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Counselling Access to Higher Education at Warwickshire College Group

Course description

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.

Course content

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.

Entry requirements


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


Full level 2



Students will be required to have;
  • GCSE A-C in English and Maths
  • Demonstrable knowledge and interest in Counselling 


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.

Future opportunities

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.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Warwickshire College Group directly.

Last updated date: 19 January 2017
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