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Who is this course for?

This course is for adults that would like to study on a Higher Education programme in Counselling i.e. the Foundation Degree in Counselling, but need to gain the required entry qualifications.

What do you need to apply for the course?

You must be aged 19 or over at the start of the academic year. You’’ll need to have a full Level 2 Qualification such as four GCSEs at a grade C or above including GCSE English and or the Test the City numeracy and literacy at Level 2.

What are the key things you'll learn?

This course covers the fundamental skills in counselling including:

  • Personal development in counselling
  • Study skills
  • IT skills for access
  • Professional skills for counselling
  • Counselling theory
  • Project writing skills

How you will learn

You will learn through writing a reflective journal, personal development exercises, observed skills practice, peer and tutor feedback, mini lectures, group presentations, essay and report writing and an access research project.

Where could this course take you?

After successfully completing the course you will be able to apply for a Higher Education course e.g. Foundation Degree in Counselling.

What costs will you incur?

If you are aged between 19 and 23 years old (on the first day of your course) and do not already have a full Level 3 of higher qualification, you will not have to pay course fees. This may be different for learners studying on a course in the workplace.


If you are aged 19 or over, on the first day of your course, studying at Level 3 or above, you are able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs of your course, similar to arrangements for higher education students.