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FD Psychodynamic Counselling

Course information

Course Summary

The Foundation Degree programme aims to provide a sound theoretical framework and practical training in psychodynamic counselling. It is intended for those who have already undertaken Level 2 and Level 3 training in counselling and wish to continue to become fully qualified as counsellors either in employment or in private practice. The Foundation Degree is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills base required for life-long learning in a continually expanding area.

This course is taught face to face at Nescot.

Nescot is approved by The Open University as an appropriate organisation to offer higher education programmes leading to Open University validated awards.

Course Code:N4720
Study Type:Full Time
Academic Level:Level 5
Award:Foundation Degree in Psychodynamic Counselling
Awarded by:The Open University
Course Length

2 year

Start Date: September 2022

The programme is considered full-time but normally students attend:

Year 1 : Level HE 4
1st term: Thursday and Friday 9.30am until 5pm/5.15pm
2nd term: Thursday evenings 6pm until 9pm and Friday 9.30am until 5.15pm
3rd term: Friday only 9.30am until 5.15pm

Year 2: Level HE 5
Friday from 9.30 am until 5.15 pm

There are 2 residentials October/ November (Extra cost)
Year 1:1st term, date TBC Thursday 9am until Saturday 3 pm
Year 2:1st term, date TBC Thursday 9am until Saturday 3 pm

This course is taught face to face at NESCOT

Course Detail

Click here for the full Fd Psychodynamic Counselling Programme Specification

The course will provide you with the necessary training in skills and theory to meet the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy requirements in those areas to accredit individual counsellors. The qualification is recognised within the profession as representing the highest standard of professionalism and ethical integrity. Most employers regard BACP accreditation as an essential requirement.

What is psychodynamic counselling?
In a nutshell, psychodynamic counselling is based on the belief that the past influences the present and the future. It pays attention to unconscious processes. For example, it can help clients to become aware of some relational patterns. It also focuses on the relationship clients have with themselves. The aim is to increase the level of self-awareness in order to enable clients to become more autonomous and less conflicted.

The core aims of the Foundation Degree in Psychodynamic Counselling are to:

  • Enable students to practice competently & ethically as psychodynamic counsellors, within a variety of settings with a good knowledge of psychodynamic theory.
  • Provide a complex & broad theoretical framework & practical training in psychodynamic counselling.
  • Develop critical analysis of theory and practice.
  • Aid theoretical and practical development by appropriate assessment at all stages.
  • Develop personal & group responsibility for learning and counselling including self & peer evaluation.
  • Provide opportunities for essential personal growth.

Year 1 (120 credits)

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Clinical Concepts
  • Research Methods for Counselling Theories
  • Clinical Case Study
  • Work-Based Portfolio

Year 2 (120 credits)

  • Human Development
  • Psychopathology
  • Preparation for Work
  • Final Client Study
  • Final Year Portfolio

Normally, successful applicants are required to provide a DBS during the process of securing a clinical placement.

The Open University Regulations for Validated Awards

Open University Students Guide

Our Handbook for courses in the Nescot - Open University partnership can be found here can be found here

At the time you submit your application form, please also complete this Application Questionnaire, and upload it to your application portal. Please note there is no need to complete the personal Statement.

Course Fees

Fees for Academic Year 2022/23

Annual tuition fees: £7,800

Full fee information here

Fees are for 2022/23 entry and are for UK students of all ages. For more information about financial support for students, please click here.

Additional costs:

  • Personal Therapy – approximately £40-60 per week over the two years.
  • Residential trip – approximately £350 per year.
  • BACP student membership - £82 (for 2022-23) per year.
  • DBS - £52.
  • Insurance may be required for some agencies – typically around £100 per year.
  • Clinical assessment may be required for some agencies – typically around £80.
  • Supervision – some agencies make a small charge for supervision – typically around £15-20 per month. 
  • IT equipment – it is useful to have your own computer although the LRC does have computers you can use on site.
Entry Requirements
  • Applicants should normally have English Language GCSE grade C or an equivalent award.
  • Successful completion of a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling or equivalent Counselling course. (Note that an on-line Level 3 course will only be accepted if it contains a significant amount of face-to-face counselling skills practice or the applicant can demonstrate an equivalent in another setting).
  • Students will be required to engage in personal therapy (with an accredited psychodynamic therapist approved by Nescot) as part of the course.
  • Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).
  • Applicants must complete an Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check, plus an occupational health check, during the application process. Please note: Students will be liable to pay for their DBS check.

At the time you submit your application form, please also complete this Application Questionnaire, and upload it to your application portal. Please note there is no need to complete the personal Statement.

Your Next Steps

Following the programme, the student will be qualified to work in public and private practices as a counsellor. The programme also fulfils the requirements for BACP accreditation which may be undertaken once the student has obtained the necessary post-qualification experience and has completed the BACP accreditation application process.

In addition, on successful completion of the programme students will be able to progress to a relevant level 6 programme such as the BA (Hons) Counselling Studies at Nescot thus furthering the knowledge and skills base and meeting the proposed government agenda for regulating the profession.

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Last updated - 09/08/2022