Foundation Degree Level 5
Leaflet Code: CR40237FT2


The Foundation Degree programme is designed to provide an academic pathway for individuals aspiring to work within the field of counselling, across the private, voluntary, independent and statutory sectors.

The programme has been developed in response to continuing demand for mental health services in the region.

The award reflects contemporary applications of humanistic counselling modalities applicable to a range of professional settings and equips the practitioner with the knowledge and skills recommended for best practice.

The educational focus of the programme involves students building on existing knowledge and skills to enable their professional and academic development, and supports the concept of lifelong learning and continuing professional development.

There is also a clear work-related element that reflects the need to apply knowledge and skills within the workplace and to reflect in detail on theory and practice in supervision. This will not only provide students with valuable work-related experience but also greatly enhance their employability on completion of the programme. In year 2 of the Foundation Degree you will need to complete 100 hours supervised work placement which will be supported with a clinical supervisor.

  • Shena Simon Campus
  • Full Time
  • 1 year
  • September 2023

Awarding Partner:

Sheffield Hallam University

You will be taught by a team of experienced educators with a wealth of knowledge and experience from the counselling profession.

All staff have or are working towards higher level Master’s and/or professional industry-based qualifications. Our staff maintain strong links with Sheffield Hallam University and regularly update their knowledge and skills with the university and through sector links and professional communities of practice.

• Level 4 diploma in therapeutic counselling or equivalent

All candidates will be invited in for an interview and will be required to complete a written essay and carry out an individual presentation, to assess their suitability for the programme.

Advanced Counselling Skills (20 credits)

Advanced Ethics and Legal Principles within Counselling (20 credits)

Advanced Self-Awareness for Counsellors (20 credits)

Advanced Theory of Person-Centred Counselling (20 credits)

Research and Evidence Based Practice in Counselling (20 credits)

Work Placement (20 credits)

Level 5
100% Coursework including written, discussions and presentations

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All of the books required for the course are available either from the library or as e-books. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. You may also need to print assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop and up to £60 each year for books and printing If undertaking work experience (which may be paid or unpaid) you may also need to factor in travel costs to your place of work.

BACP student membership £85 per year, insurance £50-£100 per year.
Placements charge nominal fee up to £60 per month.
Digital recording device £50 (phones are not allowed).

You may be required to have an enhanced DBS check for this course to ensure you meet both our and industry safeguarding requirements. Please note there will be an additional cost to your course fees to cover Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. Please see the GOV.UK website for DBS costs.

(These fees are approx. and the professional bodies may change)

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here, full details of which can be found here. The UCEN Manchester Admissions Policy and Procedure can be found here.