PERSON CENTRED COUNSELLING & PSYCHOTHERAPY - FOUNDATION DEGREE

Awarded By: Currently under review
Duration: 2 years full-time
Levels: Level 4, Level 5
Last Updated: 23-02-21

With a focus on the person centred model of counselling, this programme will enhance your existing skills and enable you to gain a recognised Foundation degree. With a mix of theory and practice designed to meet the demands for psychological therapies, the course will build your skills in self-reflection and enhance your resilience and self-awareness, allowing you to work with the full scale of issues brought into counselling.

Our learners come from a wide range of backgrounds and this course offers the opportunity to develop your knowledge, skills and practice whilst tailoring your studies to reflect particular areas of interest or career aspirations.

As part of the degree, you will be able to research your own specialist subject areas, including psychopathology theory and embed these into practice. You will also develop skills in creating a therapeutic relationship.

As a graduate, you may choose to progress into a range of roles, with a variety of client groups. You may also choose to develop your skills further by progressing onto the BSc (Hons) Person Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy (Top-Up) degree at Preston’s College. To progress, an additional application needs to be made.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

To meet the demands for psychological therapies, the course will build your skills in self-reflection and enhance your resilience and self-awareness, allowing you to work with the full scale of issues brought into counselling.

As part of the degree, you will be able to research your own specialist subject areas, including psychopathology theory and embed these into practice. You will also develop skills in creating a therapeutic relationship.

For the full course specification, visit the Higher Education section of our website, available here.

HOW WILL I BE TAUGHT?

This degree adopts a varied and innovative approach to teaching including classroom activities, tutor led tasks, worksheets, role play, creative experience, self-reflection and authentic skills sessions, to provide a well-rounded understanding of both theory and the skills required for success in the field.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

A variety of assessment methods are employed as part of this degree, includes video and audio recordings of counselling practice, written assignments, reflective reviews, case studies, video presentations, presentations, supervision reports and a portfolio of evidence.

An additional mandatory part of this degree is the undertaking of a minimum 100 hours of clinical work placement, 15 hours of voluntary placement work and a minimum of 10 hours of personal counselling. All clinical work must be overseen by a certified supervisor. You are also required to attend two mandatory residential weekends, enhancing and supporting both learning and personal practice.

WHAT CAN I DO NEXT?

Successful completion of this Foundation degree will allow you to practice as a counsellor. Many of our graduates have progressed into work within private practice or roles within the NHS, the probation service or charities.

Upon successful completion of the Foundation degree, you may also choose to develop your skills further by progressing onto the BSc (Hons) Person Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy (Top-Up) degree at Preston’s College. To progress, a further application needs to be made.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I NEED TO KNOW?

Awarded by: Currently under review

Mode of Study: 2 years, full-time Tuition Fee: Year 1 (2021/22): £6,000 Year 2 (2022/23): £6,000

Location: Preston’s College, Fulwood Campus (except placement, personal counselling sessions and residentials).

Additional costs: There are two residential weekends, costing a maximum of £300 each. Supervision costs are also incurred on this degree with a maximum fee of £40 per hour, with a minimum attendance of 1.5 hours per month. You may also wish to purchase a digital voice recorder. You may also need to pay for personal counselling. In addition, you will be required to pay a Professional Membership Fee and the full cost of obtaining personal, professional indemnity insurance.

Additional requirements: A group interview, to assess your interaction with others and your ability to demonstrate the values and qualities necessary in the counselling profession is required, as is an enhanced DBS check.

Minimum numbers required for this course to run: 12

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Preston’s College operates a flexible admissions policy, welcoming applicants with a wide range of qualifications and/or experience, with each application assessed on its own merit. We also recognise prior learning/attainment (RPL) and experience, meaning it may be possible to map some of your existing qualifications against the modules for the FdA Person Centred Counselling and Psychology qualification.

If this applies to you, we will discuss this with you at the interview stage.

For students who have recently been in education, we would expect an applicant to have one of the following:

Level 3: A Level 3 qualification in Counselling is required
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GCSE:

Due to the academic demands of the programme it is recommended that learners hold a minimum of GCSE grade 4 (formerly grade C) or equivalent in English Language. Applicants without this qualification should study a Level 2 English qualification alongside the Foundation degree, in preparation for progression onto the BSc (Hons) Top-Up degree

Admissions process: All applicants must complete an application form, participate in a group interview and have an enhanced DBS check

International students

You may need to apply for a Tier 4 visa in order to enter and study in the UK. However, please note that Preston’s College does not hold a Tier 4 Sponsor Licence to support student visa applications.

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