Course Information

Ulster University Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling Practice

Ulster University

Below are the sessions that are available for this course.


This practice-based programme is in response to industry needs, and aims to develop students with the counselling skills and attributes to work effectively and ethically with adults, who wish to avail of professional counselling. The programme is accredited with the National Counselling Society (NCS). It is also intended that this programme will be awarded Approved Course status by the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).

Additional Information

Please be mindful of additional costs incurred throughout the programme. These include costs associated with: • Personal therapy (approximately £40 per hour) for a minimum of thirty (30) sessions. • Clinical Supervision typically £35 - £40 per hour - student rates may be available) ratios are 1:5 in the first 30 hours and 1:8 in the remaining 70 hours of clinical practice approximately). • Student membership of a professional body such as IACP, BACP and NCS - approx. £79 full cost • Professional Indemnity Insurance £60-80 • Application for AccessNI certificate - £35 A minimum of £1500 is involved excluding travel costs.

Terms & Conditions

Students are required to:

  • Comply with College Policies and procedures, rules and regulations (available inyour Student Diary/HigherEducation Handbook, and on theCollege VLE).
  • Submit all coursework andassessments by specifieddates, coursework submittedwithout consent after thedeadline shall not normallybe accepted.
  • The minimum overall passmark of 40% is required to beachieved in all modules.
  • Course Content

    The course structure also recognises that not every student wishes to become a professional counsellor but may undertake the programme to enhance existing skills or develop career opportunities. Students have the option to exit with a Certificate in Higher Education in Counselling (CERT HE) which acknowledges counselling skill development- but not to the level required for professional practice, professional recognition and accreditation – for which the student must successfully complete the full course including the placement component. 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.

    Assessment Method

    All modules include practical assignment. Assessment is via course work and viva 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 (Hons). 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 Healthcare professions, Human Resources etc.

    Entry Requirements

    • To be eligible to apply it is highly recommended that you have completed the Level 4 UU Certificate in Counselling Studies or equivalent. The Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling Practice builds on the skills and knowledge obtained on successful completion of the UU Level 4 Certificate in Counselling programme. Evidence of entry qualifications must be submitted with completed application form, in order to be considered for interview.You must: Provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE English Language grades A-C or equivalent) _x000D_ • GCSE Mathematics Grade C or above or equivalent (Pass in Level 2 Essential Skills Numeracy is acceptable)._x000D_ Ulster equivalence tables are available at In addition candidates must:_x000D_ • Provide evidence of passes in five subjects, two of which must be at A level (grades A-E) and three at GCSE level* (grades A-C/4-9); OR_x000D_ • Provide evidence of passes in four subjects, three of which must be at A level (grades A-E) and one at GCSE level* (grades A-C/4-9); OR_x000D_ • Provide evidence of an approved qualification at an equivalent level such as a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma or Access to Higher Education qualification or equivalent; OR_x000D_ • Provide evidence, for a process of formal accreditation by the University, of learning gained through work or other experience._x000D_ The Foundation Degree is the progression from the Certificate in Counselling but students must fulfil the entry criteria above, as the Level 5 Foundation Degree, is also a progression route to level 6 BSc (Hons) Professional Development in Counselling at Ulster University. _x000D_ Applicants must complete:_x000D_ · College application form_x000D_ · Submit relevant qualifications_x000D_ · Supplementary information form _x000D_ · Provide two character references_x000D_ · Attend individual interview _x000D_ · Attend group interview_x000D_ Successful completion of all components of the admission procedures contribute to the overall admission decision. As this course is often oversubscribed an enhanced shortlisting criteria will be used._x000D_