Taught course

Counselling and Therapeutic Communication with Professional Practice

Institution
Ulster University · Faculty of Social Sciences
Qualifications
PCertPGDipMSc

Entry requirements

(i) Hold an honours or non-honours degree or demonstrate ability to undertake the course through the accreditation of prior experiential learning;

and

(ii) Must be working (employment or voluntary) within a counselling related post, e.g. working in a counselling, health or social care setting in a counselling role to secure supervised client hours;

and

(iii) Attend for interview to show evidence of having the personal qualities necessary to undertake counselling training.


The closing date for applications is normally 31st July, with interviews for potential applicants scheduled in May and August. Late applications may be considered until 31st August (with applicant interviews in early September). However, where possible applicants should apply before the July deadline.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Our Counselling and Therapeutic Communication with Professional Practice course, has been designed to contribute to the educational requirements of those working towards professional accreditation. The course aims to recruit counsellors who are already working in a practice context towards professional accreditation. The course includes two supervised practice modules, wherein students are expected to complete 100 supervised client-contact hours. Only students who complete the supervised practice modules can receive the award of PgCert/PgDip/MSc Counselling and Therapeutic Communication with Professional Practice.

A central strength of the course is the teaching team, consisting of academics with both practice and research experience in counselling. Staff members ensure that the content of the course is continually updated based on innovations in practice and research.

The course provides:

  • Structured Continuing Professional Development opportunities for individuals who practice counselling in a range of contexts.
  • Flexibility through optional study to allow students to pursue specialist areas of interest.
  • A good balance of theoretical and skills training relevant to student need.
  • A well balanced grounding in the theoretical and practical study of communication in the applied counselling context.
  • A solid grounding in research methods and skills that will enable students to carry out independent research, for students who undertake the MSc.
  • An understanding of key contextual areas relevant to students’ work experience and the ability to evaluate their own professional practice.
  • Some modules are available in block teaching format
  • The Pg Diploma is a PQ accredited course for the NI Specialist Award in Social Work.
  • The MSc meets three PQ requirements for the NI Leadership & Strategic Award in Social Work.

Students can complete modules as part of a CPD pathway, PG Certificate, PG Diploma or Masters programme.

Information for international students

The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5.

Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Fees and funding

UK students
https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance
International students
https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/apply/fees-and-finance

Qualification and course duration

PCert

part time
12 months

PGDip

part time
24 months

MSc

part time
36 months

Course contact details

Name
Dr Anne Moorhead
Email
a.moorhead@ulster.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 28 9036 6184