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Foundation Degree in Counselling Studies

Course title: Foundation Degree in Counselling Studies Course level: Level 5
Qualification: Foundation Degree Awarding body: Liverpool John Moores University
UCAS code: C356 Academic year: 2019 - 2020
Course delivery: Full-time Course length: 2 Years
Venue: Accrington and Rossendale College


This course offers a wide range of topics to develop a deep understanding of how to work empathically and ethically with others who struggle with certain aspects of their lives.

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Modules and units

Units in the programme may include:

Year 1

  • Personal and Academic Development
  • Counselling Skills
  • Counselling Theories
  • Introduction to Research
  • Developing Counselling Skills in Clinical Practice
  • Developmental Psychology

Year 2

  • Continuing Personal Development and Professional Practice
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Models of Practice
  • Research Methods in Counselling
  • The Philosophy of Mind and the Theories of Consciousness
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing


The programme is available on a full-time basis over a two-year period.

Entry requirements

Students need one of the following to meet the entry requirements for this programme:

96 UCAS points (from September 2017)

At least 160 UCAS tariff points (60 points from AS alone; at least 100 points should be obtained from A2s, AVCE, GNVQ Advanced or Scottish Highers)

At least 12 A Level points if taken before 2002

Advanced or Progression Diplomas (from 2010) where they demonstrate relevance to the HE programme

BTEC National Diploma at Merit or Distinction

Access to Higher Education Diploma – 60 credits, of which at least 45 must be achieved at Level 3 (from 2010, with Merit or Distinction) and with an appropriate combination of modules

Open College Level 3 qualifications (obtained in or before 2008) at 60% or above – with consideration of marks above 50%

NVQ Level 3 in relevant vocational areas

GCSE Maths and English Grade C or equivalent

Relevant work experience / professional qualifications

Work in a relevant setting for 16 hours per week either in a paid or voluntary capacity.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment takes place at the end of each unit and is in the form of essays, reports, portfolios, presentations, seminar papers and seminar presentations.

Progression and employment

On completion of FdA Counselling Studies, students can progress to BA (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies, subject to a successful interview. This course is also based at the Accrington and Rossendale College.

How do I apply?

Applications are submitted through UCAS.

Contact our Higher Education Admissions Team on

Call: 01254 354 047


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