Course Information

Ulster University Foundation Degree in Counselling

Ulster University

Level 5


The course provides a balance between theory and practice that meets the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy's recommendations for counsellor training programmes. The programme also provides an exit point at CertHE level and is accredited by the National Counselling Society for Learners who wish to gain knowledge of counselling to support other professional roles. It is important that Learners have good mental/psychological/emotional health to support their own wellbeing and that of clients when they are in clinical placement.


Duration: Session dependent
Hours per Week: Session dependent
Total Hours: Session dependent
Day(s): Session dependent
Start Time: Session dependent
End Time: Session dependent

Additional Information

During your course you may be required to purchase course text books and incur additional costs for printing, photocopying and binding. The overall additional costs incurred to support your studies may be in the region of £250 per year.

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Course Content

The course is delivered in modular form and combines theory with practical skills training. Year 1 modules: Integrative Approach; Personal Development; Humanistic Approach; Developing the Therapeutic Relationship. Progress to Year 2 and Clinical Placement is dependent on successful completion of Developing the Therapeutic Relationship. Additional costs for completion of the course will be incurred including: Personal Therapy; Clinical Supervision; BACP Learners Membership, however, students can also register with the National Counselling Society (NCS) at no cost; Professional Indemnity Insurance; A minimum of £1500 is involved excluding travel costs. Complete supplementary information form and application form, provide two character references, and attend group and Learners interview.

Assessment Method

All modules include practical assignment. Some modules include examinations in keeping with Ulster University regulations. A Portfolio in relation to Clinical Practice, including supervisor and agency reports, must also meet a required standard for successful completion of the course.

Progression Opportunities

Graduates have progressed to part-time employment in the voluntary sector, GP surgeries and to the establishment of a private counselling practice. Progression is also possible to the Ulster University for completion of a BSc. Anyone interested in this pathway needs to access the Ulster University Jordanstown prospectus for course descriptions and admissions' requirements/procedures. Others use the course to progress to careers in allied professions.

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Entry Requirements

Minimum entry requirements: Certificate in Counselling Studies or equivalent; GCSE English Language Grade A-C or academic equivalent. Prospective Learners should be in a counselling related role in either a paid or voluntary capacity. Refer to general entry requirements. International students must meet the general entrance requirements for admission to any College First Degree, Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma. English language requirements for international applicants is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE – Pass at Level 3 also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Further Information

Students are required to: / Comply with College Policies and procedures, rules and regulations (available in your Student Diary/Higher Education Handbook, on-line: and on the College VLE). / Submit all coursework and assessments by specified dates, coursework submitted without consent after the deadline shall not normally be accepted. / Pass* all modules in each year of study in order to proceed to the next year of the programme. / The minimum overall pass* mark of 40% is required to be achieved in all modules.

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Course Costs

Total Fee Session dependent
Reduced Fee Session dependent

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Below are the sessions that are available for this course.

Campus: Omagh
Week Starting: 01 September 2018
Day: Tuesday
Time: 00:00–00:00
Fee: £0.00
Reduced Fee: £0.00
Places Available: 25
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