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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.


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 2017
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.


How to apply Request a prospectus

Applications to our part-time undergraduate courses are made through the University’s online application system.

Start dates

  • September 2017

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

Important notice - fees information Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
View Ulster University’s 2017 fees policy

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Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.


Course Director: Dr Maggie Long

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6282