Counselling, Foundation degree (Guildford College)

Counselling, Foundation degree (Guildford College)

Research into counselling outcomes has consistently demonstrated that it is the quality of the relationship between the client and counsellor that has the most profound effect. It is this quality of the relationship - based on a deep knowledge of the self and the other - that lies at the heart of this course. The theoretical framework is humanistic with the clinical focus on person-centred and Gestalt theory and practice. These schools of thought are best understood within an existential view of life and the individual, allied to notions of freedom of choice, self-responsibility and the search for meaning based on genuineness and self-realisation. Skills development includes working creatively in therapy and explores the theory and methods such as bodywork, imagery and dreams.

Course features include:

  • BACP accredited course - the key benchmark for counselling training to competent practitioner
  • Designed to provide recognition for practical, work-based learning and experience and skills students may have already acquired in counselling or related fields
  • Will enable you to evaluate theory and practice and begin to reflect critically on their work and the work of others
  • Aims to produce counsellors who can establish an effective therapeutic relationship with their clients and work with a broad variety of issues knowing strategies to address these issues
  • Delivered on a flexible basis catering to different needs and work patterns of students

UCAS code

B942 F FdSc/C


Guildford College

Entry requirements

Evidence of counselling training to certificate level in both theory and skills (minimum 120 hours tuition) as well as appropriate life experience and interest in working with people. You must be at least 21 years old. Group and individual interviews take place April-August and last approximately 3 hours including a written test


Lectures and seminars are offered in each subject and you will also have regular tutorial contact and progress reviews. You will be assessed through written assignments, practical observations (tutor, peer and self-reflection), theory assignments, learning portfolios, presentations, case studies, work with audio, video and transcripts.

Career options

Top up to a degree in one year on the Counselling BA Hons at the College, following successful completion of the Foundation Degree, to expand your understanding of counselling practices or apply for alternative degrees at related institutions. Opportunities include a practising counsellor in counselling centres, agencies, surgeries, hospitals, schools, businesses and private practices or related fields.

Year 1

  • Academic skills for professional practice; clinical practice - existential theories of the world and the person
  • Personal development - deeper awareness of self, other and relationships
  • Professional development - issues around practice
  • Work-based learning - informal placement progressing towards clinical placement.

Year 2

  • Integration of theory and practice - creative and experimental practices and other models
  • Personal Integration through practising: develop a style in clinical work
  • Deepening attention: professional and personal development

You are entitled to a variety of support, dependent on personal eligibility, mode of study and family income.

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