Foundation Degree (FdA) Counselling // Undergraduate

Course overview

This course will provide an understanding of the theory, skills and expertise required to work as a professional Counsellor as well as providing progression to higher levels of study in this subject at degree level.

This is a well-established, popular, professional level course taught by very experienced tutors with an excellent industry reputation.

For those who have successfully completed a level 3 counselling qualification, this is your progression route to professional practice. You will have a chance to substantially develop your knowledge of counselling theory and ethics. In addition you will have the opportunity to engage in personal development to enhance your therapeutic practice.

We provide a professional setting, with unique, purpose-built counselling booths, so that you have the appropriate space in which to develop your counselling skills. In addition, each booth has recording equipment to support reflective process and assignment work.

Course content

Modules on this course include:

Year 1 (national level 4)

  • Personal Development (20 Credits)
  • Counselling Skills Practice and Development (20 Credits)
  • Professional Issues (20 Credits)
  • Core Model of Counselling (varies depending upon the college: humanistic / cognitive behavioural / person-centred and cognitive behavioural) (30 Credits)
  • Comparative Models of Counselling (30 Credits)

Year 2 (national level 5)

  • Personal Development 2 (20 Credits)
  • Supervised Counselling Practice (40 Credits)
  • Counselling Research (20 Credits)
  • Contemporary Issues in Counselling (40 Credits)

In the second year of the course, students must undertake a placement with a counselling agency. If the counselling placement provider cannot supply an appropriate supervisor, it is the responsibility of the student to identify a suitable supervisor and also pay for any fees charged for this service.

Entry requirements

  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling
  • GCSE grade C/4 or above (or equivalent qualifications) in Mathematics and English. 

You would normally be in voluntary or paid work as a Counsellor or undertaking (or about to undertake) paid or voluntary work in a setting which will allow you to practice counselling skills. You may also be required to attend an interview.

There is a course requirement stipulating that all students need to acquire student membership of the BACP at own cost prior to beginning counselling practice in a placements. Prospective students are advised to consult the BACP for the latest information on student membership.

If English is not your first language, please refer to the University of Sunderland English Language requirements:

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods include seminars, group work, presentations and debates. Assessment will be by essays, reports and presentations.

Tutors on this course provide rigorous assessment and coaching of your skills. You will be well supported towards a professional level of ‘fitness to practice’ that is required by the University of Sunderland and Placement Providers alike.  

Progression and careers

The course qualifies you as a Counselling Practitioner (a professional Counsellor). You can progress to the BA (Hons) Degree (a one-year part-time course) at the University of Sunderland.

This course is also aligned with BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) guidelines which will help prepare you for progression to voluntary or paid employment.

Awarding body

This programme is offered by Tyne Coast College working in partnership with the University of Sunderland. The award that you will receive will be from the University of Sunderland.

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Student numbers

In order to help ensure that the student experience is maintained at a high level across the life of partnership programmes, there is a minimum of 12 students required to enrol in year 1 of each programme offered by TyneMet College in partnership with the University of Sunderland in order for it to run. In the event that this minimum is not reached, the University reserves the right to either close this programme and withdraw offers made on it or, if appropriate to the programme, apply conditions to the programme in order to allow it to run with reduced student numbers. If the programme is closed, the University will use reasonable endeavours to help affected students switch to a suitable alternative programme or alternative HE provider if they wish to do so. If a decision is taken to apply conditions to the programme in order to allow it to run with reduced student numbers, consultation will take place with affected students. Conditions may include things like studying some of the programme at a different venue or merging study with other similar programmes where there is overlap. If these conditions are not acceptable to all students, the programme will close.

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Course detail
Classification Foundation Degree
Course Mode Part-time
Level Undergraduate
Duration Two years
Location Coast Road Campus
Annual fee £5500.00 *
Start September
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