Warwickshire College Group has opted into the TEF and received a Bronze award.
Counselling as a profession has been rising in profile for the past 20 years in the UK and is now an accepted and expected part of health services. Government initiatives, both to increase the availability of counselling as a treatment (Increasing Availability of Psychological Therapies) and also to increase public safety for those accessing counselling intervention (Regulation of Counselling & Psychotherapy), have propelled counselling into public awareness and increased its attractiveness as a profession.
This course has been designed to meet professional guidelines set out by the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and will cover topics such as Ethics, the Law and Cultural Competence, Mental Health and Well-Being; including issues relating to loss and grief and psychopharmacology. Accordingly, all students will be required to undertake extensive work-based learning which will provide you with an appreciation of issues in ethical practice towards the physical, emotional and mental safety of both client and counsellor/therapist in the counselling and therapy profession.
Work-based learning is also designed to help develop the student's abilities in the establishment and maintenance of a productive therapeutic alliance, as well as developing students abilities to make informed decisions in the counselling and therapy profession.
As part of the programme of study students will have the opportunity to explore different models of Counselling Theory. This will enable students to make an informed choice of pathway which includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or a Person Centred Approach. Upon successful completion of the Foundation degree, graduates will be able to apply for membership of BACP.
Year 1 modules include:
Modality in Counselling: CBT,
Personal and Professional Development 1,
Ethics, Law and Cultural Competence,
Counselling Children and Young People,
ASSET (academic study skills and employability).
Year 2 modules:
Introduction to Counselling Research,
Personal and Professional Development 2,
Advanced Modality: CBT,
Mental Health and Wellbeing.
A wide range of assessment methods have been devised to test a range of student skills. Assessment types include seminar papers, tests, reports, presentations and examinations (including practical examinations).
How to apply
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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!
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||4 GCSEs at Grade C or above (including Maths and English)|
The Specific qualification of Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills (or equivalent) is essential.
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
Also ISA Registered - The ISA/DBS Scheme is currently under review by the Government. Elements of practice (client counselling hours) will NOT be considered for Recognition of Prior Learning. Students may only count client counselling hours (150) and non-counselling work based learning hours (50) once they are enrolled on the course.
Each applicant will be assessed at interview to establish that the course is of benefit to them and to emphasise the requirement for work-based learning. The interview process will include questions to assess candidates' personal readiness for undertaking a course such as this: self-awareness, insight into motives for taking the course, robustness to meet the emotional demands of the course.
Experiential entry route - We are happy to consider candidates from all adult age groups including those who are making a career change. Applicants who do not meet the example entry requirements above may be considered for the course, where they can demonstrate that they have the capacity and ability to benefit from the programme of study. Such applicants should provide full details of their relevant training and experience including, preferably, a reference from a recent employer and the most recent tutor.
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£7,975||Year 1|