Course Type / Attendance

Part Time, Access to HE

Subject Area

Access to HE

Start Date


Course Length

1 year







Course Level


Award to be received

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Counselling Studies)

Regulatory Body


Awarding Body

ONE Awards

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Who is this course for?

This course is for those aged 19+ you want to apply for a university degree in counselling and related areas.

What do you need to apply for the course?

You’’ll need to have a full Level 2 Qualification such as four GCSEs at a grade C or above including GCSE English and Maths.

What are the key things you'll learn?

Graded Units, level 3, 9 credits :

Professional Skills  in Counselling, Counselling Theory, Fundamental Skills in Counselling, Personal Development, Psychology,

= 45 credits@ level 3


Ungraded units, ungraded :

Study Skills -Level 2, 6 credits, IT – level 2, 3 credits, Mathematics level 3, 3 credits, Communication Skills, level 3, 3 credits.

How you will learn

You will learn through lectures, tutorials, workshops and self-study.

Continuous Assessment which involves building a portfolio to include:

Essays, reports, research projects, academic posters, case studies.

Approximately 3 assignments per unit.

Deadlines and submission dates are set internally and are available on the Access Moodle website.

Where could this course take you?

University degree courses, Foundation Degree courses.

Progression to careers within the Counselling profession.

Opportunities for employment within the NHS, Doctors  Surgeries, Mental Health organisations, Caring Professions etc.

What costs will you incur?

£3,000.00 for daytime programme, £2,750.00 for the evening programme.

Students apply for a 19+ loan which is written off when a student completes their HE course. Fees will be charged when either the Access course or the HE course has not been completed.