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Foundation Degree (FdA) in Counselling Year1

Course Level: 

Foundation Degree

Job opportunities after this course: 

The course qualifies you as a Counselling Practitioner (a professional Counsellor). You can progress to the BA Honours Degree (a one-year part-time course) at the University of Sunderland.

Overview of the course: 

This programme is offered by East Durham College working in partnership with the University of Sunderland. The award that you will receive will be from the University of Sunderland.

This course will provide an understanding of the theory, skills and expertise required to work as a professional Counsellor as well as providing progression to higher levels of study in this subject at degree level.

For all the current information on this course on the University of Sunderland's website, please follow this link:

Entry requirements: 

• Level 3 Certificate in Counselling.
• GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent qualifications) in Mathematics and English. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

You would normally be in voluntary or paid work as a Counsellor or undertaking (or about to undertake) paid or voluntary work in a setting which will allow you to practice counselling skills. You may also be required to attend an interview.

There is a course requirement stipulating that all students need to acquire student membership of the BACP at own cost prior to beginning counselling practice in a placements. Prospective students are advised to consult the BACP for the latest information on student membership.

If English is not your first language, please refer to the University of Sunderland English Language requirements:

Entry onto any course at East Durham College is subject to final approval from the Assistant Principal. Where relevant, the term ‘entry requirements’ also includes DBS checks, references, fitness to practice, etc.


Modules on this course include:

Year 1 (national level 4)
• Personal Development (20 Credits)
• Counselling Skills Practice and Development (20 Credits)
• Professional Issues (20 Credits)
• Core Model of Counselling (varies depending upon the college: humanistic / cognitive behavioural / person- centred and cognitive behavioural) (30 Credits)
• Comparative Models of Counselling (30 Credits)

Year 2 (national level 5)

• Personal Development 2 (20 Credits)
• Supervised Counselling Practice (40 Credits)
• Counselling Research (20 Credits)
• Contemporary Issues in Counselling (40 Credits)

This is a highly practical course, which combines academic study and work-based learning. The elements of the course which are taught in the college include lectures, discussions, case studies and workshops.

How is the course assessed?: 

Teaching methods include seminars, group work, presentations and debates. Assessment will be by essays, reports and presentations.

Further study options after this course: 

Successful completion of the Foundation Degree in Counselling can lead to the final year of the BA (Honours) Degree in Counselling at the University of Sunderland.

Length of the course: 

Work based part time, over two years.


A minimum of 450 guided learning hours, taught over 33 weeks at 7 hours each week plus self-directed learning.


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

16th September 2020

More important information about this course:


*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (14 Feb 2020 21:10) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.
Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.
98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve
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