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Mode of study HE Part Time
Duration 2 Years
Campus London Road Campus
Start date 12 September 2019 Please note that day of week is just an indication at this stage and could be subject to change
Tuition Fee £5,940 Tuition fees stated are the annual cost
Course code PLR5FCT001 (1921)
  • Who is it for?

    Course Specification

    This course is designed to meet the evolving markets and increasing uptake of the listening therapies across a breadth of employment areas such as education, medicine, the care sector, management and human resources. High quality training, grounded in the Humanistic approach provides the opportunity for students from a wide range of backgrounds to develop their counselling knowledge, skills and professional practice in readiness for practise in a variety of settings. The supervised practice hours associated with this qualification can be included towards BACP Accreditation.

    On successful completion of the course you will be a fully qualified practitioner equipped to gain employment as a professional counsellor or to set-up your own private counselling practice. Students who perform at an appropriate level can opt to top up to a full degree at university, or some choose to go directly into employment.

  • Entry Requirements

    Please Note: This course is awarded by Staffordshire University. This course requires you to currently hold a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling. Accreditation may be given for prior learning or relevant work experience for mature learners. Entry requirements include GCSEs for English and maths at grade C or above however equivalent qualifications and/or work experience will be taken into consideration. Applicants without GCSEs will be required to complete initial assessments and may wish to consider the part time GCSE courses that the college offers both during the evening and daytime.

    You will also need to have a satisfactory DBS check and provide two references, one from an academic source.

    If you are applying for a place you need to be aware that you should be willing to discuss previous convictions, reprimands, cautions or final warnings fully at interview. This will allow us to provide you with appropriate information, advice and guidance on an individual basis.

    International Students: You will need to have reached a certain standard of speaking English. Please see our ESOL course.

  • What does the course involve

    The Foundation Degree comprises the following units:

    • Counselling Theory – Person-centred, Gestalt, Existential and CBT
    • Personal Development 1
    • Study Skills for Higher Education
    • Placement Preparation
    • Practice and Development 1
    • Human development
    • Research Methods
    • Personal Development 2
    • Practice and Development 2
    • Working with Loss and Grief
  • How is the course assessed

    Assessment is based on practical and written assignments and placement portfolio.

  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online by clicking on this link where you will need to create an account as a new user. If after reading this fact sheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Advice Events, ring Admissions on 01743 342346 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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This course is awarded by Staffordshire University

Angelique Clarkson

Angelique Clarkson


This course has been great for self-development and the tutors have been extremely supportive. I want to be a substance misuse counsellor and this course will enable to me to get to where I want to be.

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