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Ulster University Foundation Degree In Counselling

The UU Foundation Degree in Counselling is a professional qualification at level 5 designed in order to address a specific need which has become apparent in recent years. This course enables students to practice as professional counsellors working towards full accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). The course is awarded by Ulster University and is accredited with the National Counselling Society.

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Title Campus Type Week Starting Places Available Fee
Ulster University Foundation Degree In Counselling
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Part-Time 10/09/2018
Day: Monday
Time: 09:00-17:00
18 £890.00 Apply Now
Ulster University Foundation Degree In Counselling - Year 2 (Year 2)
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Part-Time 10/09/2018
Day: Wednesday
Time: 09:00-17:30
20+ £890.00 Apply Now
Ulster University Foundation Degree In Counselling - Year 3 (Year 3)
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Part-Time 10/09/2018
Day: Monday
Time: 09:00-17:30
16 £890.00 Apply Now
Ulster University Foundation Degree In Counselling
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Part-Time 10/09/2018
Day: Tuesday/Thursday
Time: 18:00-21:30
18 £890.00 Apply Now

During your study, you may need financial support and SERC is here to help. Find out more information on student fees and financial support in the Student Finance section.

Course Overview

This course aims to provide the counselling student with a comprehensive and flexible framework for education and training in line with professional accreditation requirements, which would facilitate safe practice within both the counselling and counselling skills arenas.

At all levels students will be able to gain knowledge of key aspects of the counselling process, with the aim of becoming Humanistic Integrative Counsellors.

The UU Foundation Degree in Counselling award is achieved after three years part-time study including a combination of classroom teaching and a structured supervised practice element (client work) in an appropriate placement, commencing Year 2. Individual modules address ethical and professional skills, practice concepts, as well as the core theoretical approaches which are integral to counselling.

Students will study 4 modules over each academic year (2 per semester), subjects studies may include:

Year 1:

  • Integrative Approach 1
  • Personal Development
  • Humanistic Approaches
  • Developing the Therapeutic Relationship

Year 2

  • Ethics and Professional Practice
  • Understanding the Client in Context
  • Cognitive Behavioural Interventions
  • Supervised Practice 1 (placement)

Year 3:

  • Supervised Practice 2 (placement)
  • Integrative Approach 2
  • Psychodynamic Approaches



Entry Requirements



Qualifications and/or experience needed to apply for the course:

Applicants must:

(a) Satisfy the general entry requirements of the Ulster University

Or To be eligible to apply you must:

Provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE English Language grades A-C/ 4-9 or equivalent);


  • 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); or
  • 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);or
  • 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
  • Provide evidence, for a process of formal accreditation by the University, of learning gained through work or other experience.    


To be considered for this course an application form will need to be completed in order to be interviewed for this course.  If you are interested in applying, please utilise the online app via the website - - we will be able to obtain your details and email you an application form to be considered. Applicants will be invited for a pre-entry advice and guidance session. Successful outcome of an interview process is a pre-requisite for entry to the course. In the event of the course being oversubscribed, enhanced entry criteria may be applied e.g. prior completion of a counselling skills qualification and / or relevant experience in a helping capacity. All applicants must satisfy Enhanced Disclosure from Access NI which will incur a fee of approximately £33.

If you require further information on this course please contact (Course Director) Nichola O'Hagan at or Andrea Woodrow @ 

Interviews will be held in June and August.2018.  All application forms will need to be received by 17th August 2018.

Please do not apply after this date.

Where will it take me?

The design of the UU Foundation Degree in Counselling is in line with those set out by the two main professional bodies in the area: The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP), and qualifies students to be counselling practitioners.

The programme offers two exit points depending on student need/professional goal:

Foundation Degree in Counselling: 3 years (full qualification)

Cert HE in Counselling: 2 years (lower award)

This is an alternative lower award and non-practice route for those seeking a Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling qualification (2 years), with the emphasis on theoretical studies and exiting after 2 years.

