About the FdA Counselling Studies programme
The FdA Counselling Studies programme is ideal for anyone working within the Healthcare sector who would like to gain further insight into Therapeutic Intervention. The course focuses heavily on Personal Development which enables greater self-awareness and self-acceptance, preparing individuals for client work. Alternatively, this programme would also suit someone who would like to gain experience in this sector to help develop career opportunities.
This undergraduate Foundation Degree will provide a challenging and high quality academic grounding for future counselling practitioners. It seeks to do this by encouraging students to develop the integration of academic skills, counselling skills and competencies, and knowledge required by those working in areas of the counselling profession. Students will develop an understanding of therapeutic models of counselling practice, the influence of other subject disciplines, such as psychology and mental health, an awareness of key client issues such as addictions, abuse and eating disorders and an understanding of how culture and diversity impact on the counselling role and relationship. It will further empower students through a process of personal development to become autonomous practitioners aligned with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework, taking into consideration issues such as confidentiality, record keeping, insurance and contracting.
The ‘standard’ requirement is 96 UCAS points from A levels; a level 3 Certificate in Counselling or an alternative level 3 qualification, or 60 Access credits. For this counselling programme, students must be a minimum of 18 years old at the point of entry.
Interview Process: All applicants are required to attend a 1-1 interview and workshop. The workshop will include counselling related tasks and a thorough explanation of the course requirements and content.
In line with the widening participation brief and lifelong learning strategy, the Institute will also encourage applications from non-traditional learners who lack formal academic qualifications. All such non-traditional applicants will be interviewed, set a 1000 word essay relevant to counselling and a judgement will be made taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.
What you will learn
Year 1 (Level 4) Certificate Stage
- Person Centred Counselling skills 1
- Person Centred Counselling Skills 2
- Professional and Ethical Issues
- Theories for Counselling
- Personal Development
- Study Skills
Year 2 (Level 5) Foundation Degree Stage
- Advanced Person Centred Counselling Skills in Practice
- Personal Development and Life Transitions
- Contemporary Client Issues
- Research in Counselling
- Therapeutic Models
- Mental Health Awareness
Learning & Teaching Methods
Knowledge and understanding is acquired through a number of methods within counselling. These methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, group work, research activities and other multi-media presentation. There will be a number of enrichment opportunities for students throughout each academic year that will be presented via guest speakers as well as master classes within the University Centre. The use of self-directed study and independent learning will be essential to all levels, with tutors guiding and assisting with this learning, dependent on the level of the student. The use of a VLE will also be used widely to encourage self-directed study and be utilised for independent engagement with students.
Assessment methods utilised during the programme consists of essays, reflections, group and individual presentations and seminars, portfolios, recorded skills sessions, case studies, reports, and multi-disciplinary team meeting.
Students will gain skills in study and research, presentation skills, Counselling skills, communication skills, safeguarding skills, time management skills and team working skills. Students will also undertake a combination of academic and experiential learning, which are considered essential attributes for an effective counsellor.
The requirement for Counsellors and Therapists is rising with a growing awareness of mental health issues within society. This Person-Centred Counselling programme of study will equip individuals with a professional base from where to begin their Counselling career.
Additionally, students will have the opportunity to carry out a total of 50 hours placement during the final year of the programme.
To be able to complete placement elements of the programme you will need to have a clear DBS however, a record on your DBS does not mean that you will be unable to undertake the programme, further discussion with the programme team and local employers will be necessary to deem if you are fit to practice.
Upon successful completion of the degree students will be equipped with the confidence, knowledge, skills, and theoretical understanding to be able to put this into practice on a level 6 counselling studies programme; further advance an existing career or utilise the skills and theory learned within a helping environment. Furthermore, students who achieve the FdA Counselling Studies may progress onto level six of the BA Counselling Studies or alternative top up courses.