The course will provide you with a range of opportunities to learn about yourself and develop the skills to become a fully qualified, Person-Centred Counsellor, on a BACP Accredited course . Post-qualification, you are eligible to apply for BACP registration as a full member. A strong theoretical knowledge base, together with year one skills practice will prepare you for supervised counselling hours in your second year of training. Year three will complement your professional training, encouraging you to develop a specialism in your counselling practice and inviting you to undertake a small-scale research project. You will experience an exciting, psychologically demanding programme which will enrich your world view and develop your capacity for critical reflection.
During the recent pandemic, the course offered additional training to incorporate skills in telephone and video counselling within professional practice. The course has now formally embedded the BACP Online and Telephone Therapy (OPT) core curriculum into years 1 and 2. This furnishes students with the skills and knowledge of counselling via video and telephone, in addition to traditional in-person practice.
Teaching staff are all qualified counsellors and mental health practitioners and practice within a range of therapeutic environments. Our graduates progress in to careers as counsellors or working in the allied professions. Some graduates move on to completing a Masters qualification.
‘The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change’.
(Carl Rogers 1961)
You are a compassionate listener, a sensitive communicator, and others value your non-judgemental approach. Your interest in psychotherapy goes beyond a passing interest and you want to make a real difference to people’s lives. Your life experience, mature approach and individuality will be positively welcomed.
The importance of mental wellbeing is rapidly reaching the forefront of the government’s health agenda. A clear distinction between physical and mental health is giving way to a more holistic view. Consequently, talking therapies are increasing in popularity, with more trained counsellors and psychotherapists needed to meet the demands of a newly health-conscious society.
As a student, you will embark on a comprehensive study of the works of internationally-renowned psychologist Professor Carl Rogers, as well as modern developments within the person-centred approach. You will develop a strong theoretical understanding of a range of perspectives on the human psyche and receive continuous feedback on your developing skills. When prepared, you will benefit from the unique opportunity of working with real clients through the institution’s own counselling service, for which clinical supervision is provided. Issues for clients and work in mental health settings are considered in depth, and will continue to inform your professional practice with clients. In your final degree year, you will focus on preparation for employment and the opportunity to develop a specialism such as counselling children and young people, telephone and e-counselling, or the use of creative techniques, as well as undertaking an exciting research project. You will work with highly-experienced, qualified professionals with extensive experience in the sector who practise from a range of approaches across different therapeutic environments.
On graduating, you will be able to explore career opportunities in a variety of organisations such as schools, college or universities, GP surgeries, hospitals or dedicated advice centres. Past graduates have found employment within the National Health Service (NHS) as part of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme, while others have set up in private practice or work for voluntary organisations.
Undergraduate courses operate on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Each module is worth a specified number of credits, with most modules counting for 20 or 40 academic credits (depending on the programme), with each credit taken equating to a total amount of study time which includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.
Most full-time students will take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. A total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits are needed for an honours degree as a whole. Overall grades for the course and degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.
Our teaching is informed by research, professional practice and industry engagement and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline.
DipHE Person-Centred Counselling
**Please note there is a charge of £44 for a DBS check.
*UCAS Tariff points where shown, are for entry on to higher education programmes starting from September 2023.
If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.
Additional requirements for International Students:
This qualification is useful for those who work in or wish to work in the health and social care professions or in private counselling practice. Opportunities exist for progression to the BA (Hons) Person-Centred Counselling. This qualification will enable professional students in counselling to provide evidence of continuing professional development, enhance existing employment or support career progression to broader managerial and/or supervisory duties.
Some graduates find employment within the NHS as part of the IAPT (improving access to psychological therapy) programme; others set up in private practice or work for voluntary organisations. It should be borne in mind that counselling/psychotherapy is more frequently a part-time occupation and that most therapists complement this with other part-time work, often in allied sectors.
This qualification will enable professional students in counselling to provide evidence of continuing professional development and undertake broader managerial and/or supervisory duties.
Timetables: Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week.
Teaching and Learning: You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practicals. Seminars enable smaller group discussions to develop understanding of topics covered in lectures.
When not attending lectures, seminars and practicals or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-directed study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, learning zone or technical learning resources, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations
Assessment: The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.
There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.
Feedback: You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.
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