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. The work placement and a supervisor must be sourced by yourselves and the cost of the supervision will be paid by yourself.

  • Shena Simon Campus
  • Full Time
  • 1 year
  • September 2024

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

• Good level of spoken or written English

• Successful applicants will need a satisfactory current enhanced DBS

All candidates will be invited in for a formal interview and will need to complete an assessment task – skills demonstration and reflective writing activity
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) will be accepted in line with the University policy and procedures. This will mean that RPL paperwork will need to be completed and approved by an RPL panel.

All candidates who do not meet the standard entry requirement 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.

We understand that not all applicants may have these and encourage you to contact us to discuss further options available.

UCEN Manchester is unable to consider international applications due to UKVI regulations.

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 £86 per year, professional indemnity insurance £50-£100 per year.
Placements charge nominal fee up to £60 per month.
Digital recording device £50 (phones are not allowed).

Student rates for supervisor costs start around £40.00 per hour, you will need 2 hours per month and be required for a minimum of 10 months.

UCEN Manchester does not provide supervisors directly. However, we do have affiliate supervisors that we would recommend, subject to availability.

(These fees are approx. and the professional bodies and supervisor’s costs may change)

You will have to cover the travel costs from and to the placement and supervision sessions.

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.

In this year you will need to complete 100 hours supervised work placement which will be supported with a clinical supervisor. The work placement and a supervisor must be sourced by yourselves and the cost of the supervision will be paid by yourself.

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