BA (Hons) Theology & Counselling
London School of Theology is privileged to be the only institution in the United Kingdom offering this unique course called ‘Theology and Counselling’, an integrative degree programme combining studies in Theology and training in Counselling.

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.  We welcome 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.

Time Commitment

For full-time students it is expected that you will be able to commit around 40 hours per week to your studies. The counselling modules are taught in person only.  Counselling students are required to be in personal therapy throughout the course (30 hours per year) In addition, in levels 5 & 6, they are required to see clients in a voluntary placement. This should be considered as a day a week of work throughout the year.

Theology and Counselling students can opt to study their theology in person or online (blended). For students studying on campus lectures will take place 9am – 6pm on Mondays to Fridays. For full time students this normally equates to around 20 hours of lectures and 20 hours of personal study time.

Full time students studying by blended delivery will also need to be able to commit 40 hours per week to enable you to complete the necessary work.

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, it is advisable to reckon on 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. In online forums or ‘classrooms’, you engage with other students and tutors; the more you put in, the more feedback you will get. This forum is open 24/7, to facilitate the global reach of countries involved with studying theology online.

Full-time students are expected to complete the BA in 3 years. Part-time students are expected to complete the BA in 6 years. They alternate a year of theology with a year of counselling.

The REMA Approach

Developed at London School of Theology, at the heart of our programme you will learn an approach to therapy that is relational, holistic, attuned in terms of social realities and integrative. We teach an integrative approach to therapy with a psychodynamic core. This means that the primary orientation is psychodynamic in the sense that we look to deep-seated reasons and root causes. We integrate aspects of other counselling modalities to help us to be attuned to the particular situations of individual clients rather than be equipped to move solely in a particular theory of the inner world.

The REMA Approach to therapy is also integrative in that we are attuned to the centuries of reflection in the faith-based traditions of Christian theology and pastoral psychology which have most definitely not out-lived their usefulness. REMA represents the four lenses (Relational, Embodies, Making and Agency) which support our integration of theology and counselling.

Every approach to therapy is rooted in pre-suppositions about psychological functioning and a way of being human. The value of human beings underpins the ethical framework but is also a psycho-social dynamic driver. We are hard wired to pursue this in our lives: high value is a powerful motivation. Where this is not forthcoming in our social or inter-personal world, something happens inside that dents our sense of self. Our primary pursuit is to be a worthwhile person living a worthwhile life that matters because we matter. The urge to count, to be endorsed is the primary drive for a Christian understanding of people’s fundamental needs. This emerges in patterns of Relating, Embodiment, Meaning and Agency in which inner disturbance shows up.

For more detail about the REMA Approach click here

Accreditation

The Theology & Counselling programme is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the main professional body for counselling in the UK.

This is the only Counselling programme with a 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, this programme is quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion.

Personal Counselling

The Theology & Counselling programme requires all students to undergo their own personal therapy sessions in order to develop the self awareness and reflexivity they need 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 at more than just surface level.

Students are required to do 30 hours of therapy in each year of their course with an experienced therapist who works in a way that is compatible with the integrative framework taught at LST.  All personal therapists must be approved by LST lecturing staff.

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. Students’ 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

All BACP registered therapists are required to be in Clinical Supervision to support and underpin their client work.

In levels 5 & 6, students are required to do 150 hours of client work in a voluntary placement. They must be in supervision when they are seeing 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 equate to one hour of supervision per six hours of client work. The cost of supervision is not included in the course fees.

Students are required to find their own supervisors (although some placements provide supervisors at no cost). Supervisors must be adequately qualified and trained to supervise the work being done by students and so must be approved by your lecturer.

Residentials

The residentials are best described as a weekend away where students are invited to participate in a deep exploration of themselves.

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.  Dates for residentials are available from the admissions team.

The undergraduate Theology & Counselling programme has three levels of study.

We now offer more choice to potential students wishing to study undergraduate Theology & Counselling.

Explore the undergraduate Theology & Counselling curriculum for full and part-time students.

Find out the entry requirements for the Certificate, the Diploma or the Degree.

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

Find out how to begin the application process and access the online application form.

Acting Theology & Counselling Programme Leader
Christopher Steed
Lecturer in Theology & Counselling
Philippa Oliver-Dee
Lecturer in Theology & Counselling
Nicky Lambert