The Foundation Degree programme is designed to provide an academic pathway for individuals aspiring to work within the field of counselling, across the private, voluntary, independent and statutory sectors. The programme has been developed in response to continuing demand for mental health services in the region. The award reflects contemporary applications of humanistic counselling modalities applicable to a range of professional settings and equips the practitioner with the knowledge and skills recommended for best practice. The educational focus of the programme involves students building on existing knowledge and skills to enable their professional and academic development, and supports the concept of lifelong learning and continuing professional development. There is also a clear work-related element that reflects the need to apply knowledge and skills within the workplace and to reflect in detail on theory and practice in supervision. This will not only provide students with valuable work-related experience but also greatly enhance their employability on completion of the programme.
Level 4: Theory of Person-Centred Counselling Self-Awareness for Counsellors Counselling Skills Preparation for Work Practice Ethics and Legal Principles within Counselling Professional and Academic Development Level 5: Advanced Theory of Person- Centred Counselling Advanced Self- Awareness for Counsellors Advanced Counselling Skills Work Placement Research & Evidence Based Practice in Counselling Advanced Ethics and Legal Principles within Counselling
Level 4: 100% Coursework, including written, discussions and presentations Level 5: 100% Coursework including written, discussions and presentations
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Academic requirements: Entry at Level 4 Level 3 Certificate in Counselling skills or other level 3 relevant subject or equivalent. Good level of spoken or written English Successful applicants will need a satisfactory current enhanced DBS All candidates will be invited in for a formal interview and will need to complete an assessment task – skills demonstration and reflective writing activity Recognition of prior learning (RPL) will be accepted in line with the University policy and procedures. Direct entry onto level 5 of the Foundation Degree: Successfully completed a level 4 Therapeutic Counselling or equivalent Good level of spoken or written English Successfully applicants will need a satisfactory current enhanced DBS All candidates will be invited in for a formal interview and will need to complete an assessment task – skills demonstration and reflective writing activity Recognition of prior learning (RPL) will be accepted in line with the University policy and procedures. This will mean that RPL paperwork will need to be completed and approved by an RPL panel. Non tradition entry route. All candidates who do not meet the standard entry requirement will be invited in for an interview and will be required to complete a written essay and carry out an individual presentation, to assess their suitability for the programme. We understand that not all applicants may have these and encourage you to contact us to discuss further options available.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£8000||Year 1|