• Course
    Overview
  • Units and
    Structure
  • Entry
    Requirements
  • Tutors and
    Support

Course Overview

Students will learn how to integrate different counselling models and how to tailor them to meet clients’ unique needs.

Cognitive behavioural and solution focused approaches will be integrated within a wide theory base, which will include systemic, psychodynamic and humanistic concepts. The three year full time course will equip students to work as clinical practitioners in a variety of settings, the content having been specifically selected to meet needs of newly qualified counsellors who will encounter a cost conscious and evidence based approach to counselling delivery.

Level
Level 4 Level 5 Level 6
Duration
3 years
Awarding Body
University of Hull
Department
​​​​​Foundation for Counselling and Relationship Studies
Course Fees
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Units and Structure

Aims of the course

This programme aims to

  • To develop a critical understanding of theoretical approaches and their application
  • To develop an enhanced understanding of complex practice issues
  • To enhance practitioners’ professional skills
  • To gain academic competence and enhance research skills
  • To enable students to develop and apply reflexivity in its multiple contexts
  • To enhance employability in a variety of sectors

Students’ needs are at the forefront of, and inform, the learning experience. Tutors on the programme will facilitate and help enhance the holistic development of the students, professionally, personally and academically.

The course aims to stimulate students to increase their confidence in their own ability to grow as learners and as practitioners.

Students are encouraged to think for themselves, using their own research to enable their development.

Course Contents

Year one

The first year will concentrate on teaching students common factors in counselling (including the therapeutic relationship), exploring the principles of the therapeutic relationship and introducing a variety of theoretical models. Ethics and safeguarding will be taught and students will be encouraged to develop self awareness and reflexivity. Role play and practice skills will be a feature to prepare students to work with clients from the second year onwards.

  • Module 1 Common Factors
  • Module 2 The Therapeutic Relationship
  • Module 3 Theoretical Principles
  • Module 4 Attachment and Loss
  • Module 5 Ethical Practice
  • Module 6 The Self of the Counsellor

Year two

The second year will build on the knowledge gained in year 1, target more specific client presentations and incorporate a supervised clinical practice element in a recognised placement (50 hours). Students will have the opportunity to approach counselling and therapeutic theories from different perspectives and link concepts to practice in a reflexive, free flowing manner. Specific modules will be dedicated to research, clinical supervision and difference and diversity. Module 12 will be dedicated to supervised clinical practice in the placement centre.

  • Module 7 CBT Principles
  • Module 8 Research Principles
  • Module 9 Supervision and Practice Principles
  • Module 10 Further Theoretical Principles
  • Module 11 Diversity and Difference
  • Module 12 Clinical Practice

Final year

Year three will offer a series of modules, such as working with specific client bases and problems. It will provide theoretical support and assistance in accurate decision making and treatment planning. The approach is concentrated on utilising the clients’ own resources and capabilities to solve issues and promote self-awareness, self-worth and self-confidence.

Module 17 will run through the year and feature a reflexive dissertation based on clinical practice, enabling students to showcase their integration of theories into clinical practice. Students who successfully complete year 3 will be awarded a BA (Hons) degree in Contemporary Relational Counselling.

  • Module 13 Working with Complex Presentations
  • Module 14 Relational Research
  • Module 15 Challenges in Relational Counselling
  • Module 16 Further Challenges in Relational Counselling
  • Module 17 Reflexive Clinical Practice

Course assessment

Assessment methods will vary and include the following:

  •  Peer assessed role plays
  • Case Studies
  • Case presentations
  • Theory based written assignments
  • Production of documentation for clients (flyers, website information)
  • Research projects
  • Portfolio (informed by learning journal kept throughout the course)
  • Reflexive critical response to learning and practice

Entry Requirements

You'll need to have:

Prospective students must have:

  • GCSE English language and Maths Grade C or above or equivalent
  • Basic counselling skills at Level 2 or equivalent
  • 80 UCAS tariff points
  • Access to HE Diploma in a related programme with at least 45 credits at Level 3
  • Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

Selection process

Applicants satisfying the entry requirements will attend an interview with the Course Director.

We may use selection criteria based on personal attributes and or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from the personal statement and reference supplied in the application.

As students may be working with vulnerable adults an enhanced DBS is within the remit of the placement provider and students will be advised of this.


For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.

Tutors and Student Support

Michèle Logue

Michèle Logue


Student Support and Facilities

As a student, you’ll have access to a wide range of facilities, services and support, including:

  • Step outside the classroom  and access our state of the art facilities as well as 3 huge Learning Resource Centres with thousands of resources to use
  • With hands-on experience you’ll be prepared for employment with a competitive edge.
  • A dedicated impartial careers advice team to help you on your future path
  • Our wide range of courses means that we can offer the right paths to get you where you need to be
  • Our Hub campus is right in the heart of the town centre meaning you can find your way to us easily
  • Outstanding student support throughout your studies with us.

Progression and Employment

Progression Opportunities

The Foundation for Counselling and Relationship Studies at DNCG(UCD) offers progression to a Masters in Contemporary Relationship Studies and an MSc in Contemporary Psychosexual Therapy.

Potential Career Opportunities

Newly qualified practitioners will be well placed to apply for posts requiring rapid decision making, a high level of knowledge and skills; such as high intensity work in the NHS, educational, work place counselling, the voluntary and welfare sector. In this rapidly changing world more and more employers require highly trained clinical practitioners to meet their clients’ demands.

 

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Want to apply for this course?

You'll need to have:

Prospective students must have:

  • GCSE English language and Maths Grade C or above or equivalent
  • Basic counselling skills at Level 2 or equivalent
  • 80 UCAS tariff points
  • Access to HE Diploma in a related programme with at least 45 credits at Level 3
  • Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

Selection process

Applicants satisfying the entry requirements will attend an interview with the Course Director.

We may use selection criteria based on personal attributes and or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from the personal statement and reference supplied in the application.

As students may be working with vulnerable adults an enhanced DBS is within the remit of the placement provider and students will be advised of this.


For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.


GCSE Grades are changing from 2017. Need to know more? Click here for information.

Application & Enrolment

To apply for this course full-time, you need to do so via Ucas. To apply for it part-time, you need to fill in an application form.

Ucas Code:

Provider Name: DN Colleges Group

Institution Code: N64

Campus Code: D

Click here for Application Information