City of Bristol College

FdA Counselling

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Course details
  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Introduction to the Person-Centred Approach (COBC1197)

      The module guides the student in an examination of the counselling/helping relationship within an ethical context of the National Counselling Society and British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Ethical Frameworks and further contextualised within the Person-Centred Approach as the essential core theory underpinning the whole course.

    • Developing Counselling Skills (COBC1198)

      In this module the student will be supported in developing their understanding and application of generic counselling skills. Each student will have the opportunity to research the subject further, and working within their peer group, conduct a seminar focussing on a specific area of formative development within their skills.

    • Professional Practice 1: Moving into Professional Practice (COBC1199)

      The module aims to provide an introduction to becoming a reflective practitioner and support the student in exploring a range of issues through a consideration of the spectrum of Helping placements to which the group belongs. Students will during the module have completed their 30 hours of Helping Placement, and present their learning to the group by means of individual defended presentations.

    • Steps Toward Integrative Practice (COBC1200)

      This module will support a consideration of models of integration within a range of counselling contexts. The student will research the key elements of humanistic counselling that lend themselves to integration within an ethical and effective approach to counselling.

    • Humanistic Approaches to Counselling (COBC1201)

      This module offers an opportunity to explore humanistic approaches to counselling, identifying and researching relevant theories and techniques within the context of the study. The student will then explore and critically evaluate potential adoption of relevant elements of the approaches within their current and future practice.

    • Working with Loss and Grief (COBC1202)

      The module aims to explore the grieving process, the concept of loss and models involving tasks, stages and process. Students will demonstrate the use of counselling skills in working with clients grief in response to loss.

  • Final year

  • 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.

    • Personal Development and Enhanced Counselling Skills (COBC2170)

      The module aims to enhance the students 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.

    • 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.

    • Professional Practice 2: Consolidating Practice Knowledge and Skills (COBC2173)

      The module offers the student the opportunity to examine the underpinning knowledge, facts and experiences that enable students to counsel professionally and ethically. It will equip students with the skills to be able to use supervision effectively and appropriately in their chosen counselling setting. It will examine personal and professional development in order to optimise their professional roles.

    • 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.

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.

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the changeable nature of the situation and any updates to government guidance, we may need to make further, last minute adjustments to how we deliver our teaching and learning on some or all of our programmes, at any time during the academic year. We want to reassure you that even if we do have to adjust the way in which we teach our programmes, we will be working to maintain the quality of the student learning experience and learning outcomes at all times.
Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

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

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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