Course overview

Counselling Foundation Degree City of Bristol College

This Counselling Foundation Degree course will give you a professional qualification so you can practice as a counsellor. You have the option to complete the Counselling Foundation Degree full-time over two-years or on a three-year, part-time basis.

This professional counselling course is accredited by The National Counselling Society.

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Apply for the full-time course through UCAS

Institution name: BCBC
Institution code: B77
Course code: YA3M
Campus code: B
Short code: FdSc Couns

Additional information

Who is this course for?

This counselling course is for people aged 18 and over who wish to develop a career as a professional counsellor.

The Counselling Foundation Degree is also suitable for people:

  • wishing to develop academic and research skills in counselling
  • who want to work towards a professional counsellor individual accreditation
  • who want to enhance their current employment/professional role.

What you'll learn

During this Counselling Foundation Degree course, you will complete a number of different modules. These could include:

  • study skills
  • counselling skills
  • theoretical approaches
  • solution-focused therapy
  • professional practice
  • human development
  • counselling relationship
  • research methodologies
  • mental health in counselling.

Course entry requirements

To join this Counselling Foundation Degree course, you will need:

  • 56 UCAS points, access to a Higher Education Diploma
  • Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check for working with vulnerable adults and children. All information will be treated in confidence.
  • Three A Levels or equivalent or a minimum of Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills.
  • To be eligible to become a student member of BACP or the NCS.
  • Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) or equivalent including English and Maths.

We may accept students who do not meet the typical entry requirements if you have relevant experience. Applications are considered on an individual basis.

Find out more about applying for a course with City of Bristol College’s University Centre

How is the course delivered and assessed?

During this Counselling Foundation Degree course, you will be asked to complete a minimum of 30 hours in a vocation placement, some of which can be undertaken prior to starting the course, where you will develop your 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 100 counselling hours under supervision.

We use a wide variety of assessment techniques which are all coursework based including written assignments, presentations, practical skills assessments, critical reviews, creative pieces and a portfolio of counselling and supervision logs and reports.

Future career and study opportunities

After successfully completing this Counselling Foundation Degree course, you may move on to work as a qualified counsellor with an agency, employer or in private practice or use your qualified counsellor status in another profession.

You may also apply for the Level 6 top-up programme at the City of Bristol College leading to the BA (Hons) Counselling Degree awarded by the University of Plymouth.

Additional costs

You will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service application which costs £55. Students must receive a satisfactory DBS disclosure to continue on the course.

You will be required to pay yearly tuition fees at £4,000 a year for part-time or £6,000 for full-time. You may be eligible for a student loan, contact Student Finance on 0300 100 0607 or visit to find out more.

You will be expected to pay to join the BACP or National Counselling Society.

You may also need to pay for:

  • supervision costs
  • your own counselling
  • travel expenses
  • insurance related to your placement.

To keep everyone safe, we’ve reduced the number of people in our buildings at one time. Most of our courses include sessions taught at the college supported by online learning. 

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