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 runs over a period of one year and is designed to equip successful students to practise professionally as counsellors. The 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.

All trainees are required to secure a counselling placement; the course has relationships with a number of counselling agencies in Norfolk and Suffolk 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*).

See Campbell Purton (2007) The Focusing-Oriented Primer (PCCS books) and Richard Worsley in Pete Sanders (ed) (2013 or 2004) The Tribes of the Person-Centred Nation (PCCS books)

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

Applicants joining the PG Diploma in Counselling are not eligible for the Postgraduate loan, however applicants joining the full MA in Counselling are eligible for the loan if they meet all other criteria.

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