Counselling - Foundation Degree

Start Date: 12th September 2018
Course Code: C00694 LTD1A

  • Higher Education
  • Part-Time
  • Ballymena (Lamont Building)


Duration: 3 Years Part-time
Number of weeks: 33
Start date: 12th September 2018
End date: 10th June 2019
Day: Wed
Time: 09:00-17:30
Information Event: Y

Fee for 2018/2019 Academic Year:


Course Content

The course is designed in order to fulfil a specific need for counselling training which has become apparent in recent years. The programme covers a range of related counselling modules including:
• Integrative Approach 1
• Personal Development
• Humanistic Counselling
• Developing the Therapeutic Relationship
• Ethics and Professional Practice
• Understanding the Client in Context
• Cognitive Behavioural Approaches
• Supervised Practice 1
• Psychodynamic
• Supervised Practice 2
• Integrative Approach 2.

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Course Aims

To expand on existing counselling skills and develop an insight into counselling theory. The course is designed for students who wish to use skills within the workplace and/ or gain the necessary requirements to make application to BACP/IACP/NCS or other professional counselling organisation.

Special Features

This is an innovative course that has two exit points. Students can exit after 24 months with a Higher Education Certificate in Counselling Studies or complete the 3 years of the programme and exit with a Foundation Degree in Counselling. The course involves a large element of personal development and students will be expected to reflect upon past and present life events.

Students must undertake 150 hours of Supervised Practice during the course. This practice must be within an appropriate ‘agency’. It is the responsibility of the students in negotiation with the Course Director to obtain a suitable placement that meets the requirements of the course. Students will be expected to undertake Professional Supervision as part of their Practice. There is a cost associated with this at approximately £35.00 per hour.

Students will also be expected to undertake a minimum of 20 hours Personal Therapy during the course; the cost for this is between £30.00 and £40.00 per hour.

Assessment Methods

Case Studies, completion of personal learning journals. Tutor, peer, and self assessment, assessment of practical skills and seen and unseen examinations.

Course Update

Please note that due to campus redevelopment Ballymena and Coleraine courses may be relocated to alternative suitable locations.

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Prospective students must have the following qualifications to obtain an interview for the course:

  • Provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE English Language grades A-C/ 4-9 or equivalent); and
  • Provide evidence of passes in five subjects, two of which must be at A level (grades A-E) and three at GCSE level* (grades A-C/4-9); or
  • Provide evidence of passes in four subjects, three of which must be at A level (grades A-E) and one at GCSE level* (grades A- C/4-9); or
  • Provide evidence of an approved qualification at an equivalent level such as a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma or Access to Higher Education qualification or equivalent; or
  • Provide evidence, for a process of formal accreditation by the University, of learning you have gained through work or other experience.

Proof of all qualifications will be required at the interview stage, along with two references confirming suitability for the course.

Applicants will be required to pass a group and individual interview in order to be offered a place on the course. These interviews will be scheduled in June, and applicants will be invited by mid-May.

Where mature students wish to have prior education and/or experience taken into account, in lieu of meeting the full course entry requirements, they should contact the relevant Course Director by 13th August, as an application deadline will apply.
Please Note: if a course is oversubscribed, the college reserves the right to enhance the entry criteria.

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Successful students may progress to related Degree Programmes at the Ulster University.

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