University Centre Grimsby

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: TEC Partnership

Counselling Studies

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Course summary

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 along with 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.      Students will develop a firm 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 to become future 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.       A particular emphasis, critical to the field of counselling, is the acknowledgement of boundaries, confidentiality, professional practice, and self-care. It is therefore mandatory that students engage in at least 20 hours of self-funded personal therapy over the two years, as an independent, self-managed process.      Upon successful completion of the degree, students will be equipped with a Foundation Degree including the confidence, knowledge, skills, and theoretical understanding to be able to put these into practice to further advance their career.    Students who achieve the FdA Counselling Studies may progress onto the BA Counselling Top Up, to qualify as practicing counsellors. Alternatively, students may choose the BA Counselling Theory Top Up, or other top-up courses, to lead them on various career pathways in the field.    Specifically designed rooms are provided to recreate the counselling environment supporting the development of skills. Furthermore, the programme employs BA/MA qualified, practicing Person Centred Counsellors who hold a registered membership to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and practice in adherence to their Ethical Framework. This ensures the embedding of current knowledge/experience into the teaching of modules and counselling skills within this degree. Students have the opportunity to engage in work- related placement during level 5 of the foundation degree. This consists of work within the community in a support, care or befriending roles. This experience will support students in enhancing their theoretical, communication and interpersonal skills and professional ethical standards, which they have learnt by enabling them to put these into practice. Furthermore, students will gain an understanding of working with individual human experiences, support organisations, multi-disciplinary teams and practitioner roles. 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.

Course details


Each year is comprised of six modules (of 20 credits each), these can either run for a single trimester or over 3 trimesters. Modules use a variety of teaching and learning methods to engage students and enhancing learning. Level 4 Person Centred Counselling Skills 1, Person Centred Counselling Skills 2, Personal Development, Professional and Ethical Issues, Theories for Counselling and Study Skills. Level 5 Advanced Person-Centred Counselling Skills in Practice, Personal Development and Life Transitions, Contemporary client issues, Research in Counselling, Therapeutic Models and Mental Health Awareness.

Assessment method

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.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

TEC Partnership recognises a wide range of entry qualifications as being equivalent to A’ level standard; if students hold a qualification not listed above please contact TEC Partnership's admissions team on +44 (0) 1472 311222 ext 434. International students must evidence they possess a satisfactory command of English language in terms of reading, writing, listening and are expected to have achieved Level B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR), as defined by UK Visas and Immigration.

Entry requirements

Qualification 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 you 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. Accreditation of prior learning Applicants may be admitted with credit for prior certificated learning (APcL) or work/life experience or other uncertificated learning (APeL) – refer to the Higher Education Quality Handbook.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £8500 Year 1
Channel Islands £8500 Year 1
England £8500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8500 Year 1
Scotland £8500 Year 1
Wales £8500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Accommodation costs are £85-105 per week. DBS £44
Counselling Studies at University Centre Grimsby - UCAS