Course overview

FdA Counselling City of Bristol College

This Counselling Foundation Degree course will give you a professional qualification so that you can practice as a counsellor. The course is accredited by The National Counselling Society.

The course will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to take forward into your future practice. It will support you through a ‘helping placement’ at Level 4 and completion of counselling hours at Level 5. The course is centred around an integrative approach to counselling.

You will be required to engage in your own personal therapy and the course supports opportunities for your personal enquiry, reflection and development.

You have the option to complete the Counselling Foundation Degree full-time over two years or part-time over the course of three years

If you studied your Level 3 course with us, you could be eligible for our Higher Education Progression Bursary. You can find out more about our financial support options or download the HE progression bursary application form.

Apply through UCAS for the full-time course

Apply here for the part-time course

Institution name: BCBC
Institution code: B20
Course code: X335
Campus code: J

Dates and applications

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FdA Counselling Ashley Down Centre
Bristol
Course Code
HBF1369D01-1
Dates
09/09/2024 - 19/06/2026
Duration
2 years
Days
Date/Day(s) Being Finalised
Hours per week
13.00
Start Time
09:30
Location
Ashley Down Centre
Fee
This course costs £6000 per year. You can fund your studies with a Student Loan. Visit our Financial Support page to find out more.
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FdA Counselling Ashley Down Centre
Bristol
Course Code
HBP1369D01-1
Dates
09/09/2024 - 19/06/2027
Duration
3 years
Days
Date/Day(s) Being Finalised
Hours per week
8.50
Start Time
09:30
Location
Ashley Down Centre
Fee
This course costs £4000 per year. You can fund your studies with a Student Loan. Visit our Financial Support page to find out more.
Enquire Apply
Course Code Dates Duration Days Hours per week Start Time Location Fee
HBF1369D01-1 09/09/2024 - 19/06/2026 2 years Date/Day(s) Being Finalised 13.00 09:30 Ashley Down Centre
This course costs £6000 per year. You can fund your studies with a Student Loan. Visit our Financial Support page to find out more.
Enquire
HBP1369D01-1 09/09/2024 - 19/06/2027 3 years Date/Day(s) Being Finalised 8.50 09:30 Ashley Down Centre
This course costs £4000 per year. You can fund your studies with a Student Loan. Visit our Financial Support page to find out more.
Enquire Apply

Additional information

Who is this course for?

This Counselling Foundation Degree is for people aged 18 and over who wish to develop a career as a professional counsellor.

It will support you to:

  • Develop academic and research skills in counselling
  • Work towards a professional counsellor accreditation
  • Enhance your counselling skills for other employment or your current professional roles.

What you'll learn

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

  • Counselling relationships
  • BACP/NCS ethical framework
  • Counselling skills
  • Creative approaches to counselling
  • Theoretical approaches
  • Application to practice
  • Personal development
  • Humanistic approaches: gestalt, transactional analysis, psychosynthesis and existential approaches
  • Solution-focused 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 practice

Course entry requirements

To join this course, students will usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at 4 or above (A*- C) including English Language and Maths
  • 80 UCAS points from Level 3 qualifications such as A Level or BTEC
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling (or other suitable counselling experience or qualification)
  • A completed DBS check

We will take significant relevant work experience into account where appropriate. This must be directly relevant to the field of counselling and will be discussed and investigated at the interview.

All applications are considered on an individual basis.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

Please note: this is an in-person course. Many of the classes are experiential and learning comes from your experience in the group. it is important that you are able to attend college regularly.

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.

During this Counselling Foundation Degree course, you will be asked to complete a minimum of 30 hours in a vocational 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.

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.

Completion of this programme would allow for direct entry into the BA (hons) Level 6 top-up programme at the City of Bristol College leading to the BA (Hons) Counselling Degree awarded by Bath Spa University

Additional costs

As a City of Bristol College student, you may incur additional costs to attend your course. For example, it is likely you may need to pay for travel and stationery. 

Many courses offer learning opportunities that you may need to pay for. This may include things like study visits and visiting speakers. We will let you know in advance if there will be additional costs.

For this programme of study, 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 expected to pay to join the BACP or National Counselling Society and will need to pay for your own counselling whilst on the course.

When on placement you may also need to pay for:

  • supervision costs
  • travel expenses
  • insurance related to your placement
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