Taught course

Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling

University of Brighton · School of Applied Social Science

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Entry requirements

You should hold a degree or professional qualification. You also need to have successfully completed an accredited, externally assessed counselling skills course that:

  • is at least level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • involved at least 30 hours of face-to-face tuition at level 2 or level 3 (online courses are not acceptable)
  • included both theory and practice
  • took place within the last six years.

Ideally, you will have gained some counselling experience through full- or part-time employment, or through voluntary or pastoral work. You also must have experience of working with people in a helping capacity and access to clients throughout the course.

Applicants should normally be at least 25 years of age.

Months of entry


Course content

Developed in reaction to the dominance of behaviourism and psychoanalysis, the humanistic approach emphasises our capacity for self-determination.

It holds that we have the freedom to shape and give meaning to our own lives, and helps clients to regain their independence.

The humanistic paradigm draws on concepts and ideas from phenomenology and existentialism and is a philosophy of mind.

The postgraduate diploma helps to ground your understanding of humanistic counselling in the relevant literature, clinical practice and your developing self-awareness.

It is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and therefore recognised as preparing students for work as a professional counsellor. The university itself is an organisational member of the BACP as well as the Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (UCPA).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Applied Social Science
01273 644644