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Counselling Studies ( Level 4 Certificate)

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Course Overview

Graduates from the this Certificate course Students, who are interested in practicing counselling as a professional, may progress to the Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling Practice, which is awarded by Ulster University and accredited by the BACP. See course details for full entry requirements. For those students without the necessary 48 UCAS points achieved through A’Level, which are required for entrance to the Foundation Degree, the L4 Ulster University Certificate in Counselling Studies is accepted as an alternative route for progression, since Ulster University recognise the important personal development, competencies and skills achieved on the Certificate programme. Please note that progression to the Foundation Degree also requires applicants to hold a qualification in maths. Contact the Course Director for information on this option [] Please note that successful completion of the Ulster University Certificate in Counselling studies is a desirable criteria for application to the Ulster University Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling Practice and will be used for selection purposes where courses are over-subscribed.
  • Study Mode
  • Duration
    30 Weeks
  • Campus
    Strand Road

Important Message

Fees must be paid at the time of enrolment, or arrangements should be put in place to pay by instalments. The full fee includes tuition, registration and examination fees (where relevant). Depending on your circumstances you may be entitled to a reduced (concessionary) fee. Reduced fees are applied to the cost of tuition only. Failure to enrol before the Awarding Body deadline may result in you incurring a late fee.

Available Sessions

  • Course
    Start Date
  • Course: Ulster University Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Studies Ref D057
    Campus: Strand Road
    Type: Part Time
    Start Date:
    (Wed: 5:30PM-9:30PM)
    Full £500.00
    Concession £200.00
    Examination £287.00

Course Offering

  • Site location Strand Road
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Awarding Body
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Course Modules

  • CMM013 The Helping Relationship level 4 20 credits
  • CMM116 Personal Development And Interpersonal Communication Level 4, 20 Credits
  • CMM103 Practical Application of the Helping Relationship Level 4, 20 Credits
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Entry Requirements

UK Requirements

All applications must satisfy Ulster University general entrance requirements for certificate and Diploma courses. The standard offer for this course is 5 GCSEs (Grade A, B or C) or equivalent. Competence in written and spoken English is required and certificated evidence of GCSE English Language or accepted equivalent is required. Level 2 Essential Skills in Communication is acceptable. Candidates who do not meet the general entrance requirements may apply for APEL (accreditation of experiential prior learning) to evidence their ability to undertake the course - please contact the course director as soon as possible for advice. Candidates should note that APEL may not be used to evidence the English Language requirement (GCSE or equivalent). It is the candidate’s responsibility to provide certificated evidence as required and to present this for inspection at interview. All applicants will be invited to attend an information session in June.

Additional Information

This qualification is useful for many professional roles and will help the student to develop advanced communication skills.


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