Ulster University Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling Practice
The UU Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling Practice is achieved after three years of part-time study, at level 4/5. This includes a combination of classroom teaching and a structured supervised practice element (client work) in an appropriate placement.
Academic Year: 2023/24
Course Code: 10941
Study Type: Part-Time
Education Level Higher Education
The following sessions are open for application on this course:
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The UU Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling Practice is achieved after three years of part-time study, at level 4/5. This includes a combination of classroom teaching and a structured supervised practice element (client work) in an appropriate placement. Placement commences in Year 2, with students locating their own placement. Individual modules address ethical and professional skills, practice concepts, as well as the core theoretical approaches which are integral to counselling.
Students will study 4 modules over each academic year (2 per semester).
To be considered for this course an application must be completed online in order to be interviewed. If you are interested in applying, please utilise the online app via the website - www.serc.ac.uk - we will be able to obtain your details and email you a supplementary application form to be considered. Applicants will be invited for a pre-entry advice and guidance session. Successful outcome of an interview process is a pre-requisite for entry to the course.
In the event of the course being oversubscribed, enhanced entry criteria may be applied e.g., prior completion of a counselling skills qualification and / or relevant experience in a helping capacity.
All applicants must satisfy Enhanced Disclosure from Access NI which will incur a fee of approximately £33. If you require further information on this course please contact (Course Directors) Angelika Schulz at firstname.lastname@example.org or Andrea Woodrow at email@example.com
8 per week of face-to-face teaching
In addition, to support professional development 30 hours of Personal Therapy is required throughout the lifetime of the programme, and 100 hours of supervised practice client work, must be achieved.
Qualifications and/or experience needed to apply for the course: Applicants must:
(a) Satisfy the general entry requirements of the Ulster University
(b) Provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English, and Mathematics (GCSE English Language and Maths grades A-C/ 4-9 or equivalent) along with:
- Passes in 3 other subjects 2 of which must be A level /BTEC National Diploma and or Extended Diploma
(c) UU general entrance requirements must be met. It is the candidate’s responsibility to provide certificated evidence as required and to present this for review at interview.
(d) Accreditation of Prior Learning/ Experience - where necessary, candidates may provide evidence, for a process of formal accreditation by the University, of learning gained through work or other experience.
All applicants must satisfy Enhanced Disclosure from Access NI which will incur a fee of approximately £33. If you require further information on this course please contact (Course Directors) angelika Schulz, firstname.lastname@example.org. or Andrea Woodrow @ email@example.com
Please note, all applications must be received by 31st May 2023. Late applications will not be considered.
How will I be assessed and given feedback?
The FdSc in Integrative Counselling Practice is achieved after three years' part time study (240 credits) including a structured supervised practice element. Each module within the programme is assessed individually. Assessment is by a variety of coursework methods. The methods used reflect the learning outcomes of the module and enhance the strategies used in teaching and learning. Assessment allows for the measurement of depth and breadth of knowledge and also for the opportunity to promote active learning on behalf of the student.
Assessments activities include:
- Personal Learning Records
- Video-taped sessions
- Personal Case Study
- Case Studies
- Client Case Studies
- Vivas, Seminar Presentations
- Evaluation of Current Counselling research
Assessment activities aim to develop, in each student, the intellectual and personal qualities that can be used in counselling work. These include the ability to:
- Develop self-awareness and personal skills
- Think through problems, objectively and systematically
- Use current research to inform practice
- Conduct accurate client assessment
- Work through therapeutic outcomes
- Communicate in writing to a high standard
- Adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework
- Show effective oral communication
To support professional development 30 hours of Personal Therapy is required throughout the lifetime of the programme, and 100 hours of supervised practice client work, must be achieved. Constructive formative developmental feedback is provided for all assignments. Extensive comments are provided on all scripts which are summarised on a formal summative feedback sheet. Students are offered individual tutorials to discuss this further. Assessment is monitored further for reliability of marking through cross marking and moderation between staff, within the individual college and across colleges and by the External Examiner. Assessment Rules- Pass mark for each assessment, module and course: 40%
Where will it take me?
The design of the FdSc in Integrative Counselling Practice is in line with those set out by the two main professional bodies in the area: The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and qualifies students to be counselling practitioners.
The programme offers two exit points depending on student need/professional goal:
- FdSc in Integrative Counselling Practice: 3 years (full qualification)
- Cert HE in Counselling: 2 years (lower award). This is an alternative lower award and non-practice route for those seeking a Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling qualification (2 years), with the emphasis on theoretical studies and exiting after 2 years.
Students who have successfully completed the Foundation Degree which is accredited by the National Counselling Society will be eligible to be named on the Professional Standards Register as a registered Counsellor. Also further study at a higher level (BSc (hons) Professional Development in Counselling (top-up from the Foundation Degree) Level 6 and then to other Postgraduate Level 7 courses will lead/contribute to additional potential opportunities such as Social Work and allied health and social care professions or management positions in the Health and Social Care industry.
How will it make me more employable?
The FdSc in Integrative Counselling Practice qualifies students to be counselling practitioners in line with regulation proposals and the professional accreditation criteria set out by the two main professional bodies in the area. (BACP and IACP). The alternative 2-year part time route of Certificate of Higher Education in Integrative Counselling Studies 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.
Students who have successfully completed the FdSc in Integrative Counselling Practice (must include the 2 supervised practice modules), which is accredited by NCS, and be eligible to be named on the Professional Standards Register as a registered Counsellor. This course provides students with extensive opportunities for further study at a higher level e.g. Ulster University top up degree: BSc (Hons) Professional Development in Counselling, a level 6 programme and then to postgraduate at level 7
Course fees are detailed on the college website and include examination fees and registration with Ulster University. 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)
- BACP Student membership
- NCS Student membership
- Professional Indemnity Insurance
- Access NI
Please note, course fees are payable on each year of study.
Terms & Conditions
Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.
While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.
Available Sessions Summary
The following sessions are open for application on this course:
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