UoS FdA Degree in Counselling (part time)


The Counselling Foundation Degree has a strong practical focus to ensure students develop the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for a range of careers in this exciting field.

The programme provides both academic understanding and the promotion of good practice. It has been developed as an academic and vocational pathway to degree level studies. The course ties into the growing demand for counsellors to work in the health sector, voluntary sector and in private practice.

Course requirements

Ideally a relevant Level 3 qualification eg. Certificate in Counselling. We would expect students to be in voluntary or paid work as a Counsellor or undertaking (or about to undertake) paid or voluntary work in a setting which will allow you to practice counselling skills.

We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include maths and English or equivalent qualification.

What will I do?

Students will receive a thorough grounding in a core counselling model and will learn how it can be applied to a range of human problems. This core model will be compared and contrasted with several other counselling theoretical perspectives.

Students will practice counselling skills in classroom exercises and reflect on their professional and personal development outside the classroom. They will also explore specialised and controversial issues in counselling and learn to understand, apply and contribute to counselling research


Year 1

  • Personal Development
  • Counselling Skills Practice and Development
  • Professional Issues
  • Core Model of Counselling
  • Comparative Models of Counselling

Year 2

  • Personal Development 2
  • Supervised Counselling Practice
  • Counselling Research
  • Contemporary Issues in Counselling.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, group work and workshops, and you will be assessed through formal written tasks, group presentations, case studies, independent learning and observation.

What will it give me?

Foundation Degree in Counselling

What can I do when I finish?

Careers include: Counsellor, Mental Health Therapist, Self Employed Counsellor or Drugs Worker.

You also have the option to top-up to the final stage of a BA (Hons) Counselling degree at the University of Sunderland.

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