Counselling Theory and Practice

at Shrewsbury Colleges Group

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Shrewsbury Colleges Group
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Full-time, long
2 Years

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This is a two-year counselling course and is designed to meet the evolving markets and increasing uptake of the listening therapies across a breadth of employment areas.

As well as areas typically anticipated within the province of Health and Social Care, the programme may interest those within management and human resources. In essence the programme provides the opportunity for individuals from a wide range of background to develop their counselling knowledge and skills to establish the basic foundations for entering the counselling profession or to augment their existing professional practice. It leads to a professional counselling qualification and can be included towards BACP Accreditation.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: FdSc Counselling Theory and Practice

Course content

The course is designed to meet the evolving markets and increasing uptake of the listening therapies across a breadth of employment areas such as education, medicine, the care sector, management and human resources. High quality training, grounded in the Humanistic approach provides the opportunity for students from a wide range of backgrounds to develop their counselling knowledge, skills and professional practice in readiness for practise in a variety of settings. The supervised practice hours associated with this qualification can be included towards BACP Accreditation.

The Foundation Degree comprises the following modules, at Level Four and Level Five:

    • Counselling Theory – Person-centred, Gestalt, Existential and CBT
    • Personal Development 1
    • Study Skills for Higher Education
    • Placement Preparation
    • Practice and Development 1
    • Human Development
    • Research Methods
    • Personal Development 2
    • Practice and Development 2
    • Working with Loss and Grief

On successful completion of the course you will be a fully qualified practitioner equipped to gain employment as a professional counsellor or to set-up your own private counselling practice.

You will need to undertake a 100 hour placement as part of the course.

This course is awarded by Staffordshire University and further information is available in the attached course specification.

Assessment is based on practical and written assignments, presentations and placement portfolio.


The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Entry requirements

This is an advanced programme for those people who have intermediate counselling qualifications of approximately 150 hours at level 3 or equivalent. 100 hours of supervised counselling practice

For equivalent entry requirements in your home country, please see the information on our country pages.

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Working as a counsellor for charities, agencies, in the NHS and in schools and colleges.

A number of former students have as used their qualification in wellbeing and managerial roles.

Teaching and assessment


We know that our students learn in different ways. To help everyone get the most out of their studies, we teach through a combination of lectures, workshops, and practical sessions. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor (or equivalent) at least twice a year to help support you in your studies. You will be taught in high-quality learning spaces throughout your course, and of course will have access to virtual learning environments to enhance your learning opportunities. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.


Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module will give you a variety of opportunities to receive informal feedback from your tutor. These may include classroom discussions, discussions in the virtual learning environment, presentations, milestone assessments, and practice assessments. Informal feedback is developmental and any grades you may receive for these do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.


You will normally receive feedback on formal coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats, including one-to-one discussions with your tutor. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.


You will be taught be a number of experienced counsellors.

Year 1

22% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
78% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 2

15% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
85% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 1

10% practical assessments
90% coursework
0% written exams

Year 2

23% practical assessments
77% coursework
0% written exams


UK and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.


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