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FdA Counselling

Course Overview

The Foundation Degree in Counselling is a specialist work-related programme of study. This programme will provide students with the appropriate knowledge and understanding necessary for them to work and demonstrate skills required within a counselling environment. This will involve students developing a range of cognitive, professional, practical and transferable skills not only allowing them to become reflective practitioners, but also to understand and apply the principles of evidence based practice.
In the first year, the programme provides support in study skills to support you in working at the higher level. It explores aspects of humanistic theories and provides opportunity to practice the development of skills. There is also changing landscapes, which looks at new developments in counselling.
The second year of the programme explores cognitive behavioural therapies (CBT). There is the opportunity to study in greater depth emerging specialisms and cultural issues. The developing resilience module will assist students with personal development, managing the rigours of professional practice and develop employability skills. Preparation for further study is provided as part of a module titled research in counselling. The programme adopts a flexible structure providing a practical and academic challenge within the framework of current industrial practices in counselling through participation in personal and professional development.
The programme includes skills practice, personal development, group work and supervised counselling in an agency setting, supported by theory sessions, workshops, tutorials and academic study.

This programme is validated by The University of Hull.

Year 1 Modules (Level 4):
• Study Skills
• Humanistic Theory and Therapy
• Skills in Practice (Humanistic)
• Changing Landscapes
• Ethical Issues in Practice
• Personal and Professional Development I

Year 2 Modules (Level 5):
• CBT Theory and Therapy
• Skills in Practice (CBT)
• Developing Resilience
• Cultural Issues
• Research in Counselling
• Personal and Professional Development II

We have a long-standing success rate with students who have been out of full-time education for some years, who may enter without holding the formal requirements. Work, family and life experiences develop skills which can be built on to achieve formal qualifications.

Students may decide to apply and progress to the final year of the BA (Hons) Counselling (top-up) here at North Lindsey College or Counselling Studies at a selected university. The programme team will be able to support individuals with this transition.

This programme is continuously assessed using a range of methods including case studies, presentations, observations of practice, reports, essays, podcasts, presenting posters and reflective journals. There are no examinations included as part of this programme.

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    • Course Title

      FdA Counselling

    • Start Date


    • Full Time – Typically Sept-Jun delivery

    • Enquire Now