Taught course


University of Worcester · Institute of Health and Society

Entry requirements

An honours degree (normally 2:2 and above), preferably in an associated subject or equivalent professional qualifications or A recognised Diploma in counselling or psychotherapy following either a humanistic or psychodynamic orientation, or equivalent professional practice or A counselling placement or present work within a counselling context (see below) Any student who wishes to use their counselling practice with children or vulnerable adults, for their practice placement will have to have a current enhanced Criminal Records Check (CRB). Many placements will require students to have a current enhanced CRB irrespective of their client group. The University is committed to widening participation to candidates from diverse backgrounds, abilities and ages. The programme is open to those already in counselling practice and to those with the appropriate background who wish to pursue a career in counselling.

Months of entry


Course content

  • Develop your knowledge of the main psychological approaches used in therapeutic counselling
  • Option of studying: Early Interventions in Dementia Care
  • Explore and research topics of interest to you with supportive staff
  • Study and reflect on current developments and debates in psychological care
  • Flexible completion, over one or two years
  • Add depth to your critical abilities and research confident

The course is open to those who have particular interest in counselling, for further development with a view to professional training in counselling or clinical psychology. The course is also pertinent to those working in Health and Social Care, including those with an interest in dementia care, wishing to extend their knowledge and research base in psychological approaches to care and psychological function.

This course of study is currently offered on both a full-time and a part-time basis.

The programme is taught in blocks, with each module being two blocks of two days (Friday and Saturday). The days are organized into blocks of different learning activities, e.g. presentation/facilitation by the tutor, practical exercises (individual and/or group task), discussion and reflection. Importantly, between the blocks the students are supported with additional reading, provided in the form of primary source articles, book chapters and practitioner journal articles.

Information for international students

International students must hold a qualification equivalent to a UK first or second class hours degree All international students for whom English is not their first language are required to achieve IELTS 6.5 or equivalency

Fees and funding

UK students
Please visit http://www.worcester.ac.uk/your-home/course-fees.html for full details
International students
Please visit http://www.worcester.ac.uk/your-home/course-fees.html for full details

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months


part time
18 months


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
01905 855111