Taught course

Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling

University of Brighton · School of Applied Social Science

Entry requirements

Degree and/or experience: You should hold a degree or professional qualification. You also need to have successfully completed an accredited counselling training course that: - 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. For non-native speakers of English: IELTS 6.5 overall, with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in the other elements.


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 PGDip helps to ground your understanding of humanistic counselling in workshop practice and encourages you to develop your own sense of 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).

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Course contact details

School of Applied Social Science