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This is a 'top up' degree for those with the Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Counselling or an equivalent Level 5 qualification in counselling.


Study Professional Development in Counselling (Not recruiting for September 2016 entry) at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

The BSc Hons Professional Development in Counselling programme provides the opportunity for students to complete counsellor training to honours degree level. This 'top up' programme has been designed as the final stage of a structured and systematic training for individuals wishing to continue their professional development in counselling.

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About this course

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In terms of academic coherence and progression, the BSc Hons Professional Development in Counselling is a pathway to the acquisition of specialist knowledge and skills, building on the core training provision of the Ulster University Foundation Degree in Counselling, and bridging to postgraduate level of study.


This is a part-time course of minimum two years duration but taking up to three years to complete. Classes are during the day and students will be required to attend one or two days per week depending upon number of modules undertaken.

Start dates

  • September 2016
How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

Students must have the Ulster University Foundation Degree in Counselling or Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling. In some circumstances, students who have attained 240 credits in an equivalent programme of study may be eligible to apply throught the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process.


You must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements for admission to a first degree course and hold a GCSE pass in English Language at grade C or above (or equivalent). The Faculty of Social Sciences will accept Essential Skills Level 2 Communication as equivalent to GCSE English Language.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

The BSc Hons Professional Development in Counselling is an academic programme that offers counselling education to Honours Degree level. The programme also offers a solid foundation for further postgraduate study at the University.

Supervised practice is not included on the curriculum for this top-up programme. Students are advised that it is their responsibility to pursue professional accreditation by their chosen professional body independently.


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How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016


Course Director: Dr Jane Simms

T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6957