Why study Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling &
The PG Dip is a two year part-time course,
designed for students with prior counselling skills training and
experience in using these counselling skills in a helping role. If
you successfully complete the course, you will have undertaken the
training element required to apply for individual British
Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Counsellor
Accreditation. You will still need to build up your client hours..
Please visit the BACP website for details of full
Successful students who complete the Postgraduate
Diploma to the full 120 credits are eligible to apply to continue
their study to achieve the award of MA of a research methods module
and a research paper.
How can I study?
The PG Dip meets one day per week over two
academic years. You are also required to attend a two-day
residential in each year of the course. The course starts in
What will I study?
Equal weight is given to the importance of
counselling theory, counselling practice and personal development
in the training of counsellors. The structure of the course
reflects this balance. You are introduced to elements of academic
The core theoretical model for the course is
integrative, with an emphasis on humanistic values and on the
significance of the therapeutic relationship.
In year two you are encouraged to develop and
articulate your own integrated approach to counselling deriving
from the study and application of a range of counselling theories
and approaches. All modules are compulsory as the course is
developmental and provides an integrated training in theory,
process and skills as prescribed by the BACP.
Will I get any practical experience?
Yes. You are required to complete a minimum of 75
hours of counselling practice each year.
What skills will I acquire?
The practitioner training programme develops a
wide skills base including:
- the capacity to work with a range of presenting client
- the ability to reflect on your own practice and to use
professional supervision appropriately to support you in your
- competency in using helping and relationship skills across a
range of contexts and presenting issues.
How will I be assessed?
The course is assessed through a variety of
assignments, including essays, learning journal, supervised
counselling practice file, joint learning statements and recordings
of counselling competence.
Staff research interests
Staff are engaged in a wide range of research
including supervision, relational ethics and practice ethics.
Degree programme information