BSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP Accredited)

3 years (360 credits)
The BSc (Hons) 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. The course is delivered in eight weekend workshops with 25 Training Days in year one and two and 28 Training days in the final year. This course adopts a Humanistic and Integrative approach that draws on contemporary theories that implement and promote a therapeutic relationship.

Our Undergraduate and Postgraduate Degrees are awarded by Staffordshire University.

Undergraduate Student Loans

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.  For more information, please visit

BSc students are therefore able to access financial student support and apply for Student Loans and Disabled Student Allowance via The Student Loans Company (SLC).

Further Education Courses

Level 2 Award in Counselling Concepts

30 hours
Designed to give trainees basic skills that can be used in every day life or as a taster to longer term training at the Institute. This course is validated by Skills and Education Group Awards and offers a Level 2 qualification.

SPTI Foundation Access

6 months part-time (12 training days)
Designed for those wanting an access course before undertaking a longer programme, and for those who wish to move onto the BSc or Masters programme but who need to enhance their study experience in preparation for this.

all our courses…

…are designed to be managed alongside current occupations.
…have a maximum of 28 training days a year.

Are all suitable for those who:

  • Want to train to become professional psychotherapists and counsellors or
  • Want to develop the counselling or psychotherapy component in their current work and/or
  • Want to make a serious commitment to furthering their own self-development

Each of our courses is unique and yet they share at their core similar values and ideas. These are:

  • The relationship between therapist and client (and trainer and trainee) is a core part of therapeutic healing and growth work.
  • The client has an inner sense of what is right for them. Part of the job of the therapist is to help the client to learn to listen to their inner sense
  • People have an innate capacity to grow and to change, to fulfil their potential.
  • People are ultimately responsible for their own lives.
  • People are valued regardless of race, gender, age, disability, religion or sexual orientation.
  • Patterns of thinking, feeling and behaviour are formed early in life and can become fixed in ways that are not always helpful to us, restricting our choice and our freedom. The therapeutic process is about regaining both of these.
  • Awareness – knowing ourselves – is an important aspect of regaining freedom and choice.

International Students: 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

EU students from 2021: Following the UK’s exit from the EU, the UK government has made changes to eligibility for Student Finance where students are beginning their training in 2021 entry. EU students will not be treated as home students and will require student visas. Therefore, we will not be able to accept applications from EU applicants for 2021 entry onwards.

DBS: Applicants to SPTI clinical training programmes (BSc and MSc) 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 it with the DBS update service.  Click here for the DBS Policy and DBS01 Declaration