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About the course

If you want to gain a professional qualification which enables you to practice as a counsellor in a number of settings or you would like to enhance your current employment role with qualified counsellor status then this is the course for you. We expect students to join BACP in Year 1 as part of a commitment to professional development.  

This is a 2 year full time course with a 3 year part-time option. Please note the course fees printed below are per academic year only.

The course is subject to validation with Plymouth University.


Download the Plymouth University student handbook here.

Entry Requirements

Students usually need some of the following:

  • 56 UCAS points
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Satisfactory DBS disclosure required
  • A Level 3 or equivalent qualification
  • A minimum of Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

You would normally have:

  • Eligible to become a student member of BACP
  • 5 GCSEs grades 9-4 or equivalent including maths and English

You will need an interview for this course 

UCAS Application Code

Institution name: BCBC
Institution code: B77
Course code: YA3M
Campus code: B
Short code: FdSc Couns
Application: UCAS
What will I do on this course?

A range of core modules may include:

  • Counselling relationship
  • BACP ethical framework
  • Study skills
  • Counselling skills
  • Theoretical approaches
  • Application to practice
  • Personal development
  • Humanistic approaches: Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, Psychosynthesis and Existential approches
  • Solution-Focussed Therapy
  • Professional practice
  • Human development
  • Working with loss and grief
  • Evidence-based practice and research
  • Mental Health in a Counselling context
  • Supervision, professional and reflective
  • You will also attend a weekly Personal Development Group which contributes to your developing self-awareness.

You will also undertake a minimum 30 hours in a vocation placement some of which can be undertaken prior to the start of the course using your developing counselling skills and knowledge.In Stage 2 you will start your counselling placement and practice as a trainee counsellor in an approved counselling setting to achieve counselling hours with supervision.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for the following people:

  • 18 years and over
  • Those wishing to develop a career as a professional counsellor
  • Those wishing to enhance their current employment/professional role
  • Those wishing to develop academic and research skills in counselling
  • Those wishing to work towards professional counsellor individual accreditation
How to apply

Full-time applications  through UCAS:

Clearing is open until 30th September

For further information contact the UCAS Student hotline: 0371 468 0468


Part-time applications are made through the College.

For a part-time application form and further information:

Call : 0117 312 5000
Email :






How Is this course assessed?

We use a wide variety of assessment techniques which are all coursework based: Written assignments, Presentations, Practical skills assessments, Critical reviews, Creative pieces, Portfolio of counselling and supervision logs and reports

What could I do next?

On successful completion of the FdSc you may:

  • Work as a qualified counsellor with an agency, employer or in private practice
  • Use your qualified counsellor status in another professional role
  • Study on a top-up programme leading to the *Plymouth University BSc (Hons) degree or another university top-up programme 

* Subject to validation

Additional cost

Once accepted on to the course applicants must complete the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) application form prior to enrolling. Once enrolled students must receive a satisfactory DBS disclosure to continue on the course.  Cost: £55. 

The course fees printed below are per academic year only.


Year 1: £4,000

Year 2: £4,000

Year 3: £4,000


Year 1: £6,000

Year 2: £6,000


You may be eligible for a student loan, Student Finance can be contacted on 0300 100 0607

Further information can be found here:



 You will need an interview for this course 



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16-18 19+
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