Open University Foundation Degree in Counselling

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The Open University Foundation Degree is made up of the CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (TC-L4), a mandatory Open University module (D240 Counselling: exploring fear and sadness) PLUS a choice of Open University modules and optional CPCAB level 5 practitioner qualifications. All CPCAB qualifications are delivered in further education colleges, or other approved training centres. The Open University modules can be taken at any time during the Foundation Degree, either alongside or after completing the CPCAB qualifications.

Read our overview of the Foundation Degree in Counselling

How do I start?

Begin with the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (TC-L4). Read more about TC-L4 to find out about the entry requirements - you will need at least 150 hours counselling skills and theory before you can apply for this qualification. Contact a CPCAB training centre and talk to them about any prior learning you may have already.

What about distance learning?

The Open University modules are via distance learning but the CPCAB practitioner qualifications are all delivered face-to-face in a classroom situation, via a network of approved training centres. These qualifications also include requirements for client hours, supervision and personal therapy. You can find your nearest training centre using Find a Centre.

Do my existing qualifications count?

The Open University Foundation Degree in Counselling is an exclusive partnership between the Open University and CPCAB - therefore only CPCAB qualifications count towards this award. The qualifications that have been credit rated and approved as part of the Foundation Degree in Counselling are the CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (TC-L4), Level 5 Certificate in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (PC-L5) and Level 5 Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Therapy (CBT-L5). Diplomas from other awarding organisations are not accepted.

For full details read our overview of the Foundation Degree in Counselling.

For answers to other questions about the Foundation Degree in Counselling read our FAQs.