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Programme Requirements

Attendance requirements

All teaching takes place on a Tuesday from 11.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. There are 26  taught days in year one and two and 11 ( in year three. All students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of the course each academic year in order to successfully progress onto subsequent training years. 

Please note this is a full-time training programme. Students will therefore be required to dedicate at least two days per week to focus on theirs studies. The time required to complete this programme increases over the three years as you begin to see more clients in year two. Students are able to work part-time whilst pursuing this training.

Additional Costs

Personal counselling

All students are required to undertake 120 hours of personal counselling across the three years of the BSc degree. This needs to be a minimum of 40 face-to-face sessions per academic year. All personal counselling needs to be with a suitably qualified BACP or UKCP registered humanistic counsellor or psychotherapist.

Please note that the cost for personal counselling or psychotherapy is not included in the course fees and needs to be funded separately by the student.

Supervised client hours

Students can only commenced seeking clients towards the end of year one when they have: successfully passed their mid-term tutorial; passed their skills assessment; and have the permission of their primary tutor. However, on entering Year 2 students need to be seeing at least two clients per week. By the completion of training the student will have undertaken a minimum of 150 hours of client work supervised by the primary supervisor (or placement supervisors providing they have a Humanistic orientation). Primary supervisors will submit a supervisory report every year.


Regular supervision is an integral part of the humanistic counselling training. For beginners, we recommend some form of supervision weekly, and for all students we require some form of supervision fortnightly in line with BACP requirements for trainees in clinical practice. However, as students build up their client experience, a minimum of one hour of supervision for every six hours of client contact time is essential. All Metanoia students need to arrange supervision with a Metanoia-approved Humanistic primary supervisor, in consultation with their primary course tutor. At the point of examination, students need to have accrued a minimum of 35 hours of supervision.

Please note that the cost for supervision is not included in the course fees and needs to be funded separately by the student. Sometimes the placement where the student gains their client hours provides free supervision. 

Case Discussion Hours

In addition to supervision hours, students are required to arrange and undertake at least 70 hours of case discussion hours.


The written assignments for the course are as follows:

Year one:

  •       4 x 2,500 word assessment
  •       Reflective journal

Year two:

  •       3 x 2,500 word assessments
  •       1 x 5,000 word assignment
  •       Reflective journal

Year three:

  •       8,000 word Case Study
  •       Clinical viva examination
  •       Reflective journal


Student monitoring throughout the programme

There is regular monitoring and feedback of student development during the training. Each student is required to keep a record of all results, tutorials etc. There is open communication between Metanoia tutors, supervisors and placement co- ordinators who work together as a team to enable students to get the most benefit from the training and professional development structure.