To access this course you are required to have:
A Level 3 qualification in counselling Identified a placement You will also need to be sure that you have no current live issues which could affect your counselling practice.
Please speak to a tutor if you are unsure
This course is ideal for anyone who is planning a career in counselling as well as progression onto an academic higher education course. The programme will also equip you with a range of skills and knowledge required for a career in this field.
In addition to a classroom setting, you will be expected to undertake a minimum of 100 hours of work experience giving you the opportunity to apply skills and knowledge learned in the classroom.
Who is the course suitable for?
Are you passionate about your vocation and passing your skills and expertise on to others, and thinking about a career in counselling?
Then this two year part-time course is right for you!
What will I learn? During this course you will study: Person-centred approaches to counselling Counselling skills, development and practice Continuing personal development Human development in relation Client work in therapeutic counselling Comparative theories and approaches Counselling for loss and grief Counselling clients who have experienced abuse What skills will I gain? By studying this course you will: Develop your understanding of developing counselling theory and practice Learn how to develop yourself to enable you to practice counselling safely and effectively Develop your confidence in working with a variety of clients Understand how to apply theory to practice for different client groups Develop, improve and reflect on your counselling skills Gain valuable team working and communication skills
Development of Maths and English
This will be embedded throughout your course
Employability Skills Development
Again this is embedded throughout your programme.
How will the course be taught?
You will be taught by highly qualified and experienced Counselling professional who will use a wide variety of teaching methods to help you to learn and progress to the next level. Lectures, discussions, independent research and practical tasks.
You must provide evidence to show you can assess using all of the methods listed in the unit. As a minimum, there must be performance evidence for the following assessment methods (simulations are not allowed): observation of performance in the work environment examining products of work questioning the learner
Other forms of evidence will be acceptable for the remaining assessment methods: discussing with the learner use of others (witness testimony) looking at learner statements recognising prior learning
They must also carry out at least two assessments of two learners occupational competence - four assessments in total. Holistic assessment is encouraged and one piece of evidence may be used to meet the requirements of more than one learning outcome or assessment criterion. The qualification will be pass or refer and all the assessment criteria of the units must be achieved in order to obtain a pass
How will I know how well I am doing?
Every student has a personal tutor who will meet with their tutees on a regular basis to ensure they are making good progress. Tutors make sure that you receive regular feedback, manage your workload and meet college expectations.
Are there any additional costs?
Coming to college is a full time commitment and you will need to ensure that you have factored in the cost of travelling to college and potentially to a local work placement. We do recommend a few good resources that you can choose to purchase if you wish. We may request contributions are made to trips and outings.
What course can I do next?
Where can I get further support / advice?
Contact the college on 01582 477 776 or go to our website: www.centralbeds.ac.uk
How do I join the course?
Fill in an application form and you will be invited for a presentation and interview with one of the tutors.