A minimum of a lower second-class honours degree (2:2). Applicants will also be considered on the basis of previous work experience. Applicants are expected to have done some relevant work experience or further training in a counselling-related field. Applicants who have been shortlisted will be invited for an interview.
If your first language is not English you should have an IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in writing.
Months of entry
The Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling is a part-time course designed to provide professional training for people considering a career in counselling, psychotherapy and related mental health fields.
In the first two years of training, the diploma will prepare you to be a reflective, knowledgeable practitioner, with self-awareness and competency to work ethically, safely and effectively with a wide range of clients, including Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diversity (GSRD). To achieve this, the course curriculum integrates skills practice, theory, a focus on personal wellbeing and development, research, and professional development. After completion of the Postgraduate Diploma, you can choose to take the Master's component of the course, involving a year-long Research Methods and Project in Counselling module.
This course focuses on two highly influential modalities: psychodynamic therapies and humanistic therapies, which are used in a wide variety of therapeutic settings. In addition to the weekly modules, you’ll attend eight weekend workshops, exploring themes including cognitive behaviour therapy, sex therapy, working in the context of religion and spirituality, mirror work, creative ways of working, and online therapy. Thus, this training will allow you to graduate with in-depth knowledge and skills, and foster the ability to integrate different modalities in your therapeutic work.
There is an additional focus on inclusive training that welcomes differing perspectives, thus promoting empathy for different cultures and ways of living. You’ll directly engage with a variety of different identities such as sexuality, gender, ability, culture and ethnicity, bringing to life the lived experience of a diverse range of clients and allowing you to consider the impact different levels of (dis)advantage and privilege have on your clients. This is important if the field is to better meet the challenges of supporting diverse clients, and will allow you to graduate with the confidence to challenge oppressive structures as a practitioner.
Fees and funding
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- part time24 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- Course Enquiries Team