hours of personal therapy in the first 2 years of the degree, students will be expected to find their own therapist with guidance from their tutor. Personal therapy is funded by the student. Placements – Students working towards theory and practice are required to complete 100 hours of face to face client placement hours which they will be expected to source in their second or third year of the degree. Supervision – All students in placement are required to source and pay for their own supervision for 1.5 hours per month in line with the BACP guidance for student members. **Year One** This introductory year underpins the fundamental elements of counselling practice. You will begin to develop the ability to confidently use secondary research skills by gathering, retrieving, reviewing and synthesising information appropriate to your area of study. Students who complete year one are awarded a Higher National Certificate (HNC) Counselling: Integrative Theory & Practice. **Study Themes** Research Methods: The ability to confidently use secondary research skills, by gathering, retrieving, reviewing and synthesising information appropriate to counselling and supervision.Legal Protection: Research driven knowledge of the care and support of clients which reflects emerging themes, as well as relevant, current government policy and legislation.