Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Skills at University Campus Oldham - UCAS

University Campus Oldham

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Sheffield Hallam University

Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Skills

Course summary

This course offers the opportunity to develop wide-ranging skills in counselling, which will support students in working towards meeting the requirements of professional registration post-qualification. The Foundation Degree also provides an opportunity to advance to Level 6, furthering education and skills by progressing onto the BSc (Hons) top-up at University Campus Oldham. The course is structured around modules that deliver professional training components. This allows students to broaden and deepen their understanding of counselling-related issues. Students will develop their competence in working with the person-centred counselling approach. A wide range of professional skills, including communication, reflective practice, self-awareness, research skills, and other therapeutic models including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) will be developed and enhanced. External individual supervision by an appropriately qualified and experienced professional as part of the required placement will further develop understanding and skills of personal and professional reflection and development by working on a voluntary basis in a real-world counselling setting.


All of the modules on the FdSc Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Skills are compulsory. The Foundation Degree does not include any elective modules, therefore for students to successfully complete the course, completion of all modules is required. • Academic Development and Personal Reflection This module is designed to support students to make the transition to the requirements and expectations of independent academic study in Higher Education and begin to develop the skill sets required for the professional environment. • Introduction to Person-Centred Counselling The module will provide students with an initial understanding and knowledge of a classical, Rogerian person-centred approach to therapeutic counselling and the potential to develop person-centred attitudes, abilities and communication skills. The module is primarily experiential, providing opportunities for students to increase their awareness of self and others through reflective processes and group work. • Introduction to Mental Health and other Therapeutic Approaches and Interventions The module will give students a wider understanding and knowledge of different therapeutic approaches, which will broaden job opportunities. Additionally, it will give the student a basic knowledge of mental health conditions they may work with as a counsellor. • Professional Practice and Ethics This module will allow students to work through the BACP Ethical Framework to gain the knowledge and understanding of the main principles it projects. They will also be able to use this knowledge as part of their practical-based module when practising counselling skills with other students, before seeing clients. • Practical Demonstrations of Core Conditions and Personal Development (Placement Preparation) The aim of this module is for students to gain experience in practicing their therapeutic skills, using the core conditions with peers. This will prepare students to be signed-off ready for their placement where they will be working with real clients. This module will also aim to increase students’ self-awareness and reflective practice through written work.

Assessment method

The modules have been developed collectively by the experienced staff in both counselling, psychotherapy and education, to ensure that there is close integration between the modules and a sense of a progression, in terms of the accumulation of knowledge and skills development. Ensuring that students are well equipped for the world of work, our aim is to provide a high quality and comprehensive learning environment for all of our students so that they can each achieve their full potential. We use a wide range of learning methods, for example, lectures, seminars, workshops, practical classes, small group and individual tutorials and reflective activities incorporated into a blended learning approach, to ensure that all students can contribute significantly to and benefit from the learning community. Assessments may take various forms and could include essays, presentations, reflections on learning, practical demonstrations, practising skills with other students and portfolios.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE Grade C/4 English or equivalent Level 2 qualification. GCSE Maths grade C/4 is desirable. Completion of a Level 3 Counselling Certificate or equivalent is desirable.

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Additional entry requirements


English language requirements

Where English is not an applicant’s first language, they will be expected to possess an IELTS band score of 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any one element) or a recognised English language Level 2 qualification. Alternatively, they may complete the College’s English diagnostic assessment.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £7500 Year 1
England £7500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7500 Year 1
Scotland £7500 Year 1
Wales £7500 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

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Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Skills at University Campus Oldham - UCAS