Course Name: FdA Counselling

Entry Requirements

Entry is through an application form, interview and references. As a minimum you will have to have achieved a Level 3 (NQF) or equivalent counselling training, or have at least one year within clinical practice in a supervised counselling agency. You will need to demonstrate a level of maturity and a commitment to personal and professional development required on the course. This course is delivered in partnership with Teesside University at Darlington College

There is a requirement to attend each of the personal development weekend workshops (2 in each year).

What's Involved

Course overview

This course provides professional training in counselling through which you will acquire both a sound theoretical framework and the practitioner skills required to work safely and effectively as a counsellor. The core model of the course is the personal-centred approach with aspects of psychodynamic and cognitive behaviour therapy explored as comparative approaches.

You will be required to undertake a minimum of 100 hours supervised clinical practice with a recognised counselling agency, and undertake a minimum of 20 hours (10 hours in each year) of personal therapy. You shall be expected to attend two mandatory weekend workshops each year, for which there shall be a charge.

Course subject to viable numbers.

Course Assessment Method

To achieve the foundation degree you will need both to demonstrate academic and clinical competence. This is achieved through a variety of written academic assignments, oral presentations, observation and reflection of practice together with records of supervised clinical practice within a counselling agency and completion of individual personal therapy.

What's Next

You can apply to the BA (Hons) in Therapeutic Counselling (top-ups). Also you may wish to pursue BACAP accreditation.

What if I Need Support

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

What does it Cost?

This course is an award of Teesside University delivered in partnership with Darlington College.

Course fee is paid directly to Teesside. Full details of course fees are available from Teesside University. The finance department can be reached on 01642 342172.

All fees are per year.

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Course Information
Qualification Type:
Level: Level 5
Awarding Body:
Academic Year: 20/21
Start Date: September 2020

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