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

Course code: H09D122
Type: Part Time
Duration: 2 years
Subject area: Counselling
Location: Hereford

About the course

This course provides rigorous training that affords entry into the counselling profession. Its major strength is its close collaboration with counselling agencies/employers in the development of counselling practice opportunities. The course design takes full account of the core competency requirements contained in the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy’s Core Curriculum and takes a Person-Centred approach as its core model. Academic skills and personal development work reflect this emphasis, encouraging students to develop as reflective practitioners, who seek to offer a therapeutic relationship which fosters client change and development. One day a week is spent in college and another two days a week in related work-based activity and study. The Foundation Degree in Counselling totals 240 credits: 120 credits at Level 4 and 120 credits at Level 5. Students who do not complete the programme, but obtain 120 credits at Level 4 may be awarded a Certificate in Higher Education.

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


  • HLC Hereford Campus


  • UCAS course code B941 campus code C

Assessment methods

Assessment is through academic, experiential and workbased assignments/projects. There is a formal assessment of counselling skills at the end of each year.