Course Information


Ulster University Certificate in Counselling Studies

Ulster University
Sessions

Below are the sessions that are available for this course.

Part-Time
Campus: Dungannon
Week Starting: 14 September 2021
Day: Tuesday
Time: 17:00–21:15
Duration: 1 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 30
Hours per Week: 4
Total Hours: 120
Fee: 417
Places Available: 18
Course Coordinator: Catherine.Donaghy@swc.ac.uk

Part-Time
Campus: Enniskillen
Week Starting: 14 September 2021
Day: Tuesday
Time: 17:00–21:15
Duration: 1 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 30
Hours per Week: 4
Total Hours: 120
Fee: 417
Places Available: 18
Course Coordinator: Colin.Swift@swc.ac.uk

Part-Time
Campus: Omagh
Week Starting: 14 September 2021
Day: Tuesday
Time: 09:00–13:15
Duration: 1 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 30
Hours per Week: 4
Total Hours: 120
Fee: 417
Places Available: 18
Course Coordinator: Catherine.Donaghy@swc.ac.uk

Part-Time
Campus: Omagh
Week Starting: 15 September 2021
Day: Wednesday
Time: 17:00–21:15
Duration: 1 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 30
Hours per Week: 4
Total Hours: 120
Fee: 417
Places Available: 18
Course Coordinator: nuala.mcnulty@swc.ac.uk

Description

This part-time course, is awarded by Ulster University and has advanced training status by the National Counselling Society (NCS). Joint accreditation with the BACP and NCS. It will introduce students to counselling theory and skills which are useful for those who wish to work effectively in a helping role with people, in a range of professional and personal contexts. Over one year of study, students undertake three core modules, each reflecting 20 credits of study at Level 4. Modules are:

  • The Helping Relationship
  • Personal Development And Interpersonal Communication
  • Practical Application of the Helping Relationship
  • Teaching and learning is achieved by a blend of face to face lectures and seminars, group and individual activities as well as digital and online technology. Students will learn basic psychological and communication theory and develop a range of reflective, interpersonal, communication and counselling skills, to support them in a helping role across settings. Activities to promote self-awareness and impact on others are central and personal development is a key aspect of all three modules of the course. Successful completion of this course does not confer fitness to practice counselling, but graduates who meet the entrance requirements may progress to the Ulster University Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling Practice which does.

    Additional Information

    This course will introduce students to the interpersonal and counselling theory and skills that are useful for those who wish to work effectively in a helping role with people in a range of professional and personal contexts. This part-time course, is delivered 1 day per week over two terms between September and June. Attendance is mandatory and should not be less than 90% of the course. Omagh Campus: Tuesday 9.00-12.30 and Wednesday 6.00pm – 9.30pm Dungannon Campus: Tuesday 6.00pm – 9.30pm Enniskillen Campus: Tuesday 6:00pm – 9.30pm Teaching and Learning is achieved through a blended approach which combines face to face lectures and seminars, individual and peer group work and seminars, digital and online resources. Students draw on personal and professional experience an there is an emphasis on practical role play and triad skills work with peers. Please note: Triad work is an essential part of this programme in terms of skills practice, personal reflection and assessment.

    Terms & Conditions

    Once accepted to the course, students are required to:

  • Comply with College Policies and procedures, rules and regulations (available in your Student Diary/Higher Education Handbook 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 coursework with a minimum mark of 40% achieved in all modules.
  • Course Content

    Students undertake three core modules, each reflecting 20 credits of study at Level 4.

  • CMM013 The Helping Relationship
  • CMM116 Personal Development And Interpersonal Communication
  • CMM103 Practical Application of the Helping Relationship
  • Upon successful completion of 60 credits of study at L4, students are awarded a Certificate in Counselling Studies by Ulster University.

    Core Modules

    All modules listed in the course content are mandatory.

    Optional Modules

    There are no optional units

    Assessment Method

    Assessment is 100% coursework. Students complete a range of assignments which draw on the authentic experience of students to increase their personal and professional development and reflective ability, self-awareness and practical communication skills for helping. Assignments may include personal learning records, case study and a practical skills evaluations. Students have opportunities for formative feedback throughout the course.

    Progression Opportunities

    Graduates from the this Certificate course Students, who are interested in practicing counselling as a professional, may progress to the Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling Practice, which is awarded by Ulster University and accredited by the BACP. See course details for full entry requirements. For those students without the necessary 48 UCAS points achieved through A’Level, which are required for entrance to the Foundation Degree, the L4 Ulster University Certificate in Counselling Studies is accepted as an alternative route for progression, since Ulster University recognise the important personal development, competencies and skills achieved on the Certificate programme. Please note that progression to the Foundation Degree also requires applicants to hold a qualification in maths. Contact the Course Director Roisin.bradley@swc.ac.uk for information on this option. Please note that successful completion of the Ulster University Certificate in Counselling studies is a desirable criteria for application to the Ulster University Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling Practice and will be used for selection purposes where courses are over-subscribed.

    Entry Requirements

    All applications must satisfy Ulster University general entrance requirements for certificate and Diploma courses. The standard offer for this course is 5 GCSEs (Grade A, B or C) or equivalent. Competence in written and spoken English is required and certificated evidence of GCSE English Language or accepted equivalent is required. Level 2 Essential Skills in Communication is acceptable. Candidates who do not meet the general entrance requirements may apply for APEL (accreditation of experiential prior learning) to evidence their ability to undertake the course - please contact the course director as soon as possible for advice. Candidates should note that APEL may not be used to evidence the English Language requirement (GCSE or equivalent). The application process involves submission of an application and completion of interview to establish suitability. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide certificated evidence of entry qualifications with their college application in order to be considered for interview. Successful completion of all components of the admission procedures contribute to the overall admission decision. Applications will be processed in May and interviews will take place on 22nd and 24th June 2021. Where the number of places is oversubscribed, additional criteria will be used and candidates will be called for interview by date order of application. Please note that submission of an application does not guarantee an interview, as places may fill before all applications are reviewed. Interviews are limited to 25 per campus. Early application and qualifications uploaded is therefore advisable. Closing date for applications is 30th April 2021.