Level: 5 | Duration: 3 Years | Start Date: September
Details: 1 day per week, Wednesday, 10 am – 5 pm or 2 evenings per week, Monday and Thursday, 6pm – 9pm (TBC for 2023)
• Level 3 in Counselling and GCSE English Language at a minimum of Grade C/ Grade 4 (or equivalent).
• An enhanced satisfactory DBS check.
• Two references (one from an academic source).
• Admissions and curriculum interview
Course Fee (Per Year): £4,500
The Foundation Degree in Counselling will provide in depth professional training in counselling skills and theory. This programme aims to provide a stimulating learning environment where you will develop a sound understanding of professional, legal and ethical issues. Increasing self-awareness and personal development are also an integral part of the course. Successful completion of this course means that you have achieved qualified practitioner status and will be eligible for employment as counsellors. Graduates will have the opportunity to complete a BSc (Hons) Counselling at Riverside College.
What will I learn on this course?
Alongside the core theoretical models of Person-Centred, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, you will have the opportunity to study several alternative aspects of counselling theory, these include: Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Transactional Analysis and Gestalt. You will examine professional issues in relation to working with clients and you will also develop skills in case formulation and working with mental health issues. You will be provided with the opportunity to practise counselling skills in a safe and facilitative environment. The personal development aspect of the course looks at developing an understanding of self and the group process.
Emphasis is on the work based element of the award. This focuses upon the development and application of a range of work based competences and will prepare you to make the transition from learner to counsellor. Work placement is an integral part of the Foundation Degree in Counselling. 100 supervised placement hours will be completed in years 2 and 3.
- Counselling Models and the Integrative Approach
- Counselling Skills 1
- Personal Development & Understanding Self
- Professional Issues & Preparing for Counselling Placement
- Counselling Skills 2
- Case Formulation and Mental Health
- Counselling Placement
- Personal Development & The Group Process
- Further Developments in Counselling Theory
- Setting up in Professional Practice
- Highly qualified teachers who are also professional practitioners in a variety of therapeutic areas
- Excellent links with local employers who request students from Riverside College
- Outstanding progression to honours degree, employment or own private practice
- Achieve professional status as practitioner
- This programme part meets the criteria for accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), should you wish to apply for this in the future.
- Staffordshire Graduate: The Staffordshire Graduate represents a set of qualities that Staffordshire University passionately believes is necessary for success in the 21st century. The Staffordshire Graduate is a reflective and critical learner with a global perspective, prepared to contribute in the world of work. Learners studying the modules on this programme have an opportunity to participate in assignments and learning activities that support and encourage them in developing all of the Staffordshire Graduate attributes. Learners will develop transferable skills that can be applied to a range of life experiences. Learners will be encouraged to continue to develop and build on these characteristics and seek out opportunities to utilise them for the benefit of themselves, their families, their clients and their employers.
Why choose Riverside College for this course?
Staff have a wealth of counselling experience and come from a variety of therapeutic backgrounds. Each member of staff is committed to fully supporting your progress and successful achievement on this course.
What will this course lead on to?
As a fully qualified practitioner, graduates will be equipped to gain employment as professional counsellors in this growing industry. Successful graduates may also wish to set up their own professional counselling practice.
On completion of this Foundation Degree graduates will have the opportunity to top up to a full BSc (Hons) Counselling degree at Riverside College by undertaking an additional study year.
- Year 1: you’ll spend 22% of time in lectures, seminars or similar, and 78% of time in independent study.
- Year 2: you’ll spend 22% of time in lectures, seminars or similar, and 78% of time in independent study.
- Year 3: you’ll spend 22% of time in lectures, seminars or similar, and 78% of time in independent study.
- Year 1: your assessment will be 100% by coursework.
- Year 2: your assessment will be 100% by coursework.
- Year 3: your assessment will be 100% by coursework.
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