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Degree Level Course Details

Counselling Foundation Degree FdSc - full-time - 2019:20

Location:  Guildford College
UCAS Code:  B941
Year:  2019:20
Duration:  2 Years
FT/PT:  Full-Time 
Awarding Body:  University of Greenwich
Level: 4 (Year 1), 5 (Year 2)
Tuition Fees: £ 7974 per academic year
Awarding Body Fee: £ 0
 Applications for full time Degree Level courses must go through UCAS until 30th June
10/09/2019Places Available
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Content / Overview

This programme focuses on the therapeutic relationship as the main catalyst to healing, wellbeing, growth and development with an emphasis on the use of the counsellor’s self and of the client-counsellor relationship in the therapeutic work. A key theme is the development of trainee’s self-awareness and impact of self on others, and bringing that awareness into the ‘here and now’ within the client-counsellor relationship.

The programme provides a unique learning opportunity to enhance skills, increase knowledge, develop understanding and prepare you for employment in the counselling profession (paid employment or private practice) and for membership of BACP.


Course Modules

Year 1 (120 credits):

  • Academic and personal development (15 credits) – development of transferable higher order critical thinking and reflective skills, as related to employability
  • Theory and practice (30 credits) - Humanistic theories and Clarkson relational model; creative and experimental practices as informed by theory; development of core model; consolidation of theory
  • Personal development (15 credits) - deeper awareness of self, other and relationships
  • Contemporary issues (30 credits) - aspects of professional practice and developments in the subject area
  • Work-based learning (30 credits) - clinical placement

Year 2 (120 credits):

  • Introduction to research (15 credits) - appreciation of research design and methodology
  • Theory and practice (30 credits) – further integration of creative and experimental practices as informed by theory and other comparative approaches  
  • Personal development (15 credits) – progressively deeper awareness and attention of self, other and relationships
  • Contemporary issues (30 credits) - furthering professional practice and embedding current developments in the field of counselling
  • Work-based learning (30 credits) – continuation of clinical placement

Why Study Here

  • The programme which is franchised and delivered on behalf of University of Greenwich, is BACP accredited and prepares you to work with adult clients.
  • Clinical hours accrued as a result of clinical placement(s) can be counted toward BACP accreditation hours
  • Graduates can apply for individual accreditation with the BACP after additional supervised practice hours, post-programme. As this is a BACP accredited programme, graduates can enter the BACP Voluntary Register on completion of the programme, subject to their membership of the BACP.
  • Lecturers are all current active practitioners with a wealth of experience in a variety of settings. Their training will be minimum Masters level and all are qualified teachers (or in the process of completing PGCE qualification).
  • Establish effective therapeutic relationships with clients and work with a broad variety of issues in a safe and effective way

Application Process

Apply online through UCAS at

Entry Requirements

Evidence of counselling training to Level 3 (minimum of 120 hours successful training in counselling skills and theory) as well as appropriate life experience and interest in working with people. You will also need GCSE English Language grade C or equivalent and be at least 21 years old. You will be considered on individual merit and evidence of work experience/voluntary work in a counselling or related setting will be an advantage. You need to be in personal therapy by the end of Term 1, Year 1 (60 hours over the whole two-year programme). You will need to be in clinical placement by the early part of Term 1 to enable you to gain 100 client hours which will be externally supervised in addition to internal supervision given at College. You will also need to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) Group and individual interviews take place February-August and last approximately 2 hours.

Knowledge & Understanding

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:
  • Integrate the philosophy, theory and practice of the Integrative Humanistic strands or Clarkson 5-relational integrative model into a coherent workable approach
  • Work with either the humanistic or Clarkson 5- relational model,  to understand the client’s way of being and presenting issues, together with an appreciation of the counselling process
  • Demonstrate an understanding of key issues in time-limited and long-term counselling
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues and dilemmas when working with clients
  • Demonstrate an awareness of other models and the similarities and differences with the core theoretical model
  • Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of mental health
  • Demonstrate the challenging issues within adherence to equality and diversity
  • Demonstrate reflective practice, in action
  • Evidence research design/methodologies, processes of data collection and ways to analyse a research report
  • Demonstrate an analytical understanding of the social and professional context of counselling.

Cognitive (Thinking) Skills

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:
  • Integrate key concepts of the Integrative Humanistic or Clarkson 5 relational model into a coherent approach
  • Evaluate own and colleagues’ counselling practice, personal and professional development
  • Apply theory to practice when working with external clients in a coherent, integrated manner
  • Analyse and resolve ethical dilemmas in own practice using BACP Ethical Framework and Supervision.

Practical Skills

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:
  • Use a wide variety of advanced counselling skills effectively and appropriately with individual clients within a range of settings
  • Act autonomously and ethically in placement within BACP guidelines and with supervision support
  • To prepare for and utilise supervision sessions appropriately and effectively
  • Work effectively with a range of client issues, including the management of client work within an agency setting
  • Negotiate a contract for the provision of counselling.

Transferable (Key) Skills

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:
  • Interact effectively and responsibly with others in a variety of group settings, giving and receiving feedback and making changes appropriately
  • Manage own learning and course work with support and supervision
  • Evaluate own strengths and weakness and receive feedback appropriately
  • Research, collate and manage information for individual presentations using a range of learning resources
  • Take responsibility for own learning with minimal direction
  • Communicate effectively in individual presentations and work with peers, tutors, clients and supervisors
  • Apply guidelines to solve ethical problems and dilemmas.


Lectures and seminars are offered in each subject and you will also have regular tutorial contact and progress reviews. You will be assessed through written assignments, practical observations (tutor, peer and self-reflection), theory assignments, learning portfolios, presentations, case studies, work with audio/video transcripts, blogs and media presentations.

Further Studies

Top up to a degree in one year on the Counselling BA Hons at the College, following successful completion of the foundation degree, to expand your understanding of counselling practices or apply for alternative degrees at related institutions.


Become a practising counsellor in counselling centres, agencies, surgeries, hospitals, schools, businesses and private practices or related fields.

Additional Information

This programme is franchised from the University of Greenwich but fees are payable direct to Guildford College. In addition, applicants who are applying for a student loan need to put the University of Greenwich as the institution and Guildford College as the campus. The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be undertaken as part of the routine recruitment process.

In terms of material fees, please note the following approximate costs over 2 years:
  • BACP student membership £74 x 2
  • Supervision at clinical placement may be free for certain agencies but could cost £40 per hour for approx 30 hours
  • Personal therapy £35 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.
Please note:
BACP offer help with programme fees to anyone who has been accepted on to a BACP Accredited Course. The bursary is for £500 and they offer 60 each year. The guidelines and application for bursaries can be found on the BACP website/Bursary Guidelines and Application. The academic regulations for this programme can be found on the University’s website
Terms and conditions for enrolment can be found on our website

All students aged 19 years or over on 1 September in the first year of their course are expected to pay tuition, registration, exam fees and all other course related costs. Some assistance with these costs may be available depending on your circumstances and the latest government funding position.

There are normally no tuition, registration or examination fees to pay if you are aged 16-18 on 1 September in the first year of your course and are a British or European Union resident. This does not apply to HNCs/Ds, Foundation Degrees, Degrees or courses that do not attract government funding (identified as 'no fee remission available on this course').


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