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Integrative Counselling Practice (Yr 1 of 3) (Level 5 Foundation Degree (FdSc))

Care & Health

Course Overview

This professional programme in counselling, has been designed in consultation with industry partners, professional and academic bodies.The course is offered part-time over 3 years of study. It is awarded and validated by Ulster University and is accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and successful completion of the full award confers fitness to practice counselling. The course aims to develop students with the required attributes, skills and competencies to work effectively and ethically with adults who wish to avail of professional counselling. The course is structured around 11 taught modules. These are delivered via a blended approach to teaching and learning which involves opportunities for face-to-face lectures, student led seminars, group work, counselling practice with peers and online teaching. All modules are compulsory and represent 120 credits of learning at L4 and 120 credits of learning at L5. Successful completion of 240 credits of study, including the successful completion of the clinical practice components, result in the award of Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling Practice.
  • Study Mode
  • Duration
    3 Years
  • Campus
    Strand Road

Available Sessions

  • Course
    Start Date
  • Course: Ulster University Level 5 Foundation Degree (FdSc) Integrative Counselling Practice (Yr 1 of 3)
    Campus: Strand Road
    Type: Part Time
    Start Date: 01/09/2023
  • Course: Ulster University Level 5 Foundation Degree (FdSc) Integrative Counselling Practice (Yr 1 of 3)
    Campus: Limavady
    Type: Part Time
    Start Date: 01/09/2023

Course Offering

  • Site location Limavady Main St Strand Road
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Awarding Body
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Entry Requirements

UK Requirements

Students must be 18 years of age or over. As places are limited early application is required.All applicants must meet the general entrance requirements and the standard offer for this course is 48UCAS points as a minimum. The requirements may be met in the following ways: 1. Provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE English Language grades A-C/ 4-9 or equivalent. Essential Skills L2 Communication is acceptable) and Maths (grades A-C/4-9 or equivalent. Essential Skills L2 Use of Number is acceptable). * GCSE English Language (grades A-C/4-9 or acceptable equivalent) and maths (grades A-C/4-9 or acceptable equivalent) may be used as part of the GCSE requirement.1. Provide evidence of passes in five subjects, two of which must be at A level (grades A-E) and three at GCSE level* (grades A-C/4-9); or 2. Provide evidence of passes in four subjects, three of which must be at A level (grades A-E) and one at GCSE level* (grades A- C/4-9); or 3. Provide evidence of an approved qualification at an equivalent level such as a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma or Access to Higher Education qualification or equivalent**; or 4. Provide evidence, for a process of formal accreditation of learning you have gained through work or other experience (APEL). ** Examples of L3 qualifications include A’Levels, for information on common alternative Level 3 qualifications, please refer to the Ulster University Entrance Requirements and Equivalence of Qualifications table available at Whilst applicants who do not possess the above qualifications may gain entry to the course through the Accreditation of Prior Learning route (APEL), please note that certificated evidence of English and Maths subjects are required and APEL for these subjects is only considered in exceptional cases. Applicants who are considering this route should contact Stephen Sheridan in Learning Link for guidance. T 02871276111APEL takes several weeks and will close on 1st May 2023 so early application is recommended. In addition to the academic requirements, applicants must demonstrate personal qualities and attributes required for counselling practice. Completion of the Level 4 Ulster University Certificate in Counselling Studies course, or an equivalent substantial counselling qualification, is recommended and desirable. Note: It is the responsibility of the applicant to check each University’s admission and progression requirements and the impact of using student finance before enrolling on a course at the College.Note: vocational qualifications from some awarding bodies are not accepted by the university.

Work Placement

Work placement is required in Year 2 Semester 2. Students need to find a suitable work placement for their client work.

What's Next?

Further Study

Students completing the 3 years can progress to the final 18 months of Bsc Hons Degree in Counselling.

Career Prospects

Those graduating can gain employment in NHS, Private Practice or Counselling agencies.


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    I studied Level 2 Maths and English and successfully passed both. It was a great course, and it was great working in a smaller group. I’ve made friends for life and I’m considering progressing to another part-time course with the College.
    Paul Cotton (Strabane)
  • Image of Jordan Downey (former Student Union President)
    I now have the opportunity to progress to University and achieve my chosen degree in only two years due to the preparation I received here at NWRC.
    Jordan Downey (former Student Union President)

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