Foundation Degree (FdA) Counselling (from September 2022)

Key Details

  • Available at:
  • Course type:
    Degrees (Higher Education)
  • Study Mode:
    Part-time, Full-time
  • Level:
  • Programme Area:
    Health, Social Care and Childcare
  • Course Length:
    • 3 years (2 years part-time, 1 year full-time)
    • 4 years (part-time)
  • Bilingual:

Course Description

Students entering onto this course will have completed an Introduction and certificate in counselling skills course, and will have a keen interest in pursuing a career in the helping profession as a counsellor. This course provides learners with the opportunity to both fulfil their academic potential and enhance their present and future employment as Counsellors.

Students are guided through professional and personal development to enable them to become autonomous counsellors allied with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) ethical framework for good practice. This course meets the requirements for eligibility of BACP accreditation. The course is flexible, and can be fitted around other commitments students may have. This allows opportunities for either part-time or full-time study, either for those returning to education or those who are in employment or engaging in Counselling practice, and wish to enhance their qualifications and employment status or opportunities.

Applicants should apply for this course through the Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling here.

Entry Criteria

Must possess the Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling.

For those without any previous Counselling Skills courses more information on L2 and L3 GLlM courses can be found here:

A minimum of 150 hours of taught and accredited Level 2 and 3 Counselling skills and Theory courses

Language requirements:

  • GCSE in Welsh or English as first language, grade C/4 or above.
  • Any degrees, diplomas or certs should have been taught and assessed in Welsh/English.
  • For overseas applicants, for entry onto Level 4: English fluency to IELTS 5.5 or higher (with no element less than 5.0)
  • For overseas applicants, for entry onto Levels 5: English fluency to IELTS 6.0 or higher (with no element less than 5.5)

All places are subject to satisfactory interview.

If your qualifications do not meet the entry requirements listed above, we would still encourage you to apply for the course you're interested in, as many of our courses will consider learners based on their previous work and skills experience rather than their qualifications.


Taught session, skills sessions including role plays. Self-directed learning.

Students are responsible for organising their own work experience if it is a requirement on their programme, and they will be supported by the course team.


  • Level 4 part-time only
  • L5 full-time/part-time
  • Modular at level 4 and 5


Gillian Clarke (Programme Leader):

Celine Rea (Administration):


To be confirmed.


Where relevant, assessments will be marked and returned to students with constructive and developmental feedback. Effective feedback combines information which enables students to understand the strengths and limitations of their past performance, and information which enables them to recognise how future performance can be improved.

Students will be provided with feedback in a timely manner and this feedback will justify how the grade has been awarded. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on the feedback given and identify their strengths, things they found challenging and areas for development that they will feed forward to their next assessment. Feedback will include linking evidence to assessment criteria to demonstrate how the student will have met the learning outcomes.


BA (Hons) Counselling

Would you like to apply for this course?

Part Time

The application system is currently closed. For further information, please contact the college.

Full Time

Applications are made through UCAS.