Teesside University, Middlesbrough

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Teesside University


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Course summary

TEF Silver

Teesside University, Middlesbrough has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.

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Location: This is an award of Teesside University delivered in partnership with Stockton Riverside College. Course overview: Our FdA Counselling course provides professional training and equips you with a sound theoretical framework and the practitioner skills required to work safely and effectively as a counsellor. The programme adopts a personal-centred approach with aspects of psychodynamic and cognitive behaviour therapy explored as comparative approaches. You are required to undertake a minimum of 100 hours of supervised clinical practice with a recognised counselling agency, and undertake a minimum of 20 hours (10 hours in each year) of personal therapy. You are expected to attend two mandatory weekend workshops each year, for which there is a fee.

Course details

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeC894
Institution code T20
Campus nameStockton Riverside College
Campus code3

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information

Level 3 (QCF) achievement or equivalent in Counselling. Prospective students who have had a minimum of two years’ counselling experience within a counselling agency, supported by agency/work-based or subject-specific training and mentoring will be considered as suitable candidates for the Foundation Degree in Counselling following a successful interview. It is a requirement of the course that you complete 100 practice hours in a supervised placement setting by the end of the second year of the Foundation Degree. You are also required to undertake 20 hours of personal therapy during the course (i.e. 10 hours for each year of the course), which will cost approximately £30 per session. Due to the nature of the programme you will need to provide written references from two sources to demonstrate your appropriateness to undertake professional counselling training and your ability to cope with the academic requirements. You will be asked to declare any criminal convictions and be aware that DBS enhanced checks for regulated activity (formerly CRB checks) will be carried out prior to you undertaking clinical practice. Suitable candidates will be selected and invited for interview. The interview process will evaluate your suitability for the programme.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £6150 Year 1
England £6150 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6150 Year 1
Scotland £6150 Year 1
Wales £6150 Year 1

Additional fee information

Find out more about fees and funding if you are from the UK/EU here: tees.ac.uk/fees. If you live in the Channel Islands or Isle of Man contact your education office: gov.uk/student-finance.
Counselling at Teesside University, Middlesbrough - UCAS