Truro and Penwith College

FdA Counselling Studies

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Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • TCC101 Counselling Perspective: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

      This module will give the students the opportunity to study the theory of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) in a social context which has evolved out of behavioural psychology. The student will consider the three key features: problem solving, change-focused approach to working with clients and a respect for scientific values and close attention to cognitive processes. CBT approach represents the most overtly 'scientific' of all the major counselling orientations.

    • TCC103 Counselling Perspective: Person-Centred

      This module provides the learner with the opportunity to study the theoretical concepts of person-centred counselling in a variety of different social contexts. The student will consider the philosophy of the person-centred counsellor and supervision. The module will clearly identify the main techniques used within the person-centred approach.

    • TCC104 Introduction to Counselling Skills: Knowledge, Understanding and Application: An Integrated Approach

      This module will explore and develop the practical skills that underpin effective counselling relationships and other helping roles. It will provide an introduction of theoretical knowledge into counselling practice. The student will explore a broad range of methods and approaches used in counselling. In addition the module will emphasise the importance of interpersonal skills suitable for advice giving, social care settings and other helping roles.

    • TCC107 Diversity and Difference in Practice

      This module will consider the importance of ethical guideline and equality across all aspects of the counselling relationship and the wider social care context. It requires students to embrace the importance of diversity and difference. It will emphasise the necessity to recognise multi-cultural diversity and differences using an integrative approach. Sensitivity to the values and interests of others will be identified.

    • TCC110 Counselling Perspective: Psychodynamic

      This module provides the learners with the opportunity to study the major psychodynamic perspectives as applied in Counselling in a social context. This will include the historical perspectives in psychodynamic psychology and the emergence of counselling as a discipline of psychology. The students will consider psychodynamic developments, post and neo-Freudians.

    • TCC111 Counselling in a Multi-agency Context

      This module provides an introduction into counselling practice within a multi-agency context. It explores the diversity and provision of counselling employment opportunities within different settings. The role of supervision and its importance in the multi-agency workplace is examined and developed. Sensitivity to the values and interests of others will be identified.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • TCC201 Advanced Counselling Perspective: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

      This module examines and extends the knowledge base of the level 1 CBT and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) module from a more advanced perspective and introduces other forms of therapy which compliment and expand on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) principles and philosophy in order to gain a balanced overview. The module will analyse and evaluate the techniques used in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) in relation to mild and moderate mental health settings within a social care context.

    • TCC202 Advanced Counselling Perspective: Psychodynamic

      This module provides the learners with the opportunity to study the major psychological and psychodynamic perspectives as applied in Counselling and social care settings in more depth. The students will explain the changing nature of psychodynamic theory and its relation to post modernism. The module will examine the application and appropriateness of the psychodynamic perspective within a counselling and societal context.

    • TCC203 Advanced Counselling Perspective: Person-Centred

      This module will give the student the opportunity to study and consider in-depth Person-Centred counselling in a wide range of counselling and social care contexts. It will build on previous knowledge and understanding of the intrinsic value of an advice giving, counselling, social care and other helping roles and relationship developed and maintained through the person-centred counselling approach. Students will evaluate the role of the counsellor, supervision and professional limitations of the person-centred approach.

    • TCC204 Advanced Counselling Practice: An Integrated Approach

      This module will further develop the practical skills that underpin effective advice work and other helping and professional counselling relationships. It will problematise the issue of power and control in the counselling profession and encourage students to explore the issues surrounding the integrated approach.

    • TCC207 Professional Practice and Personal Development

      This module will explore the professional and personal development in the counselling and other helping relationships giving students the opportunity to gain experience and knowledge of counselling and supervision practice. Exploring a broad range of methods and approaches used in counselling training, it will develop the skills that underpin effective counselling and social care relationships.

    • TCC208 Counselling Research Methods and Investigation

      This module gives students the opportunity to be introduced to the research process. The student will have the opportunity to write a research project proposal and carry out an extended piece of research using the richness of qualitative and quantitative research methods. An appropriate counselling topic will enable students to investigate an area of individual interest.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.



Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/business-partners/partnerships/academic-partnerships/study-guide/progression-to-honours-degree

Our partnership with Truro and Penwith College

Plymouth University has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by Plymouth University. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partners page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Studying with Truro and Penwith College

We’re one of the leading colleges in the country, delivering teaching and learning to the highest level. With three modern campuses at Truro, Penwith (at Penzance) and Tregye, we provide you with a unique university experience.

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