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Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling Based on TA Level 5 (BACP accredited)

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This programme is quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion.


Who is the course for?

The Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis is designed for individuals seeking a recognised accredited qualification as a counsellor and the opportunity to develop personally and professionally, using Transactional Analysis theory as a main theoretical model.

This programme has been developed and is delivered and assessed by Peter Symonds College, and is awarded and quality assured by Middlesex University. Students will receive an award from Middlesex University on successful completion.

What are the aims of the course?

The course aims to build upon the knowledge, understanding and skills gained on the Level 3 course and to enable individulas to develop further both personally and professionally, the knowledge, skills and attitude of a humanistic counsellor, using transactional analysis theory as a main theoretical model. The course aims to enable students to become reflexive, competent and ethcial practitioners.

What does the course involve?

Course attendance is one evening per week, plus 10 weekends (Friday 14.00-21.00 and Sat 09.30-17.30).

Students will develop an awareness of the ethical and professional responsibilities of a counsellor and practise accordingly, applying a humanistic approach and TA model to client work. Students will also use supervision and personal therapy to support their personal and professional development. The course involves working as a trainee counsellor during Year 2 (Level 5).

Our aim is to offer a flexible approach to learning. Our foundation degrees are classified as full time so that you can draw down a student loan. We use a 'blended approach to learning' where students are supported through a mixture of formal lectures, seminars, online materials and one to one tutorial support. Lecture and reading materials will be placed on the Moodle and each subject will have a discussion forum where you will be able to ask questions if you want to clarify an aspect of an assignment etc.

What topics will I be covering?

Course structure and module gridThere are three main threads running through the two year course: Theory, Professional Development and Personal Development. 

Do I need any previous knowledge or entry qualifications?

Applicants for this course should have sucessfully completed a Level 3 course in Counselling Skills, e.g. ABC Diploma in Counselling Skills, as well as a TA101 Certificate. Please note that we offer the TA101 course at various times throughout the Spring and Summer term.

All students must have a GCSE English (or equivalent) at grade C or above.

How much time do I need to spend on home study?

We suggest that in Year 1 you will spend a minimum of an additional 8 hours a week on the course, although this will differ from individual to individual. This involves personal therapy, finding a placement, reading around the subject, maintaining a Personal Reflective Learning Journal and researching and assignment writing.

In Year 2 time will be spent in the approved agency undertaking 1:1 counselling with clients, attending agency supervision and maybe team days in the agency. Time will be spent also on preparation for supervision, research, preparation for presentations, reading around and assignment writing.

What can the course lead to?

On completing the Foundation Degree you will be able to join the BACP Register and Individual accreditation by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Students may apply to study for one further year to achieve a full BA (Hons) in Humanistic & Integrative Counselling. This course is also offered at AHED.

How will I be assessed?

This programme is quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion. In the assessment process we invite you to self assess, to participate in peer assessment and you will be assessed by your tutors. A selection of all assignments are second marked and the External Examiner will participate in the process.

Please note that the fee for this course is charged annually. The tuition fee for this course for entry in 2022 is £5,950 per year (2 year course). Please contact the Head of Counselling (Karen Hough) for further information ( For further information on fees and funding click here.

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Courses Information

Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling Based on TA Level 5 (BACP accredited)

Course Code: S09H
Course Dates: 09 Sep 2022 - 20 Jun 2024
Course Fees: £5950
Location: Weeke - AHED Centre

Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change. For degree programmes, please note that the fee showing is charged per annum.

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