FdA Counselling

  • 2 years
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: Darlington College 01325 503030; Redcar & Cleveland College 01642 473132; Stockton Riverside College 01642 865400
  • Fee for UK/EU students (from Sept 2017 entry): £3,960 (120 credits)
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This is an award of Teesside University delivered in partnership with Darlington College, Redcar & Cleveland College and Stockton Riverside College. The course runs at the colleges, delivery as follows:
FdA Counselling at Redcar - Monday 9.00am - 5.30pm
FdA Counselling at Darlington - Thursday, 9.30am - 5.30pm
FdA Counselling at Stockton - Wednesday, 9.30am - 5.30pm*

* Days and times may change

What you study

The programme consists of core modules, personal and professional development and work-based practice.

How you learn

Modules are taught through a combination of lectures and seminars. In lectures specific information is delivered to larger groups while, in the smaller seminar groups, you can explore issues in more depth supported by independent study.

There will be two mandatory weekend workshops for each year of the course, which will cost students £30 per weekend (provisional) and is payable upon enrolment. The dates of these weekends will be confirmed during induction week.

How you are assessed

A wide variety of assessment methods is used on the course. These include written assignments, essays, case studies group work and individual presentations and portfolios.

Career opportunities

Your employability skills will be directly addressed through the professionally related curriculum of the programme in relation to the requirements of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and through the professional reflection aspect of assignments.

This course will allow you to consolidate learning in practical counselling techniques, informed by the theory of counselling practice. We hope that you will be able to develop skills and training and add to the knowledge and skills base in order to develop as professionals. Graduates will also be encouraged to work towards accreditation with the BACP.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are QCF Level 3 achievement or equivalent in Counselling. Prospective students who have had a minimum of two years’ counselling experience within a counselling agency, supported by agency/work-based or subject-specific training and mentoring will be considered as suitable candidates for the Foundation Degree in Counselling following a successful interview.

It is a requirement of the course that you complete 100 practice hours in a supervised placement setting by the end of the second year of the Foundation Degree. You are also required to undertake 20 hours of personal therapy during the course (i.e. 10 hours for each year of the course), which will cost approximately £30 per session.

Due to the nature of the programme you will need to provide written references from two sources to demonstrate your appropriateness to undertake professional counselling training and your ability to cope with the academic requirements. You will be asked to declare any criminal convictions and be aware that DBS enhanced checks for regulated activity (formerly CRB checks) will be carried out prior to you undertaking clinical practice.

Suitable candidates will be selected and invited for interview. The interview process will evaluate your suitability for the programme.

For additional information please see the undergraduate and postgraduate entry requirements in our admissions section

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