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Counselling, Foundation Degree (Guildford College)

Boost your prospects of a counselling career by exploring the therapeutic relationship between healing, wellbeing, growth and development on this two-year foundation degree.

The foundation degree in counselling is aimed at anyone considering a career in this field, whether through the NHS, charitable organisations or private practice. The course explores therapy as a means to healing, wellbeing, growth and development. It also looks to develop your awareness of the impact of self on others.

Modules will prepare you for employment in the counselling profession and for membership of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. The course is offered by one of the university's partner colleges: Guildford College in Surrey.

Course/institution codes

B941

Partner college

Guildford College

Duration

2 years full-time

Start month

September

Home fees

2021/2022 fees

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What you should know about this course

  • Study at one of the university's partner colleges: Guildford College in Surrey.

What you will study

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Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact course-info@gre.ac.uk for more information.

About the course team

You will be taught by an experienced team of experts, which includes senior academics, technical officers, and practitioners with industry experience. Trained postgraduate researchers may also contribute to seminar teaching with the module leader. Teaching is informed by our research and consultancy work, and 97 per cent of our lecturers hold a teaching qualification. Learn more about our staff here.

Entry requirements

Entry criteria for the programme will be a minimum of 1 full A Level or equivalent, although consideration will be given to those able to demonstrate significant relevant employment experience. In addition to this, the following will be required:

  • Achievement of Certificate Level 3 in Counselling Theory and Skills (minimum 120 hours tuition):
    • NCFE: external exam passed at first attempt
    • Access to Counselling: at least 12 credits at merit level
  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • English Language Grade C or equivalent.
  • Evidence of commitment to be in personal therapy for the duration of the two year programme, which will be an additional cost for the student.

Students will be considered on individual merit at interview and evidence of work experience/voluntary work in a counselling or related setting is advantageous. 

Students will be assessed on their potential to meet the expectations of the counselling profession, in conjunction with meeting the academic, professional, ethical and personal requirements demanded of a practitioner.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

Available to overseas students?

No

Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

Enhanced disclosure

Applicants for this course are required to complete a suitability declaration, an enhanced disclosure and barring service (DBS) check, and an occupational health check.

How you will learn

This section helps you understand more about how you’ll learn based on standard delivery of teaching and learning on campus.

However, as a response to COVID-19 we are currently operating a ‘blended model’ of teaching and learning. This means a combination of face-to-face sessions on our campuses with online lectures. There is additional support for any students who are unable to attend campus because they are ill or shielding. We’ll continue to offer blended learning to all our students, in line with government guidelines, for as long as we are advised to. If government or local authority rules require it, we may be limited to offering online-only learning but will return to blended learning as soon as we are safely able to do so.

You can find out more about how we are supporting our students.

Teaching

In a typical week teaching takes place through a combination of timetabled and independent learning.

You can view more information about how each module is taught within our ‘What you will study’ section.

Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Timetabled learning may fall between 9am and 9pm depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

Class sizes vary by module. Lectures are normally attended by larger groups, and seminars/tutorials by smaller groups. This can vary more widely for modules that are shared between degrees. All students will have opportunities for 1-to-1 time with their tutors.

Independent learning

Outside timetabled sessions, you are also expected to dedicate around 30 hours a week to self-study. This may involve further reading and research, preparing coursework and presentations, and preparing for tests and exams. Our facilities are designed to support you in these activities.

We encourage you to join societies and participate in sporting and other activities to engage in the wider life of the university community.

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of courses you are studying.

Each module you study towards this degree is worth 15 or 30 credits. These represent around 150 or 300 study hours respectively. If you receive 100 contact hours for a 30-credit module, you should expect to commit 200 hours to independent study to complete it successfully.

Assessment

On this course, students are assessed by:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework

Further details to be confirmed.

You can view how each module is assessed within our ‘What you will study’ section.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include ‘practice’ assignments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Students are assessed through a combination of course work, exams and practical assessment where relevant. You can view more information about how each module on this course is assessed within our ‘What you will study’ section.

Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Timetabled learning may fall between 9am and 9pm depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assignments and to release examination results within 15 working days.

Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2021/2022 fees

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Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

Information coming soon.

For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

Every FdSc student is required to be in a suitable counselling placement by the start of Level 5 in which they will develop their clinical skills and encounter situations that foster greater appreciation of the value (and limitations) of counselling theory.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Opportunities include a practising counsellor in counselling centres, agencies, surgeries, hospitals, schools, businesses and private practices or related fields.

Do you provide employability services?

Our Employability & Careers Service is committed to supporting our students and recent graduates in finding a rewarding graduate destination. We strive to empower our students to achieve their potential.

We provide the following:

  • CV and cover letter checks
  • Application support
  • One-to-one careers advice
  • Interview tips and support
  • Careers fairs
  • Internships
  • Graduate jobs.

More about careers.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

You can also participate in the Erasmus+ student exchange course to spend a year abroad. Benefit from international experience and develop proficiency in a European language.

Support from the department

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding. The programme provides a unique learning opportunity to enhance skills, increase knowledge, develop understanding and prepare you for employment in the counselling profession (paid employment or private practice) and for membership of BACP.

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If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.