College’s first counselling students celebrate their success

Counselling students at Coleg Llandrillo’s Rhyl Campus recently celebrated their achievements in being the first cohort to complete the Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling.

The Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling is a two-year, part-time programme which is validated and awarded by Bangor University. It equips students with the skills and knowledge to be able to apply for registration and practice as a Professional Counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Students at the celebratory event were presented with their qualifications by Professor Nichola Callow, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning at Bangor University. The event was also attended by local employers and the Coleg Llandrillo staff who were involved in leading and delivering the programme.

One of the successful counselling students, Sophie, said:

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my course. I think what I have gained the most is confidence, and that is due to the structure of the course - the healthy challenges; variety of assessments & workload and the interactions & support from my tutors & my classmates. I also feel very comfortable at the Rhyl campus. It’s not as large as some institutions which makes it feel more personal. I have also received great support from the various departments when needed, such as the library, finance and administration.”

Another successful student, Sally, said;

“Doing the Level 4 at the Rhyl campus has been a really positive experience, both professionally and personally. The support from the lecturers and wider team has been second to none. The campus has excellent facilities and has a warm and welcoming atmosphere. I feel really lucky that this qualification was available locally to where I live and to feel a part of a community while I went through this journey was invaluable to me achieving the course.”

The Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care is designed for those working within the Social Care sector who wish to gain knowledge in order to enhance their practice and career development. It was identified that there was a gap for provision of higher education courses in the locality of Rhyl and these courses are aligned with sector and employer needs in the area.

The counselling provision continues to grow - with Levels 2 to Level 5 now being offered at the Rhyl campus with the provision of local placements in the Rhyl area increasing.

Alongside the counselling provision, the Rhyl campus also provides further opportunities for development in the health sector. The popular Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care is an evolving programme that has been developed with new innovative content aligned to the needs of local employers, helping to support employability and improving the quality of local health and social care provision.

Prof Nichola Callow, Pro-Vice Chancellor at Bangor University, said:

“Bangor University has a strong and thriving partnership with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai. As part of this partnership, we have developed a suite of Higher Education courses that enhance our flexible learning provision and ensure opportunities for underrepresented groups. We are proud to offer the Counselling and Health and Social Care courses at the Rhyl Campus. Increasing access to Higher Education in this area is important, not only from a widening access perspective but also in terms of addressing the skills needs of the region. We are thrilled with the success of the provision and look forward to seeing the positive impact of these courses on the North Wales region and our population.”

Paul Flanagan, Assistant Principal and Director of Higher Education at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai said:

“We are delighted with the success of our Rhyl campus based higher education learners. Our local Level 4 programmes are specifically designed to provide opportunities to attract learners from a variety of backgrounds and those who are typically under-represented in higher education. By providing local Higher Education opportunities we are really making a difference in the communities that we serve. I look forward to continuing our strong strategic partnership with Bangor University, and we have plans to continue to expand our successful provision in the near future.”

To find out more about our Counselling and Health and Social Care provision at our Rhyl campus including our Higher Education programmes please visit www.gllm.ac.uk/degrees

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