Who is it for?
This programme is for people interested in training to practice as clinicians in different settings such as the NHS, schools, pastoral ministry or missions, with a strong individual focus. The programme is also for people interested in becoming professional counsellors and needing a well-laid foundation in the Bible and theology. The pathways after training are many, based on your ambitions and dreams.
For full-time students it is expected that you will be able to commit around 40 hours per week to your studies. For students studying on campus lectures will take place 9am – 6pm on Mondays to Fridays. This normally equates to around 20 hours of lectures and 20 hours of personal study time. For students studying by blended delivery you will also need to be able to commit 40 hours per week to enable you to complete the necessary work.
We recommend those who do the online degree to do it part-time. Although it is an online degree, it is a very active course where one is expected to engage with the material and twice a week on our online forums. Due to this level of engagement, we say that one should put aside 16-20 hours, or 2 days week for the part-time online BA.
The online course is tailored for those who work. Therefore, there are no set times for lectures as it is mainly a written course. There might be times lecturer’s want to do a zoom but that will be discussed with the class prior and is a rare occasion. So, we have online forums or ‘classrooms’ which is where you engage with other students and tutors; the more one puts in, the more feedback you will get. This forum is open 24/7, to cater to the diversity of countries that are involved with our online course.
Full-time students are expected to complete the BA in 3 years. Part-time students are expected to complete the BA in 6 years.
The 'REMA' Model
At the heart of our programme you will get to know the REMA model of counselling which roots counselling in a Christian understanding of people’s fundamental needs for Relationality, Embodiment, Meaning and Agency. This model of counselling has been developed at London School of Theology.
The Theology & Counselling programme is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the main professional body for counselling in the UK, and is a member of the European Association for Counsellors (EAC).
This is the only Counselling programme with Christian Worldview to meet the standards of their full professional scrutiny – and to that we add theological studies with teachers of world renown, in an institution with a long track record of providing the church in the UK and around the world with its future leaders. Academically, the programme is validated by Middlesex University, so that on successful completion of the programme you will leave with a Middlesex University award.
The Theology & Counselling programme requires all students to undergo their own personal counselling sessions in order to best relate to potential clients.
Personal therapy is important because one can only take their client as far as they’re willing to go themselves. Therefore, although it can be tough it puts one in place of their clients so they can relate to them in more than just surface level.
Costs vary widely. Some therapists can offer student counsellors a place for as little as £20 a session, while others may charge upwards of £70-£80 a session. Generally, the price set by a therapist is related to how much demand there is for their services and their personal costs and overheads etc. Student’s past experience tells us that cost is not indicative of quality, and many very good therapists have low-cost slots for students. Please note that the cost of personal counselling is not included in tuition fees.
Personal counselling is different to pastoral care and consequently students cannot use their pastor as their counsellor – counsellors must be cleared by the tutor.
Supervision is a necessary component to be BACP approved. It is a process to help hold one accountable to the BACP ethics and guideline and to keep one safe. The point is not to discuss one’s client and what they have been disclosing, but rather a space to ask for advice on behaviours/patterns one may have noticed in their clients.
Supervision is to be completed in Levels 5 & 6 (or whenever one has their own clients) and can cost up to £60/hour. Supervision hours should work out at one hour of supervision per six hours of client work.
Students are to find this themselves (although some placements provide supervisors at no cost) and supervisors must be cleared by your tutor.
The residentials are best described as an experimental weekend away; where one gets the chance to participate in a deep exploration of oneself.
The cost of these two weekends per year is included in tuition fees (except travel costs). Attendance is compulsory as the time goes towards relational growth hours.
We now offer more choice to potential students wishing to study undergraduate Theology & Counselling.
This programme is quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion.