Taught course

Therapeutic Counselling

University of Greenwich · School of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

Applicants should have: An honours degree at 2:1 or above PLUS some knowledge of counselling skills PLUS experience of working with people in a helping capacity. • Applicants are required to submit a separate personal statement of at least 500 words in support of their interest in pursuing counsellor training. Eligible applicants will then be invited to attend a small group information session, plus a formal one to one interview. • Applicants with suitable prior learning may seek direct entry. You may gain exemption from the three year one courses thereby completing the programme in two years. • Applicants seeking direct entry will be required to present a portfolio demonstrating successful completion of counselling training at equivalent postgraduate certificate and/or diploma level. • Applicants who do not have English as their first language, must have an IELTS score of 7.0 or above or an equivalent rating in another recognised language testing system.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. It provides excellent training and education for those who seek a formal counselling qualification matched to BACP professional body requirements and competences.

It is suitable for applications from: allied health disciplines; those who are seeking to make a career change but have some experience (voluntary or otherwise) in a helping capacity e.g. human resources, law, social services, education; or those seeking to enhance current professional practice with insight into the theory and practice of counselling and psychotherapy and the management of high intensity distress.

The programme's flexible entry system may also appeal if you have previous post graduate counsellor training and are seeking a master's level qualification accredited by the BACP.

If you are interested in a career in counselling but do not have the relevant qualifications or experience the university also offers undergraduate programme in Psychology with Counselling (BSc) and Counselling (BA). Please see the undergraduate pages of the online prospectus.

Students of this programme will attend an afternoon and evening per week, for three terms (i.e. 28 weeks) per year. Applications are considered throughout the year.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To provide you with a range of therapeutic counselling techniques based on an integrative relationship model
  • To enable you to examine critically and reflect on counselling theory in the light of a range of contextual issues and cultural differences
  • To give you opportunities to understand the impact of context on the practice of counselling
  • To provide you with the opportunity to follow individual theoretical, professional and research interests, determine how to integrate theory and practice, evaluate your practice in the light of different theoretical perspectives, and study a theoretical approach to an advanced level.


  • The Integrative Relationship in Context (20 credits)
  • Professional Aspects of the Integrative Relationship in Context (20 credits)
  • The Integrative Relationship and Practice 1 (20 credits)
  • The Integrative Relationship and Therapeutic Counselling (20 credits)
  • Professional Aspects of the Integrative Relationship (20 credits)
  • The Integrative Relationship and Practice 2 (20 credits)
  • Counselling Research Methodology and Project (40 credits)
  • Advanced Clinical Theory and Practice (20 credits)

Fees and funding

Sponsoring workplace organisations.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment58
Professional practice25
Dissertation17 (10000 words)

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
020 8331 9000
020 8331 8145