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Foundation Degree (FdSc) Counselling Theory

Key Details

  • Available at:
    Rhos-on-Sea
  • Study Mode:
    Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length:

    Full-time: 2 years - 2 days a week, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from September 2024, typically between 9.30am-5pm

    Part-time: 4 years - 1 day a week, typically between 9.30am-5pm

    START DATE: 10th September 2024

  • UCAS Codes:
    LN26
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Foundation Degree (FdSc) Counselling Theory

Degrees (Higher Education)

Part Time

If you are applying to study part-time you can apply directly to the campus of your choice.

Rhos-on-Sea

Full Time

There are two ways to apply to study for a full-time higher education course - either through UCAS or directly to the college.

Applying through UCAS:
You should apply through UCAS if you are currently studying for A Levels, a vocational Level 3 course (i.e. BTEC) or an Access to Higher Education qualification, or if you wish to apply to more than one higher education provider.

Applying to College:
If you only want to study at the college, or if you already have the qualifications/experience to meet the requirements for your course, you should apply directly to the campus of your choice.

Rhos-on-Sea

Course Description

*Subject to validation in Spring 2024. Content and modules may change.

New for September 2024.

This course is validated and awarded by Bangor University so you can be assured of a high quality degree.

. 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.

Modules Include:

Year 1 (Level 4)**:

  • Professional Development
  • Fundamental Counselling Skills
  • Humanistic Counselling
  • Inclusive Counselling
  • Introduction to Counselling
  • An Introduction to Research and Study Skills
  • Professional Practice and Ethics

**For those who have studied and been awarded a Level 4 in Counselling we can RPL all of Level 4 so that you enter the programme directly at Level 5.

Year 2 (Level 5):

  • Advancing Counselling Skills
  • Advanced Research and Learning
  • Attachment and Adversity
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Personal Development Group
  • Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Working Across the Lifespan

Additional Information
More detailed information on Modules is to be found in the ‘Campus information’ section.

Entry Criteria

This degree offers flexible entry criteria without the need for academic qualifications.

64 UCAS points

For individuals who do not meet the above academic requirements:
If your qualifications do not meet the entry requirements listed above, we would still encourage you to apply for the course as we may consider learners based on their previous work and skills experience rather than their qualifications.

We will consider a wide range of non-standard or professional qualifications and experience, through the submission of a portfolio for accreditation of prior learning (APL/APEL/RPEL), in accordance with GLlM regulations and policies.

Applicants will also be considered from those working in the Health, Social Care, wellbeing education or third sectors, with a minimum of one-year vocational experience.

All candidates will be required to attend an informal interview, which will determine suitability for the course and ensure that the programme's requirements and the commitment required are fully understood.

Admission will be considered based on candidates' previous academic qualifications, relevant vocational practice, and experience.

Please note a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) with enhanced clearance may be required in order to undertake the required course placement hours.

Academic Requirements to enter a programme at Level 5
Direct progression is available for learners who have studied and been awarded a HE Level 4 Counselling Certificate, CPCAB Level 4 qualification.

For individuals who do not meet the above academic requirements:
We will consider a wide range of non-standard or professional qualifications and experience, through the submission of a portfolio for accreditation of prior learning (APL/APEL/RPEL), in accordance with GLlM regulations and policies.

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.

Delivery

This course is delivered at our University Centre at the Rhos-on-Sea campus, which provides degree-level students with bespoke teaching and learning facilities.

The course will be delivered through a blend of the following:

  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials
  • Employment modules
  • Guest speakers
  • Speakers may include a range of specialists from partner organisations, agencies and counselling organisations

Timetable:

  • Full-time: 2 years - 2 days a week, Tuesdays and Wednesdays for September 2024 starts, typically between 9.30am-3.30pm
  • Part-time: 4 years - 1 day a week, typically between 9.30am-3.30pm

Start date: 10th September 2024

Pastoral Care

The Personal Tutorial system is a major feature of student support and tutorials are an opportunity to discuss a range of issues including progress, progression, work placement support and any additional learning needs.

Fees

Visit our course fees page for information on full and part-time degree course fees.

Financial Support

Visit our financial support page for information on the range of support available.

Additional costs

More detailed information on other costs associated with your course and work placements/work experience (if applicable) will be outlined in the programme validation document and explained to you at your interview.

This could include BACP membership, insurance, supervision and DBS..

Students will also need to consider resources and materials needed for independent study away from college, such as PC/laptop, internet access, software, materials needed for practical development, and if you wish to purchase books/journals, etc, rather than borrow through the library services. Students have free access to the college libraries, study areas and book loan services; however, there is a potential cost for overdue and lost books.

Contact:

Gillian Clark clark1g@gllm.ac.uk

Fiona Roberts counsellingapplications@gllm.ac.uk

Assessment

Our assessments allow learning to be applied based on your primary interests, vocational experience and placements. For more detailed information on Modules see the ‘Campus information’ section.

Types of assessments include

  • Individual portfolios
  • Written assignments
  • Multiple choice exam
  • Group project
  • Professional discussion
  • Presentation
  • Research proposal
  • Case studies

Progression

Where can this course take me in my future career?

Developed in consultation with regional employers, this course ensures you have the up-to-date advanced skills employers need. Roles in education, the third sector, wellbeing, and health & social care are all priority areas for North Wales, and we are set to see a continued increase in demand for assosiated roles in the coming years.

Completion of this course can lead to many progression options in education and employment:

  • Enhanced roles in a range of sectors and work contexts,.

  • Direct progression to GLlM PCE/PGCE programmes to train to be a qualified lecturer in Further Education. See here for more information GLIM PGCE

  • Direct progression to GLlM BA (Hons) degrees, including Health, Wellbeing and Social Care Leadership, allowing you to complete a full honorary degree.

Following a BA degree, you could progress to various post-graduate masters degrees in the North Wales region. Some examples include:

  • MA Education

  • MA Social Work

  • MA Criminology and Sociology

  • MA Criminology & Criminal Justice

  • MA Sociology

  • MA Social Policy

  • MSc Adult, Children’s or Mental Health Nursing

  • MSc Counselling

  • MSc Health, Mental Health & Wellbeing

  • MSc Professional Practice in Health

Throughout the year, all GLlM HE students are updated with graduate recruitment fairs locally and further afield e.g. in Liverpool and Manchester. Programme Leaders advise and guide students and liaise with Careers Wales throughout their studies.

GLlM has also introduced Student Futures as part of the current HE strategy, which will enhance the development of learner employability. Previous graduates from GLlM have found employment in local County Borough Councils involved in various projects including Expert Advisory Groups and services for specialist populations. Graduates have also been recruited by various local and national charities addressing social inequality, child protection and substance misuse.

For those studying to develop in their existing profession, having a full foundation degree will demonstrate high-level skills, which can lead to increased career options in a variety of public and private sector contexts, with the possibility of supervisory or managerial responsibilities.

Other details

Course type: Degrees (Higher Education)

Level: 4+5

Programme Area:

  • Counselling

Awarding Body: Bangor University

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