Taught course

Counselling and Therapeutic Communication with Professional Practice

Ulster University · Faculty of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

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


(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;


(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


Course content

This course is specifically designed to assist students to develop key counselling and psychotherapy approaches. The theoretical orientation of the programme draws from is the humanistic and integrative framework. This is a flexible model that lends itself well to the complex demands of contemoprary counselling and psychotherapy practice.

The learning in this programme is delivered in various experiential formats, with students been provided with ongoing opportunities to develop practice based skills and techniques. The learning objectives of the programme is designed to provide students with a tangible experience of counselling and psychotherapy delivery. This is facilitated in lectures, workshops, clinical seminars and tutorials. A key strength of this programme is how the learning is applied to clinical practice. Competence in this area is achieved by the ongoing utilisation of the university’s specialised skills labs, here students will be supported to gain confidence in practice skills and applications.

In the second year of the programme students will gain clinical practice by securing a student counselling placement. The student on placement is also supported by a clinical supervisor and a mentor. The weekly attendance at university involves a series of specialised clinical seminars focused on critical practice issues An important part of developing competence in counselling is the development of reflective skills, this is facilitated in university by attendance at a process group. The end product of this is that it assists the student in the development of confident professional self.

Overall this programme offers both the seasoned practitioner and interested student an opportunity for further professional development in the growth area of counselling and psychotherapy practice.

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.

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months


part time
24 months


part time
36 months

Course contact details

Dr Anne Moorhead
+44 (0) 28 9036 6184