Foundation Degree in Contemporary Approaches in Counselling

This course is primarily designed for face to face learning with you attending your lessons for the specified hours within the validation document. However, there may be periods of study where the government advises TEC Partnership that it is not safe to open campuses or there is limited access due to social distancing measures. If the Campus is closed TEC Partnership will continue to deliver your sessions online and offer you the necessary support and resources remotely. If there is limited access due to social distancing measures a blended model will be adopted with some lessons happening in small groups and others happening using online sessions and support.

Do you want to understand human behaviour and become more self-aware?

This course will develop your technique and enhance your counselling toolbox. This course is designed to provide students with a broad and balanced knowledge and understanding of contemporary approaches to counselling in relation to working with adults in all relevant employment areas. There are 3 key themes in the programme: knowledge of contemporary counselling approaches and the practical application of such knowledge in relation to working with a client, the professional development of counselling practitioners and the development of such within a placement setting and the personal development of the counsellor in training in terms of awareness of self in relation to self and others.

What will I study?

Level 4 Year 1 Certificate

  • Academic Skills
  • Contemporary Humanistic Approaches
  • Professional Practice
  • Developing Counselling Skills into Practice
  • Self-Awareness in Counsellors
  • Counselling in a Diverse Society

Level 5 Year 1 Diploma

  • Contemporary Approaches to Counselling
  • Advanced Professional Practice
  • Contemporary Working Models
  • Telephone and e-counselling competences
  • Development and Attachment Theory
  • Research Skills

How will I be assessed?

A range of assessment techniques will be used such as essays, reports, presentations, padlet, debates, reflective journals and professional development plan.

For more information about assessment, including guidance on marking, feedback and plagiarism, please refer to the HE Assessment Policy (section 5) and the programme spec for course-specific information.

How will the course be delivered?

The course will be delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars with the opportunity for individual and group work. All students will undertake private study to complement and extend the learning in the classroom.  In addition, all students will have regular tutorials and implement learning in the workplace. Students will be expected to participate in weekly forums on the College virtual learning environment.

Entry requirements


  • Level 3 qualification in Counselling Skills
  • GCSE maths and English Grade 4/C or above

Non Standard

This will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and there may be an opportunity for students to enrol through APL (Accreditation of Prior Learning), APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning) if these are deemed relevant by the programme leader and the college admissions department.

What next?

You could progress onto the college's one-year top-up course to gain the full honours degree. Employment opportunities include working in nurseries, schools, community centres, teaching and any other areas working with children and families.

Additional information

Validated by the University of Hull