Counselling at Activate Learning - UCAS

Activate Learning

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Middlesex University


Course summary

This programme is quality assured by Middlesex University, and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion. The programme is also accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and delivered at our Guildford College campus., The programme provides a learning opportunity to increase knowledge, develop understanding and prepare you for employment in the counselling profession and for membership of the BACP. The BACP accredited FdSc in Counselling provides a coherent programme of study which offers you a rigorous grounding in counselling theory, together with a sound knowledge of the BACP framework and contemporary issues which impact on counselling practice. It aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of theoretical models or modalities through adopting an integrative approach to counselling and in doing so, prepares you to establish an effective therapeutic relationship with your clients. The FdSc will promote your capacity for self-exploration and appraisal, facilitating personal development and awareness, pertinent to your role as a counsellor. Graduates from this programme will be well-equipped to take up a range of posts within the counselling profession, such as in organisations or private practice, or to undertake further study e.g., BSc/BA (Hons) or specialist training in the field e.g., CBT training. In addition to meeting the academic requirements of the programme, the FdSc requires you to be active in a suitable clinical placement, in which your understanding of counselling practice will be refined. As a routine aspect of going about your daily practice, you will face unfamiliar and unprecedented situations, therefore you will be helped to understand how to work through such problems largely independently while also knowing how to take full advantage of professional supervisory support. During your FdSc studies, you must complete a minimum of 100 hours supervised counselling with suitable clients. A minimum of 50% of these hours must be completed in one-to-one counselling sessions with adults in a suitably organised placement. The balance may be declared from work with minors (children or adolescents over the age of 16 but under the age of 18 years, at the time the work commences). The balanced protection of the clinical needs of potentially vulnerable adults or minors and the developmental needs of the student counsellor in training is central to the decision-making process, which we strive to undertake transparently and collaboratively Lecturers are all current active practitioners with a wealth of experience in a variety of settings. Their training will be minimum Bachelors level and all are qualified teachers (or in the process of completing a teaching qualification) and are actively engaged in continuous professional development. Many of the staff are accredited BACP members or equivalent.


The programme is delivered over two years with five modules in each year: Year 1. • Academic Skills for Counsellors • Clinical Practice for Counsellors • Foundations of Integrative Theory and Practice • Personal Development for Counsellors • Introduction to Professional Practice for Counsellors Year 2. • Enhancing Clinical Practice • Embedding Integrative Theory into Practice • The Counselling Relationship and Use of Self • Working within a Professional Framework • Introduction to the Research Process

Assessment method

Lectures and seminars are offered in each module, and you will also have regular tutorial contact and progress reviews. A wide variety of assessment methods are employed on the programme to develop students’ academic and vocational knowledge and skills, including case discussions, essays, reflective journals, and supervision reports

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

Entry criteria for the programme will normally be a minimum of 1 full ‘A’ Level or equivalent, although consideration will be given to applicants who have already been working or have other relevant learning experience which could count towards the entry requirements. In addition to this, one of the following will also be required: • Achievement of a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling: Theory and Skills (minimum 120 hours tuition), or • NCFE: external exam in a related subject, or • Access to Counselling: at least 12 credits at merit level In addition, successful applicants will be required to have English Language and Maths GCSE Grade 4 – 9 (C – A). You will also need to obtain or be in possession of an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Evidence of commitment to be in personal therapy for the duration of the two-year programme, which will be an additional cost for the student. Students will be considered on individual merit at interview and evidence of work experience/voluntary work in a counselling or related setting is advantageous. Applicants will be assessed on their potential to meet the expectations of the counselling profession, in conjunction with meeting the academic, professional, ethical, and personal requirements demanded of a practitioner. Every FdSc student is required to be in a suitable counselling placement by the start of year two (Level 5) in which they will develop their clinical skills and encounter situations that foster greater appreciation of the value of counselling theory

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8000* Year 1
Northern Ireland £8000* Year 1
Scotland £8000* Year 1
Wales £8000* Year 1
Channel Islands £8000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

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

Please note: Tuition fees are published for the first year of entry only and may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by the Office for Students. Please note the following approximate costs over 2 years: • BACP student membership £82 x 2 (subject to change) • Supervision at clinical placement may be free for certain agencies but could cost £50 per hour for approx 30 hours • Personal therapy from c.£30 - £60 per hour for 60 hours • Indemnity Insurance may be free for certain agencies but could cost on average £50 in total • Travel expenses to/from placement, therapy, and supervision venues • Books, workshops, or seminars would also be an additional cost, as would any IT or stationery costs.

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Guildford College
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Clearing contact details

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Counselling at Activate Learning - UCAS