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    Our foundation year enables you to enter our BA Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring course even if you don’t have the formal qualifications or experience to meet the entry requirements. It will give you relevant knowledge to help you begin your degree studies.

    Those involved in counselling, coaching and mentoring are ‘the helping professionals’. Through this course, we will help you to become one of them, gaining a deep understanding of the theories and skills needed.

    You will be taught by a team of tutors who have direct experience as helping professionals themselves. Classroom learning is supplemented by a range of guest speakers and opportunities to develop your skills in real-life settings, building relationships and helping people to help themselves.

    Once you have completed your degree, a wealth of career opportunities in everything from advice and guidance work to social care await you.

    Why Study Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring with Foundation Year?

    Supporting other people can be a hugely rewarding process and by working in counselling, coaching or mentoring you may even have the potential to help someone to change their life.

    If you have high emotional intelligence, and are good at understanding and relating to people, this course will help you to become effective and skilled in supporting others with achieving their aims and objectives, while developing yourself.

    During the foundation year, you'll gain an introduction to counselling, coaching and mentoring, and you'll develop skills and confidence to prepare you to study at degree level.

    Throughout the course, you'll integrate theory and practice, developing the skills, professional attributes and competences needed to work with others, often in challenging and difficult circumstances.

    You'll develop your curiosity and critical reasoning abilities, as well as independent study and research skills. You'll also gain a solid grounding in a broad range of helping approaches and techniques, so that you can build effective relationships with clients in settings such as schools, the voluntary sector, human resources, social care and health.

    On completion of the course, you may choose to continue your professional development through postgraduate studies and relevant accredited training in related fields such as psychotherapy, careers work, social work, human resources and other talking and creative therapies.

    If you want to pursue a professional career in counselling and qualify as an accredited counsellor with BACP or another regulating body, you will need to undertake the relevant accredited training (see the BACP website for further details). 

      All about the course

      The Foundation Year will give you the academic skills to be a successful student on this degree course. You will have an introductory module to Counselling Coaching and Mentoring so that you have the key knowledge and understanding you will need to start your degree course with confidence. You will also study modules that will equip you with the communication and academic skills required in Higher Education. Additionally, you will study issues related to education and lifelong learning.

      Entry requirements

      Qualification type


      A Levels EEE
      BTEC PPP
      Access Pass 45 Credits
      International Baccalaureate 24 points
      Combinations A combination of qualifications totalling 32 UCAS points minimum

      Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points. We will also welcome applications from students with few or no formal Level 3 qualifications who wish to return to education.

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      Candidates must show sufficient motivation to benefit from study at this level.

      A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is not an entry requirement, however if you take part in work-related experience, visits or placements to settings or educational establishments where you are undertaking regulated activity, the setting may determine that a DBS check is required. You will be required to undergo a DBS check and arrange this through the University before undertaking the activity.

      More information about entry requirements.

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      Module information

      Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

      Core/optional modules

      How you’ll learn

      You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops. Seminars will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

      You will typically have around 50 hours of contact time per module, generally consisting of lectures, seminars, practicals, and one-to-one meetings.

      Your actual contact hours will depend on the optional modules you select.

      All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

      When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, preparing coursework assignments/examination, and preparing for workshops and seminars.

      Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities that you will be expected to complete before class. 

      Each taught module has an expected total study time of 200 hours split between 50 hours of contact and 150 hours of independent study.

      You will be taught by a skilled teaching team with specialist knowledge and experience in the disciplines of counselling, coaching and mentoring, related professions and research.

      Your direct teaching through lectures, seminars, group and individual tutorials, will be complemented by use of the University’s virtual learning environment (VLE), guided reading, project-related activity and visits, and input from professional practitioners and representatives.

      You will gain the skills to help and develop others, which is so important in a whole range of professions. The course is also a unique opportunity to learn first-hand from professionals who work in therapy, social work, education, health and the charity sector.

      Emma BridgesCourse Director

      How you’ll be assessed

      Reflecting the nature and content of this course we will assess both your academic knowledge and also the development and understanding of professional interpersonal skills. You will undertake a variety of assessment methods over the three years, which have been designed to allow you to build and enhance knowledge as you progress through your degree. These will include, but are not limited to: case studies, oral and visual presentations, reflective accounts, critical reviews, essays, social action projects and dissertations.

      Your future career

      Throughout your studies you will be encouraged to consider a range of future career pathways and the next steps needed to achieve this. On successful completion of your degree, you will have developed the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to enter a comprehensive range of roles within the helping professions, including employment options within health, education, human resources and management, social services and third sector organisations.

      In addition, you may choose to continue your professional development through a range of postgraduate studies and where relevant accredited training, in related fields such as psychotherapy, careers work, social work, human resources and other talking and creative therapies. Similarly, if you want to continue in a professional career in counselling and qualify as an accredited counsellor with BACP or other regulating body, you will need to undertake the relevant accredited training (see the BACP website for further details).


      The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

        UK** Overseas***
      Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £9,250 £14,500
      Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £14,500

      Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

      * The tuition fees of £9,250 / £14,500 relate to 2022/23 only. Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

      **Home (UK) Fees

      The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

      In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

      ***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

      Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

      Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

      Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/international-student-fees-and-funding

      Diamond Jubilee Scholarships and Bursaries

      To celebrate 60 years of transforming lives through education new cash bursary and scholarship opportunities are available for students starting a degree in September 2022. See full details.

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