FdA Counselling Studies (subject to revalidation)

Health, Public Services and Care

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What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Counselling Studies - FdA
Code H1137 B941
Qualification Type Undergraduate Qualification
Qualification Level Level 5
Course type Full Time


The FdA Counselling Studies programme is ideal for anyone working within the healthcare sector who would like to gain further insight into therapeutic intervention. The course focuses heavily on personal development which enables greater self-awareness and self-acceptance, preparing individuals for client work. Alternatively, this programme would also suit someone who would like to gain experience in this sector to help develop career opportunities.

This foundation degree will provide a challenging and high quality academic grounding for future counselling practitioners. It seeks to do this by encouraging students to develop the integration of academic skills, counselling skills and competencies, and knowledge required by those working in areas of the counselling profession. Students will develop an understanding of therapeutic models of counselling practice, the influence of other subject disciplines, such as psychology and mental health, an awareness of key client issues such as addictions, abuse and eating disorders and an understanding of how culture and diversity impact on the counselling role and relationship. It will further empower students through a process of personal development to become autonomous practitioners aligned with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework, taking into consideration issues such as confidentiality, record keeping, insurance and contracting.

This Foundation degree can be topped up to a BA at the University Centre Grimsby with a Top up year in either Counselling Theory or Counselling - more information about these courses are on the website  https://grimsby.ac.uk/higher-education-courses/?fwp_search_he_course=counselling    

Applications should be made through UCAS https://digital.ucas.com/coursedisplay/courses/2fa1149c-8900-4459-86f7-203e7da04c4e?academicYearId=202 - using the code B941 for this foundation degree.  


The definitive feature of this programme is underpinned by the integration of knowledge and understanding with experiential learning, in order to encourage student competency within counselling practice. The programme seeks to provide a firm foundation for knowledge, skill and self-development and an interchange between classroom learning and placement experience. Thus, specially designed counselling rooms are provided to recreate a counselling environment. Furthermore, this programme will employ the use of counselling tutors/facilitators who hold registered membership of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Counselling Professionals, have the necessary skills, qualifications, and experience, and engage in one to one supervision to maintain their own counselling casework.

A particular emphasis which underpins the programme and is critical to the field of counselling is the acknowledgement of boundaries, confidentiality, professional practice, and self-care. Therefore, in order to help trainee counsellors separate their own issues from the client it is mandatory that through the duration of this programme, students maintain responsibility for engagement in and payment of personal therapy to a minimum of 20 hours over the two years, as an independent, self-managed process. The cost of personal therapy costs between £20 and £50 per hour.

Work related learning in the programme consists of live situations embedded into learning and teaching. Within the work-related learning module, students will be expected to complete 50 hours within a work-related placement, which must be completed within stages throughout the programme and present a signed log of hours at the end of level 5. Students will require a DBS which currently costs £44.

How will it be delivered?

Year 1 (Level 4) Certificate Stage

Person Centred Counselling skills 1

Person Centred Counselling Skills 2

Professional and Ethical Issues

Theories for Counselling

Personal Development

Study Skills

Year 2 (Level 5) Foundation Degree Stage

Advanced Person Centred Counselling Skills in Practice

Personal Development and Life Transitions

Contemporary Client Issues

Research in Counselling

Therapeutic Models

Mental Health Awareness

Assessment methods utilised during the programme consists of essays, reflections, group, individual and poster presentations; seminars, portfolios, recorded skills sessions, case studies, reports, and multi-disciplinary team meeting 

Entry requirements

The ‘standard’ requirement is 96 UCAS points from A levels; a level 3 Certificate in Counselling or an alternative level 3 qualification, or 60 Access credits. For this counselling programme, students must be a minimum of 18 years old at the point of entry.

Interview Process: All applicants are required to attend a 1-1 interview and workshop. The workshop will include counselling related tasks and a thorough explanation of the course requirements and content.

The Institute will also encourage applications from non-traditional learners who lack formal academic qualifications. All such non-traditional applicants will be interviewed, set a 1000 word essay relevant to counselling and a judgement will be made taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.

Your next steps...

Upon successful completion of the degree students will be equipped with the confidence, knowledge, skills, and theoretical understanding to be able to put this into practice on a level 6 counselling studies programme; further advance an existing career or utilise the skills and theory learned within a helping environment. Furthermore, students who achieve the FdA Counselling Studies may progress onto level 6 of the BA Counselling Studies or alternative top up courses.