Taught course

Counselling Psychology

University of East London · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

A good honours degree in psychology (minimum of 2:1) which confers Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). Applicants will need to attend an online interview.

  • Ability and experience of conducting independent research
  • Prior training in counselling skills and or other relevant therapeutic training (e.g., that offered by NHS IAPT programmes such as for psychological well-being practitioners; counselling training undertaken as a health or social care worker; counselling certificate or diploma)
  • Relevant work and/or voluntary experience in a mental health setting (NHS or other). This must be face-to-face and more than 'befriending' (e.g. assistant psychologist, counsellor, psychological well-being practitioner)

Months of entry


Course content

This course is particularly suited to students interested in undergoing professional training that will equip them for employment as a clinician in the NHS, the voluntary sector or in private practice.

Our typical applicant is someone who already has experience in working in the mental health sector and understands about working with people.

We will encourage you to develop a flexible, reflective and critical approach to psychological and psychotherapeutic theory, research and practice, and will provide you with relevant experience to facilitate understanding of the different facets of work as a Counselling Psychologist and how this role is evolving in contemporary employment settings.

The course involves a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars and workshops. You will be required to be on placement throughout your training and to have successfully completed 450 hours of one-to-one supervised clinical practice by the end of the course.

Training placements are crucial to your learning and the development of your clinical competence and confidence. Our programme has close links with a range of placement providers in East London and we provide you with high levels of support and guidance in securing clinical placements that contribute to your learning and professional development.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • ProfDoc
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Applicant Relations
+44 (0) 208 223 3333