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Higher Education Courses

Foundation Degree in Counselling (FdSc) delivered in association with the University of Worcester

Level 5

Course code: H09D122
Type: Higher Education inc Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQ)
Duration: 2 years
Subject area: Counselling,Higher Education
Location: Hereford
No fee information available

About the course

In the Counselling FdSc, we focus on the Person-Centred counselling model. Throughout the programme, you will develop the skills and personal awareness needed to foster a lasting therapeutic relationship. You’ll learn through experience and communicating the core conditions of the Person-Centred Approach: empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard.

This foundation degree will equip you with everything you need to practice as a counsellor in a number of settings. This course is an ideal opportunity for those who would like to enhance their current role with qualified counsellor status.

Why choose us

HLNSC have industry-qualified tutors with substantial experience in this subject area.

What you could do next

The course will place you in an excellent position to meet possible training requirements for counsellor registration. This course can help you obtain employment in a variety of settings such as schools and colleges, the NHS, different counselling agencies (e.g. bereavement, alcohol) and private practice. The qualification may also enhance possibilities for development in an existing role. Existing students also have the opportunity to access the new Integrative Counselling BA (Hons) Top-Up course.

Popular modules

Year 1 (Level 4 Modules)

  • Person-Centred Approaches in Counselling

  • Social Political and Cultural Context of Counselling

  • Human Growth and Development

  • Personal and Professional Development 1 (double module)

  • Independent Work-based Learning 1 (double module)

  • Comparative Theoretical Approaches

  • Counselling for Loss and Grief

Year 2 (Level 5 Modules)

  • Introduction to Counselling Research

  • Developing the Skills of Person-centred Counselling

  • Personal and Professional Development 2

  • Introduction to Counselling Ethics and the Law Relating to Counselling

  • Work-based Learning 2

Key facts


  • 4 & 5


  • Full-Time: (one day per week, plus a day per week for work based placement)


  • Two years


  • UCAS course code B941 campus code C

Assessment methods

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments. Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

Assessment methods comprise a range of coursework assessments such as journals, personal-development plans, reflective reports, leaflet design, portfolios, case studies and presentations, as well as counselling skills assessments. In the first year there is an independent work-based learning project and in the second year an independent research project.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the year of study.

Entry requirements

A Level 3 qualification in Counselling Skills (minimum of 120 hours tuition, which includes both theory and skills) such as the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills.

Passes at C/4 and above in 4 GCSE subjects, including English Language or equivalent.

All offers are subject to satisfactory Health and Enhanced DBS Disclosure Clearances.