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Course overview


One year part-time, non-university programme taught alongside the BA (Hons) Counselling Year 1.

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Programme content

Students taking this programme will cover:

  • Counselling Theory and the Waverley Integrative Framework of Counselling
  • Counselling Skills and Practice
  • Personal and Professional Development

Description of modules

Counselling Theory and the Waverley Integrative Framework of Counselling

It is important to provide students with a theoretical base and foundation for the whole programme. This module aims to do this by introducing students to a Christian anthropology and theory of human personality and to the Waverley Integrative Framework of Counselling, a holistic approach which reflects on the client’s history and current circumstances and on all core aspects of human functioning: relational, physical, emotional, volitional, rational and spiritual. Furthermore, the module provides students with the opportunity to apply the Waverley Integrative Framework and related counselling skills in a guided practice situation and through the use of case studies. Students will also be given an overview of the field of human development and a survey of human behaviour associated to lifespan development. In addition, in order to enable students to appreciate the issues involved in integrating psychological theories into the Waverley Integrative Framework; students will be given an introduction to a range of therapeutic approaches to counselling. Students will also be introduced to basic research principles and methodology, assisting students to understand and make use of research findings to ensure evidence-based practice.

Counselling Skills and Practice

This module aims to equip students with counselling skills, in particular to prepare those who will be continuing in their counselling training. This module aims to do this by facilitating students to understand the importance of developing relationship-building skills which enables the formation of a therapeutic relationship and creates conditions in which change can occur. Students are also introduced to a range of basic and advanced counselling skills for use within the counselling process and provided with the opportunity to gain practice and experience in the use of these skills. In addition students are assisted to develop self-awareness and the ability to give and receive feedback. This module thus enables students to relate counselling theory with practice via peer counselling triplets using the Waverley Integrative Framework.

Personal and Professional Development

In order for students to become professionally competent, it is important that they are aware of the personal and professional issues that arise in counselling. This module aims to achieve this by enabling students to understand the different aspects of professional development in its various contexts and settings, assisting them to appreciate the need for ongoing professional development and providing them with an understanding of what constitutes good practice for the professional counsellor. This will include introducing students to the ethical and legal obligations for counsellors, the importance of supervision and the need to be aware of the potential ethical dilemmas and boundary issues that may arise, including those that might occur for practitioners operating within faith communities. Furthermore, students are also assisted to increase their self-awareness and to understand the importance of self-awareness in professional practice.

Students are required to undertake 15 hours of self-funded personal therapy

Further details

This programme is quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion.


Although not a validated programme, it is a level 4 equivalent of the Higher Education Framework and upon successful completion, provides a pathway to

  • Year 2 of the Dip HE and BA (Hons) Counselling


Students are required to complete written assignments; exams and a self-reflective journal during the academic year.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry qualifications for this programme, however, students may need to demonstrate the potential to study at this level. This programme has limited availability and is an ideal opportunity for students who do not meet the qualification requirements of the BA (Hons) Year 1.


Waverley Abbey College, Waverley Abbey House, Waverley Lane, Farnham GU9 8EP

Further information

Book a Personal Discovery Call today and a member of our friendly team will discuss your financial options with you and answer any other questions you have.

If you require further information on this, or any of our programmes, email student.services@waverleyabbeycollege.ac.uk or call on 01252 784 784.


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