Taught course

Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies (Professional Training)

University of Salford · College of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

Suitable For: Professionals who are graduates and have successfully completed an academic year-long counselling programme (a minimum of 90 training hours) and wish to develop these skills further to become a professional counsellor. Once qualified you will be able to work with adults and young people (over 12 years of age) in private practice, public and voluntary sectors. Applicants are required to possess an honours degree in any subject and a graduate certificate or further education certificate in a counselling skills qualification. Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully. The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course. Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

Months of entry


Course content

3 good reasons to study Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies (Professional Training) at Salford:

  • Qualify as a counsellor on a professional counselling training course which is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Combines counselling skills and theory, professional issues and personal development
  • Includes a counselling placement.

Course Summary

During this course you will undertake an in-depth study of the person-centred and cognitive behavioural approach to counselling. You will gain an overview of therapeutic models and current developments in theory and practice. There will also be an opportunity for you to take part in intensive skills development and supervision of practice, alongside widespread opportunities for personal development. This course provides a balance between academic work, skills development, professional practice, and individual personal development and self-awareness.

Students who successfully complete all aspects of the professional training and do not wish to progress onto the full MSc can exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Those who complete the dissertation module will receive a full Masters qualification.

Information for international students

International students must provide evidence of proficiency in English - IELTS 6.5 band score or above are proof of this. If your current English language qualification is below this level, you may be able to take one of the many pre-sessional English courses.

Fees and funding

Fees 2014-15

Part Time- £2,625 for year one

Fees 2015-16

Part Time-£2,675 for year one

Additional costs

Additional costs may include supervision of counselling practice of up to £840 (based on 21 sessions at £25-£40) and personal therapy of up to £800 (based on 20 hours at £25-£40). These are mandatory requirements however in some cases this will be incorporated in the voluntary placement. Costs are approximated based on the current academic year.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study through our:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Salford student loyalty discount
  • Country bursary scheme for International students only

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months


part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment40
Creative work20
Professional practice40

Course contact details

Course Enquires
+44 (0)161 295 4545
+44 (0) 161 295 4646