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Mode of study HE Part-time
Duration 2 Years
Start date September 2020
Tuition Fee £6,500 Tuition fees stated are the annual cost
Course code PLR5FCT001 (2022)
Runs on Thursday
  • Entry Requirements

    Course Specification

    You must have completed a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling to apply. You will also need to supply the names of two referees, one from an academic source. Every applicant is invited to an interview to assess their suitability for the course. At interview you will need to declare and discuss previous convictions, reprimands, cautions or final warnings. A satisfactory DBS will need to be obtained to enable you to undertake your placement, which is a requirement of the course.

    Entry requirements include passes at GCSE for English and Maths at grade 4 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.

  • What does the course involve?

    The 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.

    The Foundation Degree comprises the following modules, at Level Four and Level Five:

    • 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

    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.

    You will need to undertake a 100 hour placement as part of the course.

    This course is awarded by Staffordshire University and further information is available in the attached course specification.

  • How is the course assessed?

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

  • How much does it cost?

    The tuition fee is the cost for each year of the course, you can apply for a part time student loan.

    Additional costs:

    To undertake your placement you will need to obtain a DBS and receive monthly supervision, these may attract a personal cost depending on the organisation you obtain a placement with.

    20 hours Personal Therapy over the two years

    Membership of the BACP as a student

  • Additional Notes

    Successful completion can be used as evidence towards applying for full membership of BACP and NCS accreditations and could lead on to further professional development in counselling e.g. Masters.

    Please note an interview day for this course will take place on the 16th May 2020.

  • What do I do next?

    To join this course you will first have to register with UCAS at and then apply through UCAS. (Choose: Sign In–Students–Undergraduate–Apply–Register and follow the instructions.) You will then receive a confirmation email from UCAS and the College will be in contact with an interview date. Current Shrewsbury Colleges Group students should seek support from their tutor before applying.


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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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