Foundation Degree (FdA) Counselling // Undergraduate

Course overview

This course will provide an understanding of the theory, skills and expertise required to work as a professional Counsellor as well as providing progression to higher levels of study in this subject at degree level.

This is a well-established, popular, professional level course taught by very experienced tutors with an excellent industry reputation.

For those who have successfully completed a level 3 counselling qualification, this is your progression route to professional practice. You will have a chance to substantially develop your knowledge of counselling theory and ethics. In addition you will have the opportunity to engage in personal development to enhance your therapeutic practice.

We provide a professional setting, with unique, purpose-built counselling booths, so that you have the appropriate space in which to develop your counselling skills. In addition, each booth has recording equipment to support reflective process and assignment work.

You can study with us during the day (from 9.30.am. to 5pm) or over an afternoon and evening (from 1.30pm to 9pm). The course is delivered over a two year period from September to June over 32 weeks per year.

Course content

Modules on this course include:

Year 1 (national level 4)

  • Personal development. (20 credits)
  • Counselling skills practice & development. (20 credits)
  • The Core Model (30 credits)
  • Professional Issues. (20 credits)
  • Comparative models. (30 credits)

Subject to being signed off as ‘placement ready’ you can commence your placement in the January of your first year of study. 

Students are required to complete at least 100 counselling placement hours before the end of the course in year 2. 

It is the students responsibility to organise an appropriate placement. If the counselling placement provider cannot supply an appropriate supervisor, it is the responsibility of the student to identify a suitable supervisor and also pay for any fees charged for this service. 

Year 2 (national level 5)

  • Personal development (20 credits)
  • Supervised counselling practice (40 credits)
  • Counselling research (20 credits)
  • Contemporary issues in counselling (40 credits)

Entry requirements

  • Level 3 certificate in counselling
  • Level 2 pass grade in English and maths (GCSE grade C/4 or above , or equivalent qualification)
  • There is a course requirement stipulating that all students need to acquire student membership of the BACP at own cost prior to beginning counselling practice in a placements. Prospective students are advised to consult the BACP for the latest information on student membership.
  • If English is not your first language, please refer to the University of Sunderland English Language requirements:

https://www.sunderland.ac.uk/help/applying/entry-requirements/what-english-language-qualification-do-you-accept/ 

Teaching and assessment

We want you to learn all you can about these modules so you will have the opportunity to practice safely in placement and complete assignment work successfully. You will be assessed via essays, reports and presentations of your learning.

Tutors on this course provide rigorous assessment and coaching of your skills. You will be well supported towards a professional level of ‘fitness to practice’ that is required by the University of Sunderland and Placement Providers alike.  

Progression and careers

This is a University of Sunderland franchised course in which our core model is person-centred therapy delivered here at TyneMet College. This means that you can qualify as a person-centred counsellor. In addition, you will be able to progress to the optional BA (Hons) degree at the University of Sunderland.

This course is also aligned with BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) guidelines which will help prepare you for progression to voluntary or paid employment.

Awarding body

This programme is offered by Tyne Coast College working in partnership with the University of Sunderland. The award that you will receive will be from the University of Sunderland.

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Student numbers

In order to help ensure that the student experience is maintained at a high level across the life of partnership programmes, there is a minimum of 12 students required to enrol in year 1 of each programme offered by TyneMet College in partnership with the University of Sunderland in order for it to run. In the event that this minimum is not reached, the University reserves the right to either close this programme and withdraw offers made on it or, if appropriate to the programme, apply conditions to the programme in order to allow it to run with reduced student numbers. If the programme is closed, the University will use reasonable endeavours to help affected students switch to a suitable alternative programme or alternative HE provider if they wish to do so. If a decision is taken to apply conditions to the programme in order to allow it to run with reduced student numbers, consultation will take place with affected students. Conditions may include things like studying some of the programme at a different venue or merging study with other similar programmes where there is overlap. If these conditions are not acceptable to all students, the programme will close.


Further Information

Covid-19 has challenged the delivery of professional programmes but with support from the University of Sunderland and the BACP, we have developed our emergency professional standards: an effective approach to your programme of study, blending face-to-face and online teaching.

Our experience has shown that this method opens new learning opportunities for all, enabling you to develop graduate skills such as time management, self-care and workload prioritisation, with support from the counselling training team academic team and the wider University services available to you.

We will do our best to support you to practice counselling skills in new, larger rooms. This approach will ensure you develop your clinical skills at college, before experiencing ‘real-world’ clinical practice for the first time. We will be identifying sessions we hope to be completed weekly at college to allow you to develop your counselling skills in practice alongside your peers.

In addition, some theoretical lectures will be delivered online using TEAMS.

Programme leader contacts:

John Reilly-Dixon  John.Reilly-Dixon@sunderland.ac.uk

Assistant Programme leaders Carmel M Slawski carmel.slawski@tynemet.ac.uk

Rob S McGinley rob.mcginley@tynemet.ac.uk


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Course detail
Classification Foundation Degree
Course Mode Part-time
Level Undergraduate
Duration Two years
Location Coast Road Campus
Annual fee £5500.00 *
Start September
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