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Ulster University Certificate Counselling Studies

Care & Health

Course Overview

This part-time course, is awarded by Ulster University and has advanced training status by the National Counselling Society (NCS). It will introduce students to counselling theory and skills which are useful for those who wish to work effectively in a helping role with people, in a range of professional and personal contexts. Over one year of study, students undertake three core modules, each reflecting 20 credits of study at Level 4. Modules are: • The Helping Relationship• Personal Development And Interpersonal Communication• Practical Application of the Helping RelationshipTeaching and learning is achieved by a blend of face to face lectures and seminars, group and individual activities as well as digital and online technology. Students will learn basic psychological and communication theory and develop a range of reflective, interpersonal, communication and counselling skills, to support them in a helping role across settings. Activities to promote self-awareness and impact on others are central and personal development is a key aspect of all three modules of the course.Successful completion of this course does not confer fitness to practice counselling, but graduates who meet the entrance requirements may progress to the Ulster University Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling Practice which does.
  • Start Date
    22 Sep 2021
  • Study Mode
  • Duration
    30 Weeks
  • Campus
    Strand Road
  • Course Code

Available Sessions

  • Course
    Start Date
  • Course: UU Level 4 Certificate In Counselling Studies
    Campus: Strand Road
    Type: Part Time
    Start Date: 22/09/2021

Course Offering

  • Site location Strand Road
  • Dates 22/09/2021 - 01/06/2022
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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 May/June.

ROI Requirements

5 OL Leaving Cert.[L3 LC].Grade 04-01. Competence in written and spoken English is required. Candidates who do not meet the general entry requirements may apply for APEL 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 requirment.

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What's Next?

Further Study

FdSc Integrative Counselling Practice


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