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East Durham College launches new Foundation degree (FdA) in counselling

East Durham College is extremely proud to announce, that from September 2017, the college will be offering a Foundation degree (FdA) in counselling to complement the level 2 and level 3 courses it has been successfully running for many years.

East Durham College, in partnership with The University of Sunderland, will run the course at the College’s Peterlee Campus and provide vital training for people working in this important field of social care.

Paula Crosby, who has worked as a counsellor for 14 years and lecturers on the foundation degree, said: “After successfully delivering the level 2 and 3 counselling courses for many years, the College is now extremely proud to be offering this important progression course.

“This course will allow students to study at level 5, part-time over two years, to become qualified as a counselling practitioner; enabling them to gain work in this important field as a counsellor within an organisation or self-employed in a private practice.

“This is a highly practical course, which combines academic study and work-based learning and successful students can also decide to study for a third year at the University of Sunderland to gain a full BA (Hons) degree in Counselling.”

Graeme Blench, Vice Principal for Quality & Curriculum, who leads on the development of the College’s higher education offer, added: “The number of people seeking mental health treatment in the UK is on the rise.

“Figures show that more and more people are visiting their GPs with anxiety, stress and other mental health concerns. It is therefore vital that a sufficient number of high-quality counselling professionals are being trained to help fulfil this growing need.

“We are delighted to further develop our collaborative provision with The University of Sunderland. I know that students will receive first class tuition and training, they will enjoy the programme and be fully equipped for progression the counselling profession.”

Dr Penelope G. JohnsonDr Penelope G. Johnson, Foundation Degree Programme Leader in the University of Sunderland’s School of Psychology, commented: “This is an exciting development for the University of Sunderland and our partnership with East Durham College.

“The rise of people with mental health issues or trying to cope with stress and anxiety means we need ever more people with the high-level skills to support them.

“The programme has been designed so the students graduating from it have the skills to do just that and we’re delighted to be involved.”

If you would like to apply or find out more about our Counselling Foundation Degree or other counselling courses, please check out our Counselling Courses section of the website or call 0191 518 8222.