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

BACP Course Logo3 Years Part-time - Next intake Sept & Oct 2017 Total intake: 32 Students (2 groups of 16)

The BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy is validated by Staffordshire University and accredited by BACP. This course evolved from our original BACP accredited Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. As an alternative provider of education we are required to apply annually to maintain our Specific Course Designation. The Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute has successfully maintained its undergraduate Specific Course Designation for 2017-18 from DfE/HEFCE, which will enable our 2017 entry students to apply for SLC tuition fee only loans to pay their fees.

Our BSc course is validated by Staffordshire University as a part-time three year degree. Designated Part-time programmes are eligible for part-time tuition fee only student loans which are available to apply for now. Annual updates to our designation will appear on the HEFCE website available via the following link

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. Each year consists of 8 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, which consists 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.

(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)


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. 

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 QCF (Qualifications and Credit 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. In addition to the above entry requirements, 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
  • Ability 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 19 days to undertake this).
  • 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 on a BACP accredited programme [see BACP guidance] at the same academic level in the same modality and be able to meet all of the academic (learning objectives) and clinical requires of the first year of the BSc (Hons) programme. Please refer to our separate APL Information Pack.

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