Access to Higher Education - Counselling

OCN Level 3 Diploma in Counselling (19+ years)

Location Start Date Day Time Fees Duration
Leamington 20-Sep-2017 Wed, Thu and Fri 09:00 - 17:00 * see below 1 Year(s)

What will I study?

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Counselling) is a Level 3 qualification which prepares people without traditional qualifications for study at university.

It is designed for:
  • Adults with an interest in Counselling.
  • Adults seeking a change of direction because of unemployment or lack of career opportunities in their previous field and who have a demonstrable interest in entering a counselling related profession.
  • Adults who, because of social, educational or individual circumstances, were unable to participate in or benefit from initial education.
  • Adults from groups under-represented in Higher Education.

The Level 3 Access to HE Diploma in Counselling is a nationally recognised qualification, designed to prepare adult learners returning to education for study in Higher Education. The Diplomas are validated and awarded by an Access Validating Agency and are recognised by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.

Learners offered a place on the Access programme will take Subject Specific Modules alongside Academic Study Skills with an additional tutorial each week making a total of 8.5 hours contact time. A possible 15 hours independent study time per week may be necessary. The programme is fast moving, exciting and demanding with rigorous assessment. It is also highly rewarding and offers a great opportunity to succeed. 

When applying for an Access course you are entitled to apply for a Government Loan to cover the cost, this will be written off if you proceed to and are successful in a Degree programme.  If the Access route is not for you, but you are interested in progressing in Counselling you may prefer the ABC qualification. The fee for this is £1,200.00, payable over the first 3 months of the programme.

What modules are covered?

The qualification has a credit value of 60 credits. It is a Level 3 qualification, although some units within it may be set at Level 2.

You will study;

  • 45 credits graded at Level 3 in Subject Specific Counselling units
  • 15 credits ungraded at Level 2 or Level 3 in Academic Study Skills 

Subject Specific Counselling Modules may include;

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychodynamic Counselling Theory 
  • Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Theory 
  • Professional Practice in Counselling 
  • The Ethical Framework and the Role of Clinical Supervision
  • Comparative Approaches to Counselling 
  • Self Awareness and Personal Development in Counselling
  • Understanding Core Counselling Skills 
  • Roles and Responsibilities of the Counsellor 

Academic Study Skills may include;

  • Reading and Comprehension of Texts 
  • Learning in a Group 
  • Writing Standard English 
  • Finding and Reading Information
  • Essay Writing 

Module options are changed annually and some options may not be available.

What qualifications will I get?

Access to Higher Education QAA Recognised Diploma

How will I be assessed?

Method(s) Of Study: Taught classes and supported independent study. 

Method Of Assessment: Various assignments which may include essay, presentations, research projects, seen papers and examinations.

What is the entry process?

An interview, plus confirmation of English and Maths grades, followed by enrolment directly onto the Diploma.

What are the entry requirements?

Minimum qualifications: Full level 2


Students will be required to have;

  • GCSE A-C in English and Maths
  • Demonstrable knowledge and interest in Counselling 

What else do I need to know?

Qualification(s) to be gained: Access to Higher Education QAA recognised Diploma. 

Length of course/Programme: 1 Year 

Days/Hours of Attendance: Days to be confirmed - 8.5 contact hours per week

English and Maths

English and maths qualifications are vitally important for future employers and universities, so the government has made it a priority for students to improve these skills.

Entry Level / Level 1 and Level 2: We’re here to help you on your journey, so if you do not achieve grade A*-C in GCSE English and/or maths, then you will study English and/or maths as part of your college course.

Students who achieve a D grade will be placed on the relevant GCSE programme, while students who achieve an E or below will be assessed to ensure they are placed on the right study programme for their ability.

Level 3 programmes: You will need to meet the course entry requirements specified on the course information above. For the majority of our Level 3 courses, students will need grade A*-C in GCSE English and/or maths. If this is not specified in the course entry requirement, then you may be able to study English and/or maths as part of your college course.

What can I do after this course?

Career Opportunities: Wide range of degree level courses in higher education followed by careers in, for example teaching, nursing, social work, physiotherapy, occupational therapy etc.

Further Study Opportunities: FdSc Counselling and Psychotherapy, BA (Hons) Top-Up Counselling

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Course code



Course tuition fees are free for UK students under 19yrs.

All students may be charged for materials e.g. equipment, clothing etc.

UK students aged 19 and over will need to pay tuition fees as well as any materials, registration and exam fees. Some adults may be eligible for free tuition. Please contact us for more fee information.

We make every effort to ensure that these course details are accurate. Warwickshire College reserves the right to make alterations. Fees may be indicative at the time of publishing.

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