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

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Course Overview

This practice-based professional programme in counselling, has been designed in consultation with industry partners, professional and academic bodies and evidenced public need. 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
    31 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 Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling Practice (Yr 1 of 3) Ref D055
    Campus: Strand Road
    Type: Part Time
    Start Date: 12/09/2022
    (Mon:9:30AM-6:00PM /)
    Full £600.00
    Concession £240.00
    Examination £252.00
    Materials: £2165.00
  • Course: Ulster University Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling Practice (Yr 1 of 3) Ref L013
    Campus: Limavady
    Type: Part Time
    Start Date: 16/09/2022
    (Fri:9:30AM-5:00PM /)
    Full £600.00
    Concession £240.00
    Examination £252.00

Course Offering

  • Site location Limavady Main St Strand Road
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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 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.

Additional Information

This award of the Foundation Degree is achieved after three years part time study (240 credits), which includes 100 hours of supervised professional practice. Students will have to obtain their own placement in year 2. For those not intending to gain a practice qualification, an optional academic route is available leading to a Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling Studies, which is completed in the second year of the programme. We believe it is important to emphasise to prospective applicants that this course requires a substantial commitment of time and effort and can prove demanding in a number of respects; intellectually, physically, emotionally, personally and financially. The following illustration outlines course requirements and costs in addition to tuition and registration fees over the 3 years: 100 hours of supervised professional practice; 30 hours of personal therapy @ approximately £40 per hour (£1200); Clinical supervision; approximately 20 sessions of 1 hour, costing approximately £40 per session (£800); Professional Association membership ~ approximately £65 per year (£195) (NCS, BACP, IACP, ACC, UKCP…,); Personal Insurance ~ approximately £50 per year (£100) For further information contact: Course Director Joe Mc Grann (028 7127 6365). Please note :This course is in high demand & places are limited. Early application & enrolment following successful interview is strongly advised to secure your place.


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