Student Life

What's it like being a student at Matrix?

What’s the course like?
It is based on three pillars: theory, counselling skills and personal development.

Theory
You will learn about integrative counselling. All our students are adult learners and much of the work is undertaken at home. We encourage the development of study skills groups to help our students study in between training weekends. For those who need it, we have a Learning Support tutor who can provide one-to-one support. If you are returning to study after a long absence we can help you develop academic skills swiftly.

Personal development
By the end of the three years will have developed a coherent philosophy of integration. At Matrix we consider an understanding of your own personal history is crucial to the development of your integrative framework which is why we place such emphasis on personal counselling.

Counselling skills
Counselling skills are taught in triad groups over almost all training weekends. At the beginning of Year 2, once you have been assessed as ready to practice, you will begin work in a placement. We have many links with voluntary agencies in East Anglia and beyond, and our students are highly valued as voluntary counsellors.

How do you feel when you arrive at Matrix?
Gaining my BSc with Matrix has enabled me to secure a post with Mind for the Wellbeing service… gaining this qualification has meant everything to me, as now my work is a pleasure which I am very privileged to have.
Matrix BSc Graduate
I really love the venue; clean, spacious and proper rooms for triads
Matrix Student
Matrix is by far the most compassionate, yet academic college I have taught at. The style is experiential and intersubjective, while, in addition, nurturing and prizing intellectual rigour and the integration of theory into practice.
Matrix Tutor
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Transparency Return 2019

Matrix is required to make an annual transparency data return to the Office for Students, the independent regulator of Higher Education in England. As we have very few students compared to most Universities the data tables in the transparency return show little information as in most cases the information is rounded to the nearest 10. Where the chart shows an N or DP it that means the rounded down numbers are too few to show.

The information is intended to show:

  • the number of applications for admission onto our course that we have received from UK domiciled applicants
  • the number of offers we have made in relation to those applications
  • the number of those offers accepted and the number of those who have registered with us
  • the number of students who registered and went on to complete their course with us.
  • the number of students who attained the BSc on completion of their course with us

It also intends to shows these numbers by reference to:

  • the gender of the individuals to which they relate
  • their ethnicity
  • their socioeconomic background

It is important to note that the data presented has not been contextualised. This means, for example, that you will not be able to see from this data how many of those applying to our course met the entry criteria.

We publish and Access and participation statement which gives more details about our student population and our commitment to widening participation in counselling training.

Transparency Return Tables 2019

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Student Intake Information 2018-19

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Access and Participation Statement

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Frequently asked questions

Will the course get me a job?

A BSc is a recognised qualification. In addition, our course leads to UKCP registration as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor (once you have completed 450 clinical hours). This registration is a benchmark standard for counsellors in the UK.

Our course is designed to create competent Integrative Counsellors who are ready to work in the counselling field and develop a career in counselling. Examples of possible employment are: working in charitable organizations, GP surgeries, university student support and private practice.

If you would like to continue your academic learning, you can progress to a postgraduate qualification such as a Master’s degree in Psychotherapy.

Does the College have a Student's Union?

As a small college, we do not have a Student’s Union. We take feedback from our students after every training weekend and more formally at the Programme Voice Group meeting twice a year. Each training group appoints two student reps who represent the group’s views to the Programme Voice Group. We value student feedback enormously and have made many changes over the years in response to it.

Do you have a campus?

We are not a campus based Higher Education Institute. We are based in Wymondham and students visit the Matrix building each day. The teaching is from 9.30 am – 5.15 pm each day. We do not have accommodation as this is not required by students.

What is the ages range of your students?

We generally take students from their late twenties to their seventies. We find that students do well if they have had a variety of life experience prior to undertaking the course.