Foundation Degree in Contemporary Approaches in Counselling

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.

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

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