Person-centred Counselling Foundation degree

UCAS Code: (B941)

Location: Eastbourne (campus code E) or Lewes (Campus code L)

Study mode: Full-time

Duration: 2 Years

Qualification: FdSc

Person-centred Counselling is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).  You will develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to work as an effective person-centred counsellor within a range of working environments.

Course structure

Personal development forms an important part of the course.  The skills and professional attitudes of counselling are developed through small and large group work, seminars, creative workshops, tutored discussions and lectures.  The group process forms an important part of your learning.

Your progress and development is monitored through tutor, peer and self-assessment and specific assignments.  There will be a placement lasting 60 hours required working on a specific therapeutic area, or with a specific issue, and 1 ½ hours of supervision a month minimum. Study on campus is timetabled to cover 1 day per week during term time allowing students to maintain jobs and family life with the minimum of disruption.

Areas of study

The course is based on the person centred philosophy and therapy of Carl Rogers.  All course tutors are qualified and experienced person-centred counsellors.  Career and progression opportunities Counsellors now work in a wide range of services including; abuse services, drug and alcohol addiction, primary care counselling, relationship services, loss and bereavement, services for young people, mental health services and careers services as well as in private practice.  Qualification from the course will enable counsellors to work towards professional accreditation and to pursue higher education in counselling and counselling related fields.


Your progress and development is monitored through tutor, peer and self assessment and specific assignments.  You will complete 100 hours placement work.

Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff new system: 24 Points.  Applicants are invited from prospective students who have gained the necessary counselling skills in a related area to Counselling Skills certification such as through training in mental health areas in which counselling skills would have been a large part of the training. Deferred places are not accepted for this course. We welcome applicants with other qualifications or relevant experience to apply. Individual offers may vary. For the first year entry of this course you will be assessed by interview/audition.

International Baccalaureate: Individual Assessment

QAA-approved access course: Acceptable; subject-specific units

GCSE (minimum grade C): GCSE (minimum grade c) in English.

For non-native speakers of English: IELTS 6.0 overall, 6.0 in writing.


Applicants must have completed or be in the process of completing, a minimum of 60 hours counselling skills study at levels 2 & 3. They must demonstrate an ability to reflect upon like experiences and show an appropriate level of self-awareness, and an ability to evaluate basic counselling theory and beliefs.

This course is validated by the University of Brighton
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