If you are a full-time student, you can work to graduate in 3 years. If you are a part-time student, you will normally complete your studies in 6 years. You will also have practical skills and placement modules that you will complete at levels 4, 5, & 6 and a final dissertation project at level 6.
Certificate of Higher Education in Theology & Counselling – Level 4
On the Certificate course, Level 4, you will receive a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of LST’s integrative counselling framework which is supported by the REMA approach, developed at LST, and commended by Middlesex University for its innovative and highly integrative nature. You will be exposed to other Christian and non-Christian counselling approaches.
Alongside that, you will begin to explore the Bible and Christian Doctrine, gaining an overview of the biblical, historical and international story of God’s people. These foundations on both sides of the programme are designed to help you grow professionally and personally, as well as academically.
On successful completion of the Certificate, you will be ready to use your counselling skills in different areas, but not to work as a counsellor.
Diploma of Higher Education in Theology & Counselling – Level 5
In the Diploma, Level 5, you will embark on counselling practice, supported by further training in counselling theory and skills. Practice and Supervision Groups are there to support you in your first steps as a counsellor.
Alongside this you will be gaining deeper insights into theology and reflecting on how it fits with counselling, with specialist modules in Old and New Testament, in the person and work of Christ, and in interpreting the Bible today.
In both the Certificate and Diploma programmes you will be continually encouraged to connect theology with counselling studies in a context of spirituality. This will help you become integrative thinkers and practitioners, and grow in your understanding of how each discipline impacts the other.
BA (Hons) Degree in Theology & Counselling – Level 6
The Degree, Level 6, takes these processes even further. Students take a core module in Biblical Theology, which informs the work in the rest of the programme as we seek to integrate theological and counselling perspectives throughout.
A key element of the year is the Project, a 10,000 word Dissertation which gives you the opportunity to focus on an area of interest and bring all your skills to bear on researching and writing.