Counselling (R86) at Open University - UCAS

Open University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Open University

Counselling (R86)

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Course summary

This counselling degree offers training to meet SCoPEd framework Therapist A- and B-level competences. If you’re new to counselling, you’ll start with a counselling course delivered by an external provider. You’ll then complete SCoPEd 'Therapist B' level training by studying OU modules and incorporating client hours and practice-based learning. For practitioners who already have SCoPEd ‘Therapist A’ level competences, the qualification allows you to top up and advance directly to SCoPEd ‘Therapist B’ level. No matter your starting point, by the end of the course, which includes the completion of 450 supervised client hours, you’ll have significantly advanced your practice competencies, ready to work with clients with more complex mental health needs. Key features of this course

  • Developed in consultation with counselling awarding bodies
  • Designed to meet 'Therapist B' competencies of the SCoPEd framework
  • Allows you to use counselling training previously completed and continuous professional development experience
  • Choice of specialisms to suit your interests or professional needs
  • Equips you to work with clients needing counselling support and mental health counselling


This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits. At Stage 1, you’ll complete 120 credits of counselling study with an external provider. At Stage 2, you’ll complete a 60-credit OU level 2 module and a 60-credit practice module that allows you to bring in externally completed client and supervision hours. Finally, at Stage 3, you’ll take a 60-credit OU level 3 module and a further 60-credit practice module.

How to apply

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

There are no qualification requirements for this course.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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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 .

Additional fee information

For fees and funding information about this course, please refer to the course description on The Open University website.
Counselling (R86) at Open University - UCAS