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