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Blackburn College

Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy

UCAS Code: B990

Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

Entry requirements


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All applicants must show that they have a good level of spoken or written English, and if English is not your first language you’ll need to demonstrate the ability to study in English. Applicants without formal qualifications but with relevant and substantial work experience in an empowering, supporting or listening role will be considered for entry to the programme subject to the interview process and appropriate diagnostic tests. All applicants will be required to attend a formal interview, partake in a group exercise and submit a small piece of reflective writing. The design of this follows ‘best practice guidance’ and ensures that applicants will be able to demonstrate an ability to engage with the core competences of the programme. These are: 1. the ability to engage in productive and respectful discussion with others who may have differing opinions. 2. the ability to reflect on ones’ own performance. This can be undertaken orally if the candidate prefers and 3. the ability to represent oneself in a formal arena when exploring personal rationale and past experiences. This will form part of the interview process for every candidate and involve several members of the teaching team to ensure that the decision to offer a place does not rest with a sole member of staff. A minimum of two staff members will form the interview panel and similarly two (other) staff members will observe the group discussion. The reflective writing task is explained by a staff member who has observed the discussion. The applicant’s written work is then read and considered by all staff members who have met with the group of applicants in either capacity. Hence there will be a minimum of four staff members involved in the interview

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About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2021

Our Foundation Degree in Counselling, validated by Lancaster University, qualifies you as a therapeutic counsellor working with individuals experiencing a range of mild to moderate mental health challenges. Upon completion you will be able to work as part of a team providing counselling and making use of a range of therapeutic interventions. Upon completion of the course you could move to study BA (Hons) Counselling top up which will enable you to work more independently as a qualified counsellor. This is a popular course at University Centre at Blackburn College. The Centre is ideal for this qualification as it is small enough to get a sense of a community but large enough to support you fully - the ideal setting for a counselling qualification.

The experienced teaching team will complement your studies with their experience in the voluntary, private and statutory sectors - every one of them is a practicing counsellor who will be able to add to your learning experience , develop your knowledge and skills and provide real insight into the role of a counsellor. Each year we have an Annual Conference where employers and counselling practitioners share with you the most up to date developments in counselling. We also have a dedicated 'placement tutor' whose job is to help you find a placement, support your work there and help you to have a good learning experience

Modules

In addition to attending classroom lectures you will also complete 100 hours of supervised counselling practice. We have strong employer links to counselling organisations to help source your placement.

Modules include:

Level 4 (all modules are mandatory):
?Person Centred Skills
?The Practice Framework
?Psychological Foundations of Therapy
?Building the Therapeutic Relationship
?Personal Development and Resilience
?Research Project 1

Level 5 (all modules are mandatory):
?Integrative and Contemporary Practice
?Professional Practice and Supervision
?Mental Health
?Brief Interventions
?Interpersonal Communication
?Research Project 2

During the programme you will find that there are some additional costs. These include:
?Student Membership of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BCAP) – a cost of around £76 for the year
?Professional Indemnity Insurance – this can cost between £45 and £150 depending on the insurance that you choose
?Monthly clinical supervision costs – typically between £20-60 per month
?You will also incur the costs of travel to/from counselling placements.

Assessment methods

Throughout the course a full range of assessment techniques will be used. You could be assessed by examinations, including open-book examinations, practical assessments, assignments, briefs, essays, presentations (including group presentations), reports and portfolio building.

Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examinations, open book examinations, group projects, essays, assignments or briefs, presentations, group presentations, portfolio building, self-assessment, peer assessments and a dissertation.

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Blackburn College

Department:

Business, Health and Technology

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