Taught course

Counselling Psychology

University of Wolverhampton · Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing
DProf by taught

Entry requirements

• A 2.1 Honours degree in Psychology or equivalent.

• Eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered status with the British Psychological Society (GBC).

• Possession of a qualification in counselling skills to Level 3 certificate standard.

• 6 months (full-time) or 12 months (part-time) in a paid or voluntary helping role, using counselling skills with clients on a face-to-face basis. Experience should normally have taken place within the last five years and would normally equate to 100 hours direct counselling work.

Months of entry


Course content

The degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society, leading to Chartered status. It is continually revised with the very latest developments in the profession. The BPS develops and promotes psychology for the public good, and works to advance the role psychologists have in society by setting the standards of professional education and knowledge. Our courses are continually improved to meet these standards. The programme is approved by the Health & Care Professions Council, leading to eligibility for registration upon completion of the programme.

Our Professional Doctorate is a fully accredited training programme in Counselling Psychology. Our modern programme includes:

  • A comprehensive learning experience with an expert team.
  • State of the art facilities & equipment.
  • Applied placement opportunities in a variety of clinical settings, with experienced supervisors.

Counselling Psychology brings a unique fusion of the science of Psychology with the traditions of Psychotherapy, enabling graduates to work in a variety of challenging professional practice settings.

Our programme is one of the longest established training programmes in the United Kingdom, providing an exciting learning experience leading to professional recognition as a qualified Counselling Psychologist. It is a programme of personal and professional development designed to develop competencies in the assessment and psychotherapeutic treatment of complex mental health issues. You will gain expertise in applied psychotherapies, research, and professional practise.

A foundation in humanist values, with emphasis on an empathic therapist-client relationship as central to mental health work, the programme offers an integrative framework for the development of a range of clinical, research, and reflective skills. It offers an applied working knowledge of humanistic, cognitive behavioural, psychodynamic and systemic approaches. It supports the development of formulation-driven, integrated, and evidence-based ways of working, where trainees respond to the unique needs of each client they see. This degree offers a unique fusion of academic Psychology and practical training in counselling competencies. Each year you will undertake a range of modules where you will learn from qualified experts in the field, who will teach you how to engage with clients and make a positive contribution to their welfare. You will engage an experiential learning throughout the entirety of the programme, and develop a robust skill set that can be applied in any work-situation.

The vitality of the course comes from an experienced and supportive course team, passionate about empowerment in mental health. Building on a programme history spanning two decades, the programme is committed to the development of ethical and reflective practitioners who work collaboratively with clients, as co-creators of the therapeutic experience.

Information for international students

A good standard of written and spoken English (IELTS 7.0 or equivalent).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • DProf by taught
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

01902 32 22 22