Foundation prospectus

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.

Course/institution codes


Partner college

Guildford College


2 years full-time

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Home/international fees

2021/2022 fees


2021/2022 fees

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.

What you will study


Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact 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

If you are

  • 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 or equivalent and be at least 21 years old
  • You will be considered on individual merit and 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 programme)
  • 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) Group.

    For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

    The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

    For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

    Alternatively, please contact us:

    Available to overseas students?


    Can I use prior learning?

    Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

    How you will learn


    In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

    • Lectures
    • Seminars
    • 1-to-1 tutorials

    Further details to be confirmed.

    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. Scheduled learning activities 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.


    Information coming soon.

    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


    For full fees information please visit our fees information pages.

    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

    Other costs

    Information coming soon.

    For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

    Careers and placements

    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?

    The Employability & Careers Service (ECS) is committed to supporting our students and recent graduates in their transition towards a rewarding graduate destination. We strive to deliver a professional service with the aim of empowering 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

    Locations and contact:
    Greenwich Campus, Queen Mary QM015
    Medway Campus, Black B014
    020 8331

    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 UK or EU student and want to study full-time then you apply through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS).

    If you are a UK or EU student and want to study part-time then you apply to the university directly.

    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.

    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.