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This course aims to develop students with the required attributes, skills and competencies to work effectively and ethically with adults who wish to avail of professional counselling. This practice-based professional programme in counselling responds to evidenced public need in NI and has been designed in consultation with industry partners, professional and academic bodies. The course is offered part-time over 3 years of study. It is awarded and validated by Ulster University and is accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and successful completion of the full award confers fitness to practice counselling. Closing date for applications is 30th April 2022. Applications will be sifted in May and interviews will take place on 15th and 17th June 2022.
The course is structured around 11 compulsory taught modules (see MODULES, below). These are delivered via a blended approach to teaching and learning which involves opportunities for face to face lectures, student led seminars, group work, counselling practice with peers and online teaching.
All modules are assessed via course work in keeping with Ulster University regulations. These include case study preparation, essays, audio-recorded skills work with peers or clients, reflective journaling, presentations, viva and the development of a portfolio of work. In addition to academic work, reports from clinical supervisor and placement mentors are intrinsic to the successful completion of the course. Formative feedback is offered to support student development. A minimum of 40% is required for successful completion of all modules.
More information available on modules and assessment can be found in the course handbook Foundation Degree Handbook 2022
In addition to the taught academic modules, students are required to complete the following:
Successful completion of 240 credits of study, including the successful completion of the clinical practice components above, result in the award of Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling Practice. All components of the course must be completed in order that students graduate from a BACP Accredited Course.
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There are no optional modules however students not wishing to become a professional counsellor may exit at the mid- point of the course. The exit award of Certificate in Higher Education (CERTHE) in Counselling Studies, is awarded on successful completion of 120 credits at L4. This non-practice option, acknowledges counselling knowledge and skill development, but not to the level required for professional practice.
All applicants must meet the general entrance requirements and the standard offer for this course is 48UCAS points as a minimum. For applicants who do not hold 48UCAS points via A’Level, the University of Ulster Certificate in Counselling Studies is an acceptable alternative for progression route to this Foundation Degree. The requirements may be met in the following ways:
* GCSE English Language (grades A-C/4-9 or acceptable equivalent) and maths (grades A-C/4-9 or acceptable equivalent) may be used as part of the GCSE requirement.
** Examples of L3 qualifications include A’Levels, for information on common alternative Level 3 qualifications, please refer to the Ulster University Entrance Requirements and Equivalence of Qualifications table available at Entrance Requirements
Whilst applicants who do not possess the above qualifications may gain entry to the course through the Accreditation of Prior Learning route (APEL), please note that certificated evidence of English and Maths subjects are required and APEL for these subjects is only considered in exceptional cases. Applicants who are considering this route should contact the Course Director or attend advertised information evenings to discuss, as early application is recommended.
In addition to the academic requirements, applicants must demonstrate personal qualities and attributes required for counselling practice. Completion of the Level 4 Ulster University Certificate in Counselling Studies course, or an equivalent substantial counselling qualification, is recommended and desirable. Preference will be given at application stage for those candidates who have successfully completed the Level 4 Certificate in Counselling programme
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All modules are assessed via course work in keeping with Ulster University regulations. These include case study preparation, essays, audio-recorded skills work with peers or clients, reflective journaling, presentations, viva and the development of a portfolio of work. In addition to academic work, reports from clinical supervisor and placement mentors are intrinsic to the successful completion of the course. Formative feedback is offered to support student development.
A minimum of 40% is required for successful completion of all modules. More information available on modules and assessment at Foundation Degree Handbook 2022
Graduates of the Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Integrative Counselling Practice (Level 5) may progress to level 6 BSc (Hons) Professional Development in Counselling at Ulster University and in turn further study at Master’s and PhD level.
However graduates may also begin working as counsellors upon qualification and many have progressed to part-time employment in voluntary, charitable and private sector agencies. Since the FdSc programme is widely applicable to a range of occupations, others graduates have used the course to progress to study in Allied Healthcare professions, Human Resources, law etc. at Ulster University and elsewhere
Please Contact the Course Director to discuss, or view Ulster prospectus online
The application process involves submission of an application and completion of interview to establish suitability. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide certificated evidence of entry qualifications with their college application in order to be considered for interview. Successful completion of all components of the admission procedures contribute to the overall admission decision. Closing date for applications is 30th April 2022. Applications will be sifted in May and interviews will take place on 15th and 17th June 2022. Where the number of places is oversubscribed, additional criteria will be used and candidates will be called for interview by date order of application. Please note that submission of an application does not guarantee an interview, as places may fill before all applications are reviewed. Early application is therefore advisable. Your application will require Enhanced Access NI checks, as your work will involve working with vulnerable adults. No convictions are considered spent and must be discussed at interview.
All full-time & part-time courses starting in September 2022 are open for applications. Please click on the Apply on our College website to begin your application. If you require assistance, or have any questions throughout the online application process, you can contact a member of the College Admissions Team by emailing email@example.com
**The fees quoted are payable for each year.
**In addition to course fees, students will be required to pay for personal therapy fees, supervision fees and may incur travel costs to placement over the course of the programme.
Mode of Study
Hours per Week
Number of Weeks
Total Full Fee £1,060.00
Total Concessionary Fee N/A
Fees Payable Each Year
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Ulster University Foundation Degree In Integrative Counselling Practice
Ulster University Certificate in Counselling Studies