City of Bristol College

FdA Counselling

Study at an award-winning college that’s one of the largest further and higher education colleges in the UK. Choose from the widest range of career-focused higher education courses in the area. Enjoy some of the best facilities in the region and explore one of the most vibrant cities in the country. 

We are no longer recruiting new students to this partnership

Course details

  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Human Development in Relation to Counselling (COBC2169)

      The module aims to support students to develop a sound knowledge of human development, identifying key areas such as transitions, systems theory, and attachment in childhood and adulthood. The module will develop understanding of issues affecting clients as they experience the change processes associated with the human lifespan, in turn supporting the student to work more effectively with these issues.

    • Accessing and Applying Research Methodology (COBC2171)

      This module will offer the counselling student the opportunity to consider research as an independent discipline as well as within a counselling context. The student will be encouraged to identify an area that they would like to research within their current or future practice, and to take the first steps toward approaching this research subject.

    • Mental Health within a Counselling Context (COBC2172)

      In this module the student is encouraged to heighten their awareness of what constitutes good mental health for self and others, and to identify ways in which this can deteriorate into mental disorder. The study will consider statutory health care provision and the way in which counsellors can work as part of a multi-disciplinary approach to care.

    • Creative Approaches to Counselling (COBC2174)

      In this module, which further considers the use of creative approaches in counselling work, the student will have the opportunity to experience diverse media ranging from the incorporation of creative writing, journaling and art therapy, to the use of expressive movement in terms of dance and dramatherapy, as well as media such as sand tray work.

    • Personal Development and Enhanced Counselling Skills (COBC2193)

      The module aims to enhance the student’s level of counselling skills and awareness of self-development by using a range of creative materials and techniques to explore the subject within the context of the Counselling Placement. 

    • Professional Practice 2: Consolidating Practice Knowledge and Skills (COBC2194)

      The module offers students opportunities to examine underpinning knowledge, facts and experiences that enable students to counsel professionally and ethically. It equips students to use supervision effectively and appropriately in their counselling. It examines personal and professional development to optimise their professional roles.  The student must also demonstrate a minimum of 10 hours of personal therapy. This can be undertaken at any time during the second stage of the programme.

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.

Our partnership with City of Bristol College

The University of Plymouth 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 the University of Plymouth. 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 Partnerships 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. 

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with City of Bristol College

One of the largest colleges in the UK, we offer the widest range of career-focused, higher education courses in the area. With most of our courses based in our dedicated University Centre, you’ll enjoy expert tuition and a supportive learning environment.
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