Students who have successfully completed the Foundation Degree which is accredited by the National Counselling Society will be eligible to be named on the Professional Standards Register as a registered Counsellor.

Also further study at a higher level (BSc (hons) Professional Development in Counselling (top-up from the Foundation Degree) level 6 and then to other postgraduate level 7 courses will lead/contribute to additional potential opportunities such as Social Work and allied health and social care professions or management positions in the Health and Social Care industry.

How will it make me more employable?

The UU Foundation Degree in Counselling qualifies students to be counselling practitioners in line with regulation proposals and the professional accreditation criteria set out by the two main professional bodies in the area.  (BACP and IACP).

The alternative 2-year part time route of Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling provides students with flexibility of choice and opportunity to enhance current skills, knowledge and employability e.g. promotion opportunities, in their existing professional roles in a relevant sector e.g. Education, Social Work, Management etc.

This course provides students with extensive opportunities for further study at a higher level e.g. Ulster University top up degree: BSc Hons Therapeutic Communication.

Why choose SERC?

As an Associate Student of the Ulster University you have access to a number of University services and facilities including membership to the Ulster University sports centre and access to physical and online library materials. To find out more visit UU Associate Student


How will I be assessed and given feedback?

The UU Foundation Degree in Counselling award is achieved after three years' part time study (240 credits) including a structured supervised practice element.

Each module within the programme is assessed individually. Assessment is by a variety of coursework methods and examinations. The methods used reflect the learning outcomes of the module and enhance the strategies used in teaching and learning.

Assessment allows for the measurement of depth and breadth of knowledge and also for the opportunity to promote active learning on behalf of the student.

Assessments activities include:

  • Seen and unseen examination
  • Personal Learning Records
  • Video taped sessions
  • Personal Case Study
  • Case Studies
  • Client Case Studies
  • Seminar Presentations
  • Evaluation of Current Counselling research

Assessment activities aim to develop, in each student, the intellectual and personal qualities that can be used in counselling work. These include the ability to:

  • Develop self-awareness and personal skills
  • Think through problems, objectively and systematically
  • Use current research to inform practice
  • Conduct accurate client assessment
  • Work through therapeutic outcomes
  • Communicate in writing to a high standard
  • Adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework
  • Show effective oral communication

Constructive formative developmental feedback is provided for all assignments. Extensive comments are provided on all scripts which are summarised on a formal summative feedback sheet. Students are offered individual tutorials to discuss this further.

Assessment is monitored further for reliability of marking through cross marking and moderation between staff, within the individual college and across colleges and by the External Examiner.

Assessment Rules

Pass mark for each assessment, module and course: 40%

Additional Costs

Course fees are detailed on the college website and include examination fees and registration with Ulster University.

Additional costs will be incurred including:

  • Personal therapy (approximately £40 per hour) for a minimum of twenty sessions
  • Clinical Supervision (Approximately £35 - £40 per hour - student rates may be available) ratios are 1:5 in the first 30 hours and 1:8 in the remaining 120 hours approximately).
  • BACP Student membership
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance
  • Access NI


The Foundation Degree in Counselling is accredited by the National Counselling Society (NCS). 
Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:

Students are required to:

Pass each module studied with a minimum of 40% to gain the FdSc.

Secure your own placement.

Undertake 20 hours of personal therapy during the lifetime of the programme and provide evidence of this before being awarded.

Choose an approved Ulster University Supervisor from the list and arrange a meeting prior to agency work (which commences in year 2) - the supervision ratio must be followed to ensure work is ethical. Students must complete 150 placement hours and follow the ratio of 1:5 in the first 30 hours and then 1:8 in the remaining 120 hours of practice. A supervision record must be maintained (see placement handbook)

Pinpoint an Agency Mentor within placement as a contact to oversee the practicalities of meeting with clients and to advise in relation to agency policy.

Pinpoint a qualified counsellor within placement to screen and oversee their client caseload as a trainee counsellor.




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