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, eligible for BACP registration. A strong theoretical knowledge base, together with year one skills practice will prepare you for supervised professional practice hours with clients in your second year of training. You will experience an exciting, psychologically demanding programme which will enrich your world view.
Teaching staff are all qualified counsellors 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 their masters in Psychology and Counselling.
‘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 psychology 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 course will involve a comprehensive study of Carl Rogers’ person-centred theory and practice contextualised in a range of key paradigms. Students have the opportunity to work with clients through the counselling service, clinical supervision is provided.
Successful completion of the Diploma programme leads to the award of a Diploma of Higher Education: Person-centred Counselling (which is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and has been for over 20 years).
The DipHE in Person-centred Counselling is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and is studied by students at University Centre Colchester at Colchester Institute over two years.
Delivery is through a range of methods including lectures, seminars, case-study, discussions and workshops. A variety of assessment strategies will be used including assignments, case studies, work-based projects, patchwork texts and extended research study/dissertation.
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 30/40 or 15/20 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 2021.
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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