Taught course

Counselling Diploma

University of East Anglia · School of Education and Lifelong Learning

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be expected to be graduates (of any discipline), but those with other professional qualifications or who can demonstrate appropriate academic skills will be considered. More importantly, applicants will be expected to have undertaken previous counselling or counselling skills training.

Months of entry


Course content

Accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, the Postgraduate Diploma component runs over a period of one year and is designed to equip successful students to practise professionally as counsellors. The central theoretical model for the course is the person-centred approach developed by Carl Rogers. Students may opt to progress to the full research-based MA Counselling after the first year.

The central theoretical model for the course is the person-centred approach developed by the late Carl Rogers. All trainees undertake a counselling placement; the course has relationships with a number of local counselling agencies, including the University Counselling Service, and trainees are supported through the selection and application process to find a placement in which they can develop their qualities as a counsellor. The course also assists students in the selection of an individual supervisor to support the placement, and course fees cover the cost of supervision for the placement year.

The course is distinctive in exploring the implications of person centred theory and practice for spiritual understanding and development. Students are invited to bring their own experiences or views on spirituality, whatever these may be, with a view to developing a greater openness to clients’ experiences and a deepening of their own humanity. Long standing links exist between the course and the Julian Shrine in Norwich, an internationally renowned centre of pilgrimage and scholarly activity.

The course also provides a unique opportunity to experience Focusing, a way of working with the inner ‘felt sense’ developed by Carl Rogers’ colleague Eugene Gendlin*. The course also offers the opportunity to consider the dialogue between classical and relational person-centred practice (on which the training is consistently centred) and process experiential developments within the wider approach. Core staff have an interest in the concept of ‘integrating with integrity’ (Richard Worsley*).

Information for international students

IELTS at 7.0 with minimum 6.5 in Reading and Writing and 6.0 in Listening and Speaking. For a full list of accepted English language tests / qualifications, please see our website. Campus accommodation is guaranteed for all international students who meet the specified criteria by 31st July.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

A variety of Scholarships and Bursaries may be offered to UK/EU and International students. These are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study. Full details and application deadlines are available from the course web page.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment25
Professional practice25
self and peer assessment25

Course contact details

+44 (0) 1603 591515