Entry requirements

You must have one of the following academic qualifications:

  • 2ii or above undergraduate degree in psychology or counselling (or closely related) subject OR 2ii or above undergraduate degree in unrelated subject
  • AND certificate in counselling OR relevant professional experience
  • AND evidence of academic capability to postgraduate level.

Students will also be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, and the acceptance on the course will depend on their fitness to practice with vulnerable adults.

All applicants meeting the above requirements will also be interviewed before acceptance on the course. This structured interview is a requirement of the British Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy.


Months of entry


Course content

This course aims to prepare you to take an active role as a member of the professional counselling/ psychotherapy community. It explores a range of psychological approaches and therapeutic methods to provide holistic training in counselling.
You will learn about the Humanistic approach and Person-Centred therapy, Psychodynamic approach and Psychoanalytic therapy, Behavioural approach and Behaviour therapy, and Cognitive approach and Cognitive therapy. You will also be introduced to several integrative approaches, such as CBT, REBT, and TA.
In addition, you will take part in practical activities to develop your communication skills and help you to introduce the therapeutic techniques into your practice. This extensive curriculum will equip you to work with clients across various settings, and provide you with a toolkit of evidence-based techniques and relationship-focused methods.
This course will also include a solid foundation in Psychology and Research, so that you will graduate with all of the skills needed to apply for doctorate level study or work in an empirically-based practice.

Information for international students

Students must have IELTS 7 and exhibit clear evidence of communication skills through the medium of English in the interview. This is an essential professional requirement.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Fay Short
01248 38 8287