Cookies on the Belfast Met website

We use cookies to ensure that you receive the best experience of our website. By continuing to use our website you are agreeing to our use of cookies. For more information about cookies and how to manage them, read our Cookie Policy.

Foundation Degree in Counselling- Year 1

Course Code: C5096
Campus: Millfield
Week Commencing: 17 Sep 18
18/19 Academic Year End Date:
26 May 19

This is a level 5 course, delivered over a 3 year period (part time) designed in order to address a specific need for counselling training which has become apparent in recent years.  The course is awarded by Ulster University and is accredited with National Counselling Society.

The programme covers a range of related counselling modules including:

 Understanding the Client in Context

Developing the Therapeutic Relationship

Personal Development

Humanistic Counselling


Cognitive Behavioural Approaches

Integrative Approach

Ethics and Professional Practice

Supervised Practice

Career Opportunities / Progression

Students who have successfully completed Foundation Degree (must include the 2 supervised practice modules), which is accredited by NCS, will be eligible to be named on the Professional Standards Register as a registered Counsellor.

In addition, those who complete the course may progress to related degree programmes including BSC (Hons) Professional Development in Counselling (top-up from the Foundation Degree) Level 6 and then to other Level 7 postgraduate courses.

Please note that additional academic or other requirements will be stipulated for each of these progression routes.



Entry Requirements

Students must be 18 years of age or over

To be eligible to apply you must:

• Provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE English Language grades A-C/ 4-9 or equivalent);
• Provide evidence of passes in five subjects, two of which must be at A level (grades A-E) and three at GCSE level* (grades A-C/4-9); or
• Provide evidence of passes in four subjects, three of which must be at A level (grades A-E) and one at GCSE level* (grades A- C/4-9); or
• Provide evidence of an approved qualification at an equivalent level such as a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma or Access to Higher Education qualification or equivalent; or
• Provide evidence, for a process of formal accreditation by the University, of learning you have gained through work or other experience.

Applicants will be invited for a pre-entry advice and guidance session.
Successful outcome of an interview process is a pre-requisite for entry to the Course.

 In the event of the course being oversubscribed, enhanced entry criteria may be applied e.g. prior completion of a counselling skills qualification and / or relevant experience in a helping capacity.

 All successful applicants must satisfy Enhanced Disclosure from Access NI which will incur a fee of approximately £33.


Tuition Fee


Fees relate to year 1 only

All fees are set in accordance with DfE regulations.

Important Information

The course involves a large element of practical skills role play assessment and students will be expected to reflect upon past and present life events. Students must undertake 150 hours of Supervised Practice during the course. This practice must be within an appropriate ‘agency’.

It is the responsibility of the students in negotiation with the Course Director to obtain a suitable placement that meets the requirements of the course.

Students will be expected to undertake Professional Supervision as part of their Practice. There is a cost associated with this at approximately £35.00 per hour. Students will also be expected to undertake Personal Therapy during the course; the cost for this is varies between £30.00 and £40.00 per hour.

Assessment Methods include:-

Case Studies

Completion of Personal Learning Journals


Seen/ Unseen Examinations

Contact Information

Contact: Department Secretary, tel: 028 9026 5442 or email: [email protected]