FdA Counselling Studies

UCAS Code: G80 B941 Credit Level: 5 Credit Value: 240 Course Start Date: September Course Duration: 2 Years Full Time

A challenging and high-quality academic grounding for future counselling practitioners.

FdA Counselling Studies Awarding body

Your Programme

About the FdA Counselling Studies programme

This undergraduate Foundation Degree will provide a challenging and high-quality academic grounding for future counselling practitioners.

It focuses on personal development, enabling greater self-awareness and self-acceptance, as well as person-centred skills, to help prepare the student for client work. The course encourages students to develop the integration of academic skills and counselling skills and competencies.

The course is ideal for aspiring counselling practitioners who are currently working in the healthcare sector, or applicants in search of a change in vocation; particularly those who would like to gain further insight into therapeutic intervention.

Entry Requirements

Standard offer

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. English and Maths at GCSE Grade 4/C or equivalent is required. For this counselling programme, students must be a minimum of 18 years old at the point of entry.

Non-standard offer

Non-standard entry is intended to support students who may not meet the standard academic entry requirements of a HE programme, normally Level 3 qualifications which attract UCAS points (for instance A-levels or BTEC level 3 courses).

In order to qualify through the non-standard route, an applicant must be able to demonstrate recent work/experience in the relevant sector, which would give them skills and knowledge comparable to applicants with Level 3 qualifications.

They may also be asked to prove the skills and knowledge through other means, and may be asked to provide evidence of GCSE Maths or English. These details may differ depending on the course and are explained on our website or UCAS.

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

This course is primarily designed for face-to-face learning, with attendance during lessons for the specified hours within the validation document. However, there may be periods of study where the government advises TEC Partnership that it is not safe to open campuses, or there is limited access due to social distancing measures. If the campus is closed, TEC Partnership will deliver your sessions online and offer you the necessary support and resources remotely. If there is limited access due to social distancing measures a blended model will be adopted, with some lessons taking place in small groups and others using online sessions and support.

At level 4, students are supported to develop their academic skills through a study skills module, which will enable them to be able to complete their assessments to the correct level of academic requirement. Essay and Report writing, presentations using ICT, reflective writing, undertaking secondary research and presenting structured arguments and Harvard referencing will be introduced and assessed. At this level, basic principles of all the concepts within these modules are taught so these can be built upon as students progress to higher levels.

At level 5, students are supported to build upon the academic skills gained at level 4, with a stronger focus on independent research, developing skills further in critical thinking and writing and constructing critical arguments and using wider source material to support their work. Module assessment will be varied to develop and test the students’ academic, problem solving and practice skills at the required level.

Knowledge and understanding is acquired through various methods within this FdA counselling programme. These methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, group work, research activities and other multi-media presentation. There will be various enrichment opportunities for students throughout each academic year, which will be presented via guest speakers, as well as master classes within the University Centre. The development and 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. VLE will also be used widely to encourage self-directed study and be utilised for independent engagement with students.

Intellectual skills are developed during the sessions that students will attend. This would include lectures, seminars, workshops and group activities where students will be encouraged to engage in debates, discussion, evaluation and analysis of their subject area. Study skills and reflective writing guidance will be placed throughout all levels, and in specific modules, where the aim is for students to further develop their intellectual skills to ensure competency in practice.

The programme focuses widely on the practical and professional skills of students, so that it can be assured that they can appropriately practice within areas of counselling in the future. Students will engage in frequent practise counselling sessions during which they will be encouraged to learn, develop and evaluate their own skills in practice. Feedback from counselling professionals and peers will support this.

Students on this programme also have a unique opportunity to develop these skills within the care sector, through their work-related placement. Students will be required to have a mentor in sector, to learn and develop relevant practical and professional skills; this is something implemented throughout all elements of this Foundation Degree.

Furthermore, students regularly engage in personal development focus groups that support and encourage the development of self-awareness, understanding of self and identify areas for development that could impinge on counselling practice.

There are a wide range of transferable skills that students will develop during the course of this programme. These skills are designed to encourage students in a positive and progressive manner in their education and placement. These methods will introduce students to research, time management, presentation skills, ability to work with groups and individually, presentation of self, professional standards and professional qualities when dealing with service users. These methods are embedded into all the modules within this programme, and presented throughout teaching on this programme.

Students will also engage in additional workshops within tutorials that support the advancement of employability searching skills, such as creating a Curriculum Vitae, communicating effectively with organisations via email and interview techniques.

Programme Benefits

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.

What next?

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, or 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 (Hons) Counselling Studies, or alternative top up courses, to lead them on various career pathways in the field.

TEC Partnership is committed to offering a related top-up degree in this subject area which will allow graduates to top up to a full bachelor’s degree. It is likely that the top-up programme will be validated under new TEC Partnership Degree Awarding Powers.