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What makes Counselling at the University of Worcester 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?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

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?

During the first year, you will gain a solid grounding in the Person-Centred Approach and will develop skills, knowledge of other major approaches in counselling and personal awareness/development. Alongside this, you will also complete 50 hours of work-based learning, which means that you will need to be in paid or voluntary employment that will enable them to utilise your developing counselling skills.

During the second year, you will need to complete 150 hours of supervised counselling practice in addition to attending College.


The method of teaching is varied and will involve experiential as well as didactic teaching and learning. Learning on counselling practice will be an essential part of the course.

Assessment is through academic, experiential and work-based assignments/projects. There are no examinations.

The Course Handbook can be downloaded here


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 2018/19 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 2018/19 is £1,156 per 15 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. In addition, you will need to cover the cost of travelling to and from approved workplaces and placements in order to meet the requirement that you spend no fewer than 600 hours in practice over the duration of the course.


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 £98 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £159 per week.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

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UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



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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

Judith Davies