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

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Course Overview

This practice-based professional programme responds to evidenced public need in NI and was designed in consultation with industry partners, professional and academic bodies. It is awarded and validated by Ulster University (UU) and accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). 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. There are 11 compulsory taught modules delivered via a blended approach involving face-to-face lectures, student led seminars, group work, counselling practice with peers and online teaching. All modules are assessed via coursework in keeping with UU regulations. Successful completion of 240 credits of study including the successful completion of the clinical practice components results in the award of FdSc in Integrative Counselling Practice. All components of the course must be completed so that students graduate from a BACP Accredited Course.
  • Study Mode
    Part-Time
  • Duration
    34 Weeks
  • Campus
    Limavady
    Strand Road

Available Sessions

  • Course
    Campus
    Type
    Start Date
  • Course: Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling Practice (Yr 1 of 3)
    Campus: Strand Road
    Type: Part Time
    Start Date: 13/09/2021
  • Course: Ulster University Level 5 Foundation Degree Integrative Counselling Practice (Yr 1 of 3)
    Campus: Limavady
    Type: Part Time
    Start Date: 30/08/2021

Course Offering

  • Site location Limavady Main St Strand Road
  • Dates
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Awarding Body
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Course Modules

  • Year 1- Integrative Skills 1 Introduction to theory and skills of counselling
  • Integrating the Self -Focus on personal insight development and awareness of impact on others in relationship
  • Integrating Humanistic Theory - Consideration of key concepts of Humanistic approach to counselling within integrative model.
  • Ethics and professional practice - Reflection on personal moral qualities and practice applications of BACP Ethical Framework for Counselling Professions (2018)
  • Year 2 Integrating Cognitive Behavioural Theory - Consideration of key concepts of CBT approach to counselling within integrative model.
  • Integrative Skills 2 - Counselling skills development
  • Supervised Practice 1 Preparation and support for counselling practice. - Normally includes supervised placement of 30hrs
  • Psychosocial Lifespan Development - Consideration of theories of psychosocial development, personal insight development and application to practice context
  • Year 3 - Supervised Practice 2 Continued preparation and support for counselling practice. Normally includes supervised placement of 70hrs
  • Integrating Psychodynamic Theory Consideration of key concepts of Psychodynamic approach to counselling within integrative model.
  • Personal Integrative Approach - Reflection on and articulation of personal approach to counselling
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Entry Requirements

UK Requirements

All applicants must meet the general entrance requirements and the standard offer for this course is 48 UCAS 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 Languagegrades A-C/ 4-9 or equivalent. Essential Skills L2 Communication is acceptable) and Maths (grades A-C/4-9 or equivalent. Essential Skills L2Use 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); or2. 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); or3. 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**; or4. 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 https://www.ulster.ac.uk/study/entrance-requirements 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 the Course Director or attend advertised information evenings to discuss, as 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 is a desirable selection criteria which will be applied where the course is over-subscribed. . 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.

ROI Requirements

All applicants must meet the general entrance requirements and the standard offer for this course is 48 UCAS points as a minimum. The requirements may be met in the following ways: 1. Provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (Leaving Cert English Language grades 05 or above. Essential Skills L2 Communication is acceptable) and Maths (grade 05 or above. Essential Skills L2Use of Number is acceptable). * Leaving Cert English Language (grade 05 or above or acceptable equivalent) and maths (grade 05 or above or acceptable equivalent) may be used as part of the Leaving Cert requirement. 1. Provide evidence of passes in five subjects, two of which must be at A level (grades A-E) and three at Leaving Cert level* (grade 05 or above); or 2. Provide evidence of passes in four subjects, three of which must be at A level (grades A-E) and one at Leaving Cert level* (grades 05 or above); 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 https://www.ulster.ac.uk/study/entrance-requirements 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 the Course Director or attend advertised information evenings to discuss, as 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 is a desirable selection criteria which will be applied where the course is over-subscribed. . 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.

Work Placement

In addition to the taught academic modules, students are required to complete the following: • 100 hours supervised clinical placement working within a counselling organisation of their choice • 30 hours personal therapy, completed with a suitably qualified therapist • 50 hours work-based learning, completed in placement.

Fee Information

  • Additional Fees
  • Other - Overall, it would be expected that additional costs may reach a minimum of £1500. See link for this breakdown of costs.

What's Next?

Further Study

Graduates of the Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Integrative Counselling Practice (Level 5) may progress to level 6 BSc (Hons) Professional Development in Counselling at Ulster University and in turn further study at Masters and PhD level. Students not wishing to become a professional counsellor may exit at the mid- point of the course. The exit award of Certificate in Higher Education (CERTHE) in Counselling Studies, is awarded on successful completion of 120 credits at L4. This non-practice option, acknowledges counselling knowledge and skill development, but not to the level required for professional practice.

Career Prospects

Graduates may also begin working as counsellors upon qualification and many have progressed to part-time employment in voluntary, charitable and private sector agencies. Since the FdSc programme is widely applicable to a range of occupations, others graduates have used the course to progress to study in Allied Healthcare professions, Human Resources, law etc. at Ulster University and elsewhere. Please Contact the Course Director to discuss, or view Ulster prospectus online at https://www.ulster.ac.uk/prospectus

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