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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.

Partner College

Guildford College


2 years full-time

Professional recognition

Successful completion of an HNC will enable you to progress to the relevant degree programme at university and/or non-corporate membership/charter-ship with relevant construction bodies.

This course focuses on the therapeutic relationship as the main catalyst to healing, wellbeing, growth and development with an emphasis on the use of the counsellor's self and of the client-counsellor relationship in the therapeutic work. A key theme is the development of trainee's self-awareness and impact of self on others, and bringing that awareness into the 'here and now' within the client-counsellor relationship.

The course 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.

What you will study


Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact for more information.

Entry requirements

  • Evidence of counselling training to Level 3 (minimum of 120 hours successful training in counselling skills and theory) as well as appropriate life experience and interest in working with people.
  • GCSE English language grade C (9-4) or equivalent and at least 21 years of age.
  • You will be considered on individual merit. Evidence of work experience/voluntary work in a counselling or related setting will be an advantage.
  • You need to be in personal therapy by the end of Term 1, Year 1 (60 hours over the whole two-year course).
  • You will need to be in clinical placement by the early part of Term 1 to enable you to gain 100 client hours which will be externally supervised in addition to internal supervision given at college.
  • You will also need to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS).

Fees and finance

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.

Fees information International fees

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

Additional information


Lectures and seminars are offered in each subject and you will also have regular tutorial contact and progress reviews. You will be assessed through written assignments, practical observations (tutor, peer and self-reflection), theory assignments, learning portfolios, presentations, case studies, work with audio, video and transcripts.


Top up to a degree in one year on the Counselling BA Hons at the college, following successful completion of the Foundation Degree, to expand your understanding of counselling practices or apply for alternative degrees at related institutions. 

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

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