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Two women talkingFoundation Degree (FdA) in Integrative Counselling (Validated by University of Worcester)


This advanced, 2 year, professional degree programme is available to study at Iron Mill College in Exeter and validated by the University of Worcester.

  • With a relational ethos, based upon contemporary integrative practice, this programme is exciting, vocationally relevant and has a clear focus on up-to-date counselling theory and practice.
  • Prepares graduates to practice as professional counsellors, meeting the application requirements for full membership of the BACP (MBACP status) and resources those who are aiming for future personal accreditation with the BACP.
  • FdA graduates will be eligible to apply for progression onto our BA (Hons) Degree in Integrative Counselling (Validated by University of Worcester), to ‘top up’ their award to a full honours degree in just one further year of study.

Course Details

Key features:

  • Designed to qualify competent, confident and creative counsellors, who stand out from the crowd as highly professional graduates, well-equipped for entering the workplace.
  • Gives participants the space to gain new understanding, deeper self-awareness, greater confidence, and feel well-resourced personally and professionally.
  • Focuses attention on the importance, quality and depth of relationship as the central component of therapeutic work.
  • An opportunity to be part of a creative, developing, supportive group, and make lifelong friendships. Iron Mill College offers access to a unique learning community in a beautiful, relaxing, welcoming environment, with enthusiastic, energetic and experienced teaching staff who get to know and support you individually. 
  • Recognised as a full-time programme and eligible for Student Finance applications, teaching takes place one day per week at Iron Mill College in Exeter. During the 2 years of the course, participants are also required to undertake approximately 60-100 hours of work based learning, at least 40 hours of personal therapy and, after 6 months and having passed a 'competence to practice' assessment, 100 hours of placement (one-to-one client counselling work) with appropriate levels of supervision. Students will also need to allow time for independent guided study and assessment preparation.
Eligibility:

To be eligible for this course you must:

  • Have completed at least 30 hours of preliminary counselling training. Applicants not meeting this requirement will be recommended to take our Certificate in Counselling course as an entry requirement or alternatively, if you can also demonstrate suitable further exprience and skills, our Blended Learning Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy course. 
  • Possess 4 GCSEs (Grade C or above) including English, and qualifications to the value of 80 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of 1 A Level (or equivalent Level 3 qualification) and a maximum of 3.5 A Levels. Applicants not meeting these requirements will be individually assessed for other appropriate qualifications and / or experience, and will be required to demonstrate their ability to study at this level.
  • Be willing to underake a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check, plus an occupational health check, during the application process. 

If you are interested in this course, you may wish to first book onto one of our Open Days or Open Evenings to find out more. If you are new to Iron Mill College, you might also find our Taster Days a useful way to experience what it's like to study at Iron Mill College, before applying
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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):


Applicants can claim academic credit for relevant previous study or learning experiences ("prior learning"). If you can demonstrate that you have already achieved learning which is equivalent to one or more modules, or to a whole year or level of study, relating to the course you wish to apply for at the 
University of Worcester, then you may make a claim for recognition of that prior learning. This applies to both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Claims are not automatic; they have to be assessed by the University. Claims should be agreed at the point of entry to a programme, and are normally discussed and assessed alongside the application process. If your claim is successful it means that you do not have to take the modules for which credit has been awarded, or you may be able to enter directly to a higher level of study or into the second or third year of a course.

There are three forms of recognition of prior learning:

  • a) Credit transfer - recognition of credit or qualification at HE level (4 or above) awarded by a UK higher education degree-awarding body in accordance with the relevant higher education qualifications framework;
  • b) Recognition of prior certificated learning - (such as professional development awards or employment-based awards) which is a higher education level but which has not led to the award of credits or qualifications positioned on the relevant higher education qualifications framework;
  • c) Recognition of prior experiential or informal learning.

Details of how to apply for RPL, and the relevant forms, can be found on the University of Worcester's applications web page.



How to apply:


Applications for this course are made via the UCAS website.

  • The Course Code is: B9K0.
  • The Campus Code is: A (Please note: This code is different to the Campus Code needed when applying for Student Finance).

Please also let us know when you have submitted an application to UCAS, by emailing amanda.murrell@ironmill.co.uk.

Please note: The 2 year Foundation Degree (FdA) in Integrative Counselling and the 1 year BA (Hons) Degree in Integrative Counselling ('top up' year) are two separate programmes. Applicants wishing to study for the FdA and then the BA (Hons) year should initially just apply for the FdA course, using the above code.

Applications for 
Student Finance are made at:



  • Campus Code: (Please note: This code is different to the Campus Code needed when applying for the course through UCAS).



How to apply:


Applications for this course are made via the 
UCAS website.


September 2016 applications:


If you are applying after 30th June 2016 you still need to apply via 
UCAS, but you will use the 'clearing' process. In clearing you need to complete the application as normal, including your personal statement, but you cannot add course choices. When you submit your application to UCAS you will receive a welcome email to access the Track service where you will find your Clearing Number. Contact Iron Mill College (amanda.murrell@ironmill.co.uk / 01392 219200) and give us your Clearing Number. We will then access your application on the UCAS website.  

Please note: all your paperwork will need to be in place before we can process your application.


September 2017 
Applications:

The Course Code is: B9K0.

The Campus Code is: (Please note: This code is different to the Campus Code needed when applying for 
Student Finance).

Please also let us know when you have submitted an application to 
UCAS, by emailing:
amanda.murrell@ironmill.co.uk.

Please note: The 2 year Foundation Degree (FdA) in Integrative Counselling and the 1 year BA (Hons) Degree in Integrative Counselling ('top up' year) are two separate programmes. Applicants wishing to study for the FdA and then the BA (Hons) year should initially just apply for the FdA course, using the above code.


Applications for Student Finance are made at:



Campus Code: Q (Please note: This code is different to the Campus Code needed when applying for the course through UCAS).
 

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