The foundation degree is a two year full-time or three years part-time course, leading to a qualification in therapeutic counselling.
The course is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). As such, this course is monitored by BACP and meets their training standards.
You will need to either complete the foundation degree full-time as well as the BA or complete the foundation degree part-time over three years in order to be on the BACP accredited programme.
The foundation degree is intended for those wishing to qualify as counsellors. You will need to complete 100-150 hours of supervised practice in a suitable counselling placement in order to gain a BACP accredited counselling qualification. Counselling practice needs to be face-to-face counselling with adults (minimum 30%) or children and young people (maximum 70%).
Students are required to have a minimum of 20 hours personal therapy.
The course includes a 60 credit work-based learning module (notionally 600 hours learning).
Students can progress to the BA in counselling.
Students from this course have also gone on to gain employment in different counselling settings such as school-based counselling services and bereavement services as well as working in private practice.
The foundation degree covers four main areas:
Continuous assessment including:
This course requires:
Students who have experienced recent traumas or bereavements, or who are considered by the tutors to be too vulnerable at present may be advised to postpone their entry onto the course. Applicants will need to show evidence of self-awareness and the ability to reflect on life experience as well as have the capacity to cope with the emotional and academic demands of the course
Enhanced DBS - £44
Supervision costs (once in placement) £50-£65 per month (if not provided for free by placements)
Personal therapy - 20 sessions minimum £30 - £40 per session
Away days- two to three over the course at £15 a day
BACP student membership - £75 per annum
Books - the library is well resources and carries the majority of books required for your course, but some students may wish to own copies of core texts.