FdSc Counselling

This programme provides a learning opportunity to increase knowledge, develop understanding and prepare you for employment in the counselling profession.

This programme focuses on the therapeutic relationship as the main catalyst to healing, wellbeing, growth and development with an emphasis on the use of the counsellor’s self and of the client-counsellor relationship in the therapeutic work. A key theme is the development of trainee’s self-awareness and impact of self on others, and bringing that awareness into the ‘here and now’ within the client-counsellor relationship.

The programme provides a unique learning opportunity to enhance skills, increase knowledge, develop understanding and prepare you for employment in the counselling profession (paid employment or private practice) and for membership of BACP.

Please note the following approximate costs over 2 years:

  • BACP student membership £82 x 2
  • Supervision at clinical placement may be free for certain agencies but could cost £50 per hour for approx 30 hours
  • Personal therapy from £45 per hour for 60 hours
  • Indemnity Insurance may be free for certain agencies but could cost on average £50 in total
  • Travel expenses to/from placement, therapy and supervision venues
  • Books, workshops or seminars would also be an additional cost, as would any IT or stationery costs.
  • The programme which is validated by the University of Greenwich, is BACP accredited and prepares you to work with adult clients.
  • Clinical hours accrued as a result of clinical placement(s) can be counted toward BACP accreditation hours
  • Graduates can apply for individual accreditation with the BACP after additional supervised practice hours, post-programme. As this is a BACP accredited programme, graduates can enter the BACP Voluntary Register on completion of the programme, subject to their membership of the BACP.
  • Lecturers are all current active practitioners with a wealth of experience in a variety of settings. Their training will be minimum Masters level and all are qualified teachers (or in the process of completing PGCE qualification).
  • Establish effective therapeutic relationships with clients and work with a broad variety of issues in a safe and effective way


Tuition Fees

Home/EU* Fee for September 2022 entry: £8,000 per year

Please note: Tuition fees are published for the first year of entry only and may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by the Office for Students.

*Fee information for European Union (EU) students: If your course starts on or after the 1st August 2021, you will no longer be eligible for financial support from Student Finance England unless you meet one of the following criteria:

  • you are able to benefit from the citizens’ rights agreements
  • you are an Irish national living in the UK or Republic of Ireland – benefits of Irish nationals under Common Travel Area guidance arrangement will continue

If you need any further information or guidance, please contact us at HE@activatelearning.ac.uk 


Lectures and seminars are offered in each subject and you will also have regular tutorial contact and progress reviews.

On successful completion of the FdSc in Counselling you will be able to apply for a BA (Hons) top-up degree at a range of University providers. Alternatively, you may wish to undertake further training in specialist areas of counselling practice or become a practising counsellor in counselling centres, agencies, surgeries, hospitals, schools, businesses and private practices or related fields.

Entry criteria for the programme will be a minimum of 1 full A Level or equivalent, although consideration will be given to those able to demonstrate significant relevant employment experience.
In addition to this, the following will be required:
Achievement of Certificate Level 3 in Counselling Theory and Skills (minimum 120 hours tuition):
NCFE: external exam passed at first attempt
Access to Counselling: at least 12 credits at merit level
Must be at least 21 years old
English Language Grade C or equivalent.
You will also need to obtain or be in possession of a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
Evidence of commitment to be in personal therapy for the duration of the two year programme, which will be an additional cost for the student.
Students will be considered on individual merit at interview and evidence of work experience/voluntary work in a counselling or related setting is advantageous. Students will be assessed on their potential to meet the expectations of the counselling profession, in conjunction with meeting the academic, professional, ethical and personal requirements demanded of a practitioner.
Every FdSc student is required to be in a suitable counselling placement by the start of Level 5 in which they will develop their clinical skills and encounter situations that foster greater appreciation of the value (and limitations) of counselling theory

This programme is validated by the University of Greenwich but fees are payable direct to Activate Learning. The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be undertaken as part of the routine recruitment process.

BACP offer help with programme fees to anyone who has been accepted on to a BACP Accredited Course. The bursary is for £500 and they offer 60 each year. The guidelines and application for bursaries can be found on the BACP website/Bursary Guidelines and Application.

Applicants should apply through the UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) website. All courses will be listed under Activate Learning on the UCAS website.

International fee: Please contact the HE Admissions Coordinator, Sue Taylor on sue.taylor@activatelearning.ac.uk

For more information, please contact the HE Admissions Coordinator, Sue Taylor, on sue.taylor@activatelearning.ac.uk

Applicants should apply through the UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) website. All courses will be listed under Activate Learning on the UCAS website.

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