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    Destination data, academic year 2016/17 (HNC 19+ students)

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Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 2 Years 4 Part-Time - Day Washington Campus University Level Qualification

What’s it all about?

This course will prepare you to become a professional counsellor and help you make a real difference to the mental health wellbeing of others. There is an increasing demand for counsellors to work in the health sector, voluntary and community sector and in private practice. This course will prepare you to become a professional counsellor and support others in managing issues and improve their quality of life.

In completing the Foundation Degree in Counselling you will attain profesisonal counselling status in the eyes of Professional Bodies associated with counsellors operating in the U.K. (B.A.C.P.) This vocational foundation degree is a pathway not only into profesisoanl practice but also into higher level academic study.

Level 3 Certificate in Counselling, GCSE grade C (4) or above in Maths and English (or equivalent).

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ 5550.00 *subject to change You will need to provide your own stationery. You could purchase books from the recommended reading list, however, they are available to borrow from the college’s Learning Centre.

Teaching methods include seminars, group work, presentations, debates, and observed counselling skills practice. You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including: written essays, case studies, a reflective journal, individual and group presentations, internal supervision, self, peer and tutor assessment of skills. You will also be required to complete a work placement of a minimum of 100 hours supervised counselling practice.

You will be required to complete a 100 hr supervised counselling placement at a local counselling service provider. As a volunteer counsellor will be required to be subject to a DBS check before engaging in a practice setting this is in line with professional standards.

You will need student membership of the BACP (at your own cost, approx £80) prior to beginning counselling practice in a placement. https://www.bacp.co.uk/membership/student-membership

Year 1 - Personal Development, Counselling Skills Practice & Development, Professional Issues, Core Model of Counselling, Comparative Models of Counselling.

Year 2 - Personal Development 2, Supervised Counselling Practice, Counselling Research, Contempora

University of Sunderland

Our HE Academic Support Tutor can provide help with study skills, written English, academic writing, research skills, critical thinking and revision, assessment and examination skills.

What’s next?

You could progress to a top-up degree in Counselling, to achieve a full honours degree. Further to this postgraduate courses are available that will take you to higher level courses in an associated study area.

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Psychologists research, study and assess emotional, cognitive and behavioural processes and abnormalities in human beings and animals and how these are affected by genetic, physical and social factors.

Medium Salary

£ 35633

1178 people employed as Psychologists in the current year.


Jobholders in this unit group provide counselling services to clients with a wide variety of problems by means of assisting them to reach their own resolutions to the difficulties they face. Counsellors may specialise in a particular area or client group or address a wide range of issues.

Medium Salary

£ 18301

414 people employed as Counsellors in the current year.

93.1%of our students progressed to further study, university of employment.

(*Based on 16-18 year olds destination data, 2019/20 academic year)

Why choose Sunderland College?

Consistently high achievement rates

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*Ofsted June 2016

Excellent student support

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