We are pleased to be able to say that the Open University has confirmed that TC-L4 candidates on year 1 or year 2 of their course will be eligible for transitional fees. You should contact the Open University (by email, phone or letter) before 30 September 2012 to register your intention to study the Foundation degree.
The OU has confirmed the eligibility criteria for transitional fees for candidates wanting to study for the Foundation Degree in Counselling and extended the deadline for registering interest to 30 September 2012.This applies to students in England only; fees for undergraduate students in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales will be at current levels, plus inflation, for 2012/13.
Students need to have completed either CPCAB level 4 diploma or level 5 diploma between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011 OR started the CPCAB level 4 diploma or level 5 diploma between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012 to be eligible for transitional fee status (please note: CPCAB level 2 or 3 courses are not relevant here as they are not part of the FD).
Completion is defined as being awarded the certificate (or other evidence of achieving the qualification) and must include satisfactorily completing the assessed elements of the course and completing all client hours. The OU Credit Transfer Centre will determine the evidence appropriate to award credit transfer.
Students must contact the Open University (by email, phone or letter) before the 30 September 2012 to register their intention to study the Foundation degree. The OU will create a record of their intention to study the Foundation degree but they cannot be registered as a transitional student until the University has received their application for credit transfer and satisfactory evidence that they have completed the CPCAB diploma and can be registered on the appropriate module.
Once granted transitional status and to retain their eligibility for transitional fees, students must attain some credit (either OU modules or CPCAB courses) linked to the FD in counselling in each academic year of their studies (within the transitional period 1st September 2012 to 31st August 2017). This means that they don't have to sign up for an OU module before 30th September 2012 (although they can do if they wish), but make sure that they study and complete at least one OU module or CPCAB course (level 5) in each academic year of their studies from 2012/2013 on.
Please note students can take the work-based (CBCAB) and the knowledge-based (OU) components in any order apart from the restriction that they must complete The CPCAB Level 4 Diploma before beginning the CPCAB Level 5 qualification. New students starting their studies after 1 September 2012 have to follow a standard pathway (for more information see www.open.ac.uk/socialsciences/study/qualifications/x09/studies.php).
We are seeking further clarification of eligibility for those candidates who started TC-L4 between 1 Sep 2010 and 31 August 2011.
If you are intending to qualify for the Open University Foundation Degree in Counselling you should read this notice and take the necessary steps to ensure you avoid later disappointment and don’t miss out.
At the Open University (as with many other education organisations) recent government policy has resulted in changes in fees. However, The OU is committed to helping those students who started their studies under the old fee structure to complete their studies at a price and pace consistent with when they started (transitional fees).
If you are intending to take the FD in counselling you will be aware that the CPCAB level 4 diploma is a core component of this OU degree. Under new arrangements at the OU from 1 September 2012, the CPCAB Level 4 diploma counts as the first stage in completing the FD in counselling. So, all is in order if you have already registered on the FD in counselling and transferred the credits for CPCAB level 4 diploma into the FD, in which case you are eligible for transitional fees.
However, if you haven’t done so yet you still have until 31 August 2012 to avoid incurring higher fees for later OU modules as part of the FD. You may be able to secure transitional fee status for your OU studies if you start your OU studies in the academic year 2012/13 and
To retain the eligibility for transitional fees, students must attain some credit (either OU modules or CPCAB courses) linked to the FD in counselling in each academic year of their studies (within the transitional period 1st September 2012 to 31st August 2017).
If you wait until after 1 September 2012, you can still take the FD in counselling. The fees for the OU modules you take up will be considerably higher but you will be able to apply for a student loan for the OU modules. Read What you can expect to pay on the OU website for full details.
If you have further questions about this please contact the OU Student Recruitment & Financial Support via
Phone: +44(0) 845 300 60 90 or
Electronic form: www3.open.ac.uk/contact/contactus.aspx?cid=192
CPCAB's Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (TC-L4) has been awarded 120 credit points by the Open University.