Therapeutic Counselling at Gloucestershire College - UCAS

Gloucestershire College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Gloucestershire

Therapeutic Counselling

Course summary

Foundation Degree level courses are available for those candidates who wish to progress to professional qualifications. Successful completion of this course will enable you to provide a therapeutic counselling service within the context of an agency's service framework. You will explore psychodynamic and person-centred approaches within a framework of Clarkson’s 5 facets of the therapeutic relationship. By the end of the course students will be able to demonstrate that they can work safely, ethically and professionally with clients presenting with a range of problems. Theory This is comprised of a programme of seminars developing understanding of the self, personal history and interpersonal relating within both Person-Centred and Psychodynamic theory Professional Framework A programme of seminars designed to equip students with the knowledge of practice issues. Seminars will be mainly tutor-led and will involve discussion of typical practice issues. Skills Development A series of practice sessions aimed at helping students develop their ability to work with clients. A variety of skills exercises are used including whole group work, pairs work and work in triads (Year 1). Casework Discussion Working in groups, students will take turns to present actual client work. The objective is to enable students to integrate theory, self-awareness and skills into ethical and professional practice (Year 2). Common Presenting Issues There will be a number of sessions where you will explore working with people with specific issues such as bereavement, abuse issues etc. Personal Development Fortnightly Personal Development Group and weekly Learning Journal entries. Students also attend personal therapy and a residential weekend. Study Skills (Y1) and Advanced Study Skills (Y2) Study Skills supports students in all aspects of producing academic work at L4 & L5. Advanced Study Skills (Y2) introduces FDA students to the basics of academic research and is not compulsory for Diploma students. In addition to the College fees there are other costs to be considered including:

  • Personal therapy (typically £45 per session)
  • Supervision: most agencies provide supervision but occasionally students either supplement existing supervision, with the agreement of the agency, or organise supervision privately at around £45 per hour
  • Books, photocopying, travel, childcare, etc.


Modules covered in Year 1

  • Introduction to the Theory of Person-Centred Counselling.
  • Introduction to the Theory of Psychodynamic Counselling.
  • Working Professionally as a Counsellor
  • Introduction to Counselling Practice
  • Self-Development for Counsellors
  • Study Skills
Modules covered in Year 1
  • Integrative Practice for Counsellors
  • Client Issues in Counselling
  • Developing a Professional Approach to Counselling
  • Work based Learning for Counsellors
  • Reflective Self-development for Counsellors
- Advanced Study Skills

Assessment method

As well as seminars on theory, professional practice and mental health, you will be helped to develop your counselling skills in role plays prior to starting a placement in a counselling agency. In addition to a variety of academic assessments, you also need to complete 110 hours of supervised voluntary client work in your agency and 40 hours of personal therapy during the two years of this course.

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

Both CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills and CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies are required. Equivalent non CPACB qualifications and training will be considered. The CPCAB courses each have 90 guided learning hours including a substantial element of skills practices. It is the candidates' responsibility to demonstrate that their training/qualification is equivalent to the entry requirements.

Additional entry requirements


Attendance is required at a briefing and interview which is normally held in March


You will be required to have English at GCSE grade C or above. An equivalent English Language qualification will be required for non English speaking students.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2
IELTS (Academic)5.5Across all skills.

To study Higher Education at Gloucestershire College, normally applicants will be required to have GCSE English and Mathematics grade 4 (C) or above (or equivalent). The College will consider Functional Skills Qualification in English and Maths at Level 2. The ability to demonstrate the required level of proficiency in English and Maths, through an appropriate assessment at the College’s discretion may be considered. All decisions are based on an applicant's individual circumstances and the College will approach each application on a case by case basis.

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £7700 Year 1
England £7700 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7700 Year 1
Scotland £7700 Year 1
Wales £7700 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Therapeutic Counselling at Gloucestershire College - UCAS