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Course Leader in Integrative Counselling (HE)

Eastern Colleges Group
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27 Jul 2021

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Course Leader in Integrative Counselling (Higher Education

West Suffolk College, Bury St Edmunds

0.8FTE, Permanent

Salary: £32,784 - £36.581 FTE depending on experience


At West Suffolk College we are reimagining Higher Education. We believe University isn't just about complex courses. It's about undertaking a transformational experience that's capable of changing lives and life chances.

That's why we're developing vocational degrees aimed at getting learners into high-skilled jobs, degrees that develop the whole person, degrees that are linked to real prospects in the region. We want learners to be able to engage with what we do at any life stage, whatever their circumstances. And we're doing it all in partnership with the University of East Anglia (a top-25 UK University). Our students will graduate with degrees validated by the University of East Anglia.

As an organisation we already send more than three quarters of our students into the world with first-class or 2:1 honours degrees, and we already have one of the highest National Student Survey scores in the region. But we know we can do more.

Over the next few years we're embarking on an ambitious programme of development and change. We will be developing our digital capacity, reviewing our teaching and learning strategies, and bedding into a new dedicated University Studies building in Bury St Edmunds. We are establishing an integrated student support system, an extensive employer engagement programme, and a community of learning-staff and students together-to meet the region's needs in the long term.

We're looking for talented people who are passionate about making a difference to the region through education, and who share our commitment to excellence, a first class student experience, and the long-term development of higher education in West Suffolk.


West Suffolk College are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and experienced UKCP/BACP registered Counsellor / Psychotherapist and academic to lead our new BA (Hons) in Integrative Counselling to continue the success of the counselling offer within University Studies at WSC. You will join the Department of Health & Human Sciences and join a friendly and supportive team of Counsellors and colleagues, who play key roles in the delivery and on-going development of the courses in the Department.

You will take on the role as Course Leader with support from the Head of Department, with whom you will work closely. You will be actively involved in curriculum development and design, creatively considering teaching and learning within a dynamic team, and teaching across the years of the Integrative Counselling course. You will be involved in preparing students for professional employment and your role will include being a Personal Academic Tutor, to support and encourage students to achieve their potential. You will also supervise students with their dissertations and participate in admissions and recruitment events working collaboratively with wider College and outreach partners.

Role Responsibilities
  • Fully participate in the development of the University Studies Course portfolio within Counselling and related programmes with the Dept of Health & Human Sciences.
  • Act as Course Leader for Counselling and carry out academic administrative work specific to the programme and participation in relevant committees within the Department and University Studies.
  • Chair course team meetings to oversee academic delivery, quality assurance processes and respond to the student voice through the on-going leadership of the BA (Hons)
  • Contribute to the academic delivery of the BA (Hons) Counselling Degree, and support academic delivery within the wider portfolio, as required by the Head of School
  • Assist with marketing and recruitment of the BA (Hons) Integrative Counselling and all courses within the Department as required. Contribute to open days, attend career functions and widening participation events, some of which may be on a Saturday.

Required qualifications, skills and experience
  • A relevant honours degree or equivalent qualification in Counselling and / or Psychotherapy.
  • Masters Degree in Counselling, Psychotherapy or related field.
  • An accredited BACP / UKCP Psychotherapist and/or Counsellor.

Please ensure you familiarise yourself with our Character Strengths and Mission Statement to incorporate into your personal statement. You will find this very beneficial if you are invited to attend for an interview and it will help you to understand our expectations of you at an early stage of the recruitment process.

For more information please contact

Please send a completed application form to , if you have not heard from a member of the HR team within 14 working days, please presume your application has not been successful on this occasion.

This College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Closing Date: Monday 26th July 2021

Interview Date: TBC

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, gender, gender reassignment, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age in accordance with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.

The College is committed to safeguarding children and safer recruitment practices and will undertake all the required pre-employment checks on the successful candidate including an enhanced DBS Disclosure.

All data will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 For more information about how we access and use your information please visit our website -
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