Ulster University Foundation Degree In Counselling
The Ulster University Foundation Degree in Counselling award is achieved after three years part-time study including a combination of classroom teaching and a structured supervised practice element (client work) in an appropriate placement, commencing Year 2. (students need to find their own placement.) Students will study 4 modules over each academic year (2 per semester), subject studies may include:
- Integrative Approach 1
- Personal Development
- Humanistic Approaches
- Developing the Therapeutic Relationship
- Ethics and Professional Practice
- Understanding the Client in Context
- Cognitive Behavioural Interventions
- Supervised Practice 1 (SP1 placement)
- Supervised Practice 2 (SP2 placement)
- Integrative Approach 2
- Psychodynamic Approaches
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Contact Hours per week
8 hours contact time to include practical classes, lectures, workshops or tutorials.
150 hours over SP1 and SP2 (max of 4 hours per week).
Each 20 credit module is equivalent to 200 hours of self-study
General Entry Requirements:
- GCSE English Language Grade C or above OR Pass in Level 2 Essential Skills Literacy
- GCSE Mathematics Grade C or above OR Pass in Level 2 Essential Skills Numeracy
- Provide evidence of passes in five subjects, two of which must be at A level (grades A-E) and three at GCSE level* (grades A-C/4-9); OR
- Provide evidence of passes in four subjects, three of which must be at A level (grades A-E) and one at GCSE level* (grades A-C/4-9); OR
- Provide evidence of an approved qualification at an equivalent level such as a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma or Access to Higher Education qualification or equivalent; OR
- Provide evidence, for a process of formal accreditation by the University, of learning gained through work or other experience.
English Language Requirements for International students:
- Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
- IELTS 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in all skills)
- PTE 51 Or an approved equivalent test in English
Equivalent qualifications include:
- Grade C (or above) in GCSE English
- Successfully completion of a Level 3 Vocational Programme with assessments completed in English Language
- Essential Skills in Literacy (Level 2)
- ESOL Level 2
Tier 4 Students:
- SERC will only accept a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for issuing a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
- Successful completion of the admissions process
- Provide evidence of ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the accreditation of prior experiential learning. Further details on APEL can be found in the admissions section
How will I be assessed and given feedback?
The Ulster University Foundation Degree in Counselling award is achieved after three years' part time study (240 credits) including a structured supervised practice element.
Candidates are assessed using a range of different methods. Primarily there are written assignments in the form of reflective journals, essays and case studies. There is one examination per year in the second semester (normally May -with resits in August) There is ongoing assessment in the form of class triad work with tutor and peer feedback and some opportunities for research and shared learning presentations. Students will also be required to record their practice for self-evaluation. In Year 1 this is completed with peers in class and in Years 2 and 3 this is done as part of the client work placement. There is also workplace assessment by a mentor in the placement organisation and feedback from an external clinical supervisor who oversees the client work.
Where will it take me?
The design of the Ulster University Foundation Degree in Counselling is in line with those set out by the main professional bodies in the area: The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP), and National Counselling Society (NCS), and qualifies students to be counselling practitioners.
The programme offers two exit points depending on student need/professional goal:
- Foundation Degree in Counselling: 3 years (full qualification)
- Cert HE in Counselling: 2 years (lower award)
Students who have successfully completed the Foundation Degree which is accredited by the National Counselling Society (NCS) will be eligible to be named on the Professional Standards Register as a registered Counsellor.
How will it make me more employable?
The Ulster University Foundation Degree in Counselling qualifies students to be counselling practitioners.
The alternative 2-year part time route of Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling provides students with flexibility of choice and opportunity to enhance current skills, knowledge and employability e.g. promotion opportunities, in their existing professional roles in a relevant sector e.g. Education, Social Work, Management etc.
Additional costs will be incurred including:
- Personal therapy (approximately £40 per hour) for a minimum of twenty sessions
- Clinical Supervision typically £35 - £40 per hour - student rates may be available) ratios are 1:5 in the first 30 hours and 1:8 in the remaining 120 hours approximately).
- Student membership of a professional body such as BACP and NCS - approx. £79 full cost
- Professional Indemnity Insurance £60-80
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