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Diploma (HE) in Counselling Level 5

Ashington Campus
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University of Cumbria

Diploma (HE) in Counselling Level 5

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Who is the course for?

This part time Dip (HE) in Counselling offers the opportunity to gain the essential knowledge, in-depth self-understanding, and practical abilities to become an ethical and effective counselling practitioner. The programme fulfils the current training criteria for application for accreditation as a counsellor/psychotherapist with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy post-qualification. It is not suitable for people looking for psychological assistance to deal with personal issues.

Do I need any formal qualifications?

You must hold the NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Counselling or an equivalent certificate from an alternative awarding body. Learners require a good level of oral and written English to participate in the course, ideally Level 2 (GCSE) which is required to read handouts, and write assignments. You will also be expected to produce assignments in a word-processed format.

You will be required to attend an initial assessment and discuss your enrolment prior to enrolling with your counselling tutor. Please contact Louise Sutton or Jill Hedley on 01670 841200 Ex 262 or by email, on louise.sutton@northland.ac.uk or jill.hedley@northland.ac.uk

What will I study on the course?

The programme has a Person-Centred core model and philosophy, however also includes learning about other therapeutic approaches and contemporary developments within the broader spectrum of Person-Centred/Humanistic models. Our experienced and supportive team will work with you to develop your therapeutic skill, confidence and resilience in your work with clients on supervised practice, which runs alongside attendance at university. The programme has been designed to equip you to work well with a wide range of clients in different settings and to acquire and develop a range of professional skills applicable to a variety of related roles and employment opportunities.

The programme consists of the following units:

- HLLC4010 Foundation in Person Centred Theory

- HLLC4020 Personal and Professional Development 1

- HLLC4030 Self in Context Embracing Diversity

- HLLC4040 Being in Relationship

- HLLC4050 Personal and Professional Development 2

- HLLC5010 Theory for Practice

- HLLC5020 Personal and Professional Development 3

- HLLC5030 Personal and Professional Development 4

- HLLC5040 Grief, Loss and Trauma

- HLLC5050 Therapeutic Diversity

- HLLC5060 Personal and Professional Development 5

The course runs for 3 years, 9.30am-4.30pm, one day per week for 7 hours and a requirement for 2 mandatory days as part of the personal development module. In the 2nd and 3rd year, alongside studies, a requirement of a minimum of 100 supervised hours of counselling practice with clients in a suitable counselling placement. As part of personal development, learners are expected to have 10 personal counselling sessions over the course of their studies.

The course consists of a participative approach using tutor input, role plays, discussions, independent research, group and paired work, case studies and demonstrations backed up with handouts to reinforce learning. This includes skills practice which will be assessed through observation and reflection. Personal commitment, ability to meet deadlines and regular attendance is essential.

Written assignments will be required with evidence which demonstrates the achievement of all learning outcomes and assessment criteria associated with each module. Evidence will also be gathered by assessor observation and witness testimony.

Learners studying this course may do so as they wish to progress towards further Qualifications or may be learners who wish to study the programme in order to complement other programmes (such as Health and Social Care or Children s Care, Learning and Development)

Following completion, you may be eligible to apply for entry to a Level 6 qualification such as BA (Hons) Degree in Counselling or MA Counselling (if you already hold a degree in another subject area).

Higher Education learners are entitled to apply for HE Loans that cover the cost of tuition. In addition, depending on your chosen course of study and individual circumstances, you may be entitled to a maintenance loan. You may also qualify for a college bursary All learners can also apply for help with the cost of travel to college and the college may be able to help with the costs of childcare, travel, books, equipment and meals for learners resident in houses where income is below £25000 annually.

For more information our Help Hub team is available on 01670 841 200 or email helphub@northland.ac.uk

How can I apply for this course?

Apply online by clicking here and registering, alternatively please contact our Help Hub on 01670 841 200, email helphub@northland.ac.uk or drop in to one of our open events.

Alternatively, if this is the course for you please click Book and Enrol Now – please note this option is only available for certain courses.

Where can I get any further information about the course?

You may find further information within this website including within case studies and our media gallery. You may also come along to an open event – dates of college events are listed here http://www.northumberland.ac.uk/events/

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