Taught course

Counselling Psychology

Institution
UWE Bristol · Department of Health and Social Sciences
Qualifications
Doctorate

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have the following:

  • Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society
  • upper second class or first class degree in psychology
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills (comprising a minimum of 75 class hours)
  • one year's experience of working in a one to one helping role
  • the standard University levels of proficiency for English Language.

You should state the grade achieved for your undergraduate research project on your application.

In addition, applicants should:

  • be academically able to succeed at doctoral level and able to develop professional practice to doctoral level
  • have reached a level of maturity, which is not to do with age, to enable them to work with the emotional demands of vulnerable clients and the personal development aspects of the course
  • be open-minded and respectful of diverse views and perspectives
  • have the capacity for self reflection and be open to feedback from others
  • demonstrate a good level of interpersonal skills and sensitivity to others
  • have the ability to synthesise and communicate complex ideas both verbally and in writing.

Health assessment/declaration - applicants must be in good health. Those offered a place are required to complete a questionnaire and be prepared to undergo a medical examination if necessary.

Disclosure of Criminal Background - the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 does not apply and all convictions, including those which are spent, must be disclosed. This is in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. Applicants who are offered a place must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and will be required to complete a Disclosure Application Form. All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.

Occasionally applicants are eligible for entry under an Accredited Prior Learning scheme. We review these applications on an individual basis. Our policy is based on HCPC Standards of Proficiency for Counselling Psychologists and applicants must be able to demonstrate that they meet relevant Standards of Proficiency.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This applied professional training course gives you a doctorate-level education leading to a Doctor in Counselling Psychology. It comprises a comprehensive programme of taught modules, 450 hours of counselling psychology practice in a range of placements, and a doctorate-level research project. Experts guide you through integrated theory, personal and professional development, and clinical practice, with focus on the value of research and how it directly informs current practice.

In-depth preparation for practice

You receive rigorous training on personal, professional and academic levels, which requires you to combine personal development with explicit psychological theory as a basis for mindful clinical practice.

The training will equip you to work in a broad range of settings, including the NHS, industry, third sector, private practice, academic and research roles, and many others. Our links with practices and partner providers, such as LIFT, the NHS and the Avon Wiltshire Partnership, make this course highly vocational and popular with employers.

Based on the relational psychodynamic perspective, coupled with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, this course is designed to help you develop an integrative perspective based on these perspectives and any previous experience. For example, you may already have studied client-centred or existential perspectives as part of counselling certificate courses. The programme team is committed to the view that the therapeutic relationship is a key factor in promoting client change. The relational perspective is therefore a key element taught throughout the whole course. In Year 1 the model taught is relational psychodynamic; in Year 2 it is CBT and in Year 3 we integrate the two.

You must engage in personal counselling or therapy for the first two years of the course a minimum of 60 hours over the course. This reflects our central focus on a relational approach to practice. Please note, the cost for this is not included in the fees.

Please see our listing for this course on the UWE Bristol website for more information.

We hold a number of University-wide open evenings as well as subject specific events throughout the year for anyone considering postgraduate and professional study. Read more about events at UWE Bristol.

Fees and funding

Please see our postgraduate funding pages for more information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Doctorate
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    48-60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
UWE Admissions
Email
admissions@uwe.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)117 32 83333