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What makes Counselling with the University of Worcester at Hereford and Ludlow College special?

At Worcester, we focus on a person-centred counselling model. Throughout the programme, you will develop the skills required to provide the empathetic and transparent therapeutic relationship that is the basis of the person-centred approach.

This foundation degree will equip you with everything you need to practice as a counsellor in a number of settings, as well as providing an ideal opportunity for those who would like to enhance their current role with qualified counsellor status.

Key features

  • Flexible locations: this programme is delivered by Herefordshire and Ludlow College
  • Close collaboration with counselling agencies and employers leading to excellent placement opportunities
  • Meets the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy’s core competencies
  • Flexible progression opportunities, whether on to further study with a one year top-up degree, or in to employment in a range of settings, from education and the NHS to agencies addressing specific issues like bereavement or alcohol abuse

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

A Level 3 qualification in Counselling Skills (minimum of 120 hours tuition, which includes both theory and skills).

Passes at C/4 and above in 4 GCSE subjects, including English Language or equivalent.

All offers are subject to satisfactory Health and DBS Disclosure Clearances.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

  • Person-Centred Approaches in Counselling
  • Personal & Professional Development (1)
  • Comparative Theoretical Approaches
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Social, Political & Cultural Context of Counselling
  • Counselling Children & Young People
  • Independent Work-based Learning (1)

Year 2

  • Introduction to Counselling Research
  • Personal & Professional Development (2)
  • Developing the Skills of Person-Centred Counselling
  • Introduction to Counselling Ethics & the Law Relating to Counselling
  • Counselling for Loss & Grief
  • Independent Work-based Learning (2)


Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching and Learning

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.


You are taught through a combination of experiential workshops, lectures, seminars and practical sessions. Experiential workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to encourage learning through experiencing and the exploration of personal awareness through this process. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures, and skills practice sessions are focused on developing counselling skills and the application of theory into practice. 

In addition, meetings with your personal academic tutor are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in the second year.

You have the opportunity to undertake a work-based learning placement of 50hrs in the first year of the course, incorporating a work-related project supervised by a work-based mentor and the course tutor. 

In the second year, you have the opportunity to undertake a counselling placement of 100hrs, overseen by work-based supervisors and the course tutor. 

Contact time

In a typical week you will have 6.5 contact hours of teaching (with additional tutorial time). The precise contact hours will depend on the scheduled activities and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to undertake more independent study. 

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • 2 hours of experiential workshops
  • 1 hour of lectures (whole group)
  • 1 hour of seminars in groups of around 4 students
  • 1.5 hours of supervised counselling skills practice
  • 1 hour of counselling supervision

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 12 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

As part of your development in self-awareness, you are required to undertake 20 hours of personal therapy in each year of the course.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes highly qualified therapists and experienced academics, together with supervision expertise and technical support.

Teaching is informed by research and consultancy, with 80 per cent of course lecturers having undertaken postgraduate research and have a higher education teaching qualification.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments. Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.  

Assessment methods comprise a range of coursework assessments such as journals, personal-development plans, reflective reports, leaflet design, portfolios, case studies and presentations, as well as counselling skills assessments. In the first year there is an independent work-based learning project and in the second year an independent research project.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the year of study: The formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1
1 x 2 journal extracts
1 personal-development plan
1 individual presentation
2 group presentations
5 reflective reports
1 counselling skills assessment
1 work-based learning portfolio (including project report)

Year 2
1 x 2 journal extracts
1 personal-development plan
2 individual presentations
2 reflective reports
1 leaflet design
1 case study
2 counselling skills assessments
1 counselling placement portfolio (including reflective report)
1 independent research project (including research proposal)


You will receive feedback on practice assessments, counselling skills and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutor and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.


Where could it take you?


The course will place you in an excellent position to meet possible training requirements for counsellor registration. The Foundation Degree in Counselling can help you obtain employment in a variety of settings such as schools & colleges, the NHS, different counselling agencies (e.g. bereavement, alcohol) and private practice. The qualification may also enhance possibilities for development in an existing role.

The course offers an opportunity for progression to a one year Top-up to a BSc in Counselling at the University of Worcester. Progression to the final year of other undergraduate degrees in Counselling may also be possible.

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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2019/20 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for part-time UK and EU students registering on this foundation degree in the academic year 2019/20 is £1,156 per 15 credit module and £2,313 per 30 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £102 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £165 per week (2019/20 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Course tutor

Wendy Platt

Link Tutor

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