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Interpersonal & Counselling Skills (PG Cert)

Course Description

You will gain a thorough grounding in the practical skills involved with successful counselling, and you will be encouraged to adopt a self-reflective approach when evaluating your abilities - exploring your feelings, attitudes and personal relational issues.

You will enhance your understanding of social and cultural differences and values, and analyse ethical dilemmas found in the profession. This will give you the ability to work effectively and sensitively with clients from a variety of backgrounds.

Even if you have limited experience in interpersonal and counselling practice, this course will provide you with the fundamentals needed to enter this rewarding field.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: 40% of our research in the Psychology unit was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/interpersonalcounsellingskills_pgcert

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


Our course will help you enter the counselling profession and provides a good grounding for further study on our Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. If you already work in a care or a health-related profession, you will develop extra skills to enhance your current career.

- Counsellor
- Mental Health Worker

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

You'll develop skills that will help you analyse dilemmas and work effectively and sensitively with ethical issues such as social and cultural differences including diverse values, beliefs and attitudes of clients.

Core Modules

Reflective Practice
Focus on developing reflective, professional and ethical use of counselling skills in the work place. By understanding an organisation's ethical codes of practice, your own personal ethics and those of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy you will raise your awareness of everyday ethical dilemmas at work and provides a background for evaluating them.

Personal and Professional Awareness and Development
Critically reflect on the personal development aspects of what you have learnt previously and draw upon the relevance of experiences at work and at home.

Theory and Practice of Interpersonal and Counselling Skills
Combine theory and practice using the interpersonal and counselling skills you have developed. You will apply the knowledge you have built up to a fictional character and demonstrate your understanding of the core theory models.

Professor Ieuan Ellis

Dean, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

"We have a long history of providing education across a wide range of professional and academic disciplines in health, applied global ethics, social sciences and related subject areas... The Faculty has a number of areas of research excellence."

Ieuan is responsible for the strategic leadership of the Faculty of Health and Social sciences. He is also a member of Academic Board, and an elected staff representative on the Board of Governors. He is also Chair of the UK Council of Deans of Health and Co-chair of the National Allied Health Professions Advisory Board. After practicing as a chartered physiotherapist in the NHS and private sector, Ieuan entered higher education working initially at Northumbria University prior to joining our University. Ieuan has held a number of leadership and management roles across health and social care education and was awarded a personal chair as Professor in Healthcare Education.


- Interpersonal Skills Suite
We have plenty of private rooms to allow you to try out your counselling skills. They come equipped with recording facilities so you’re able to reflect on and improve your practice.

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Clinical Skills Suite
The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the Interpersonal & Counselling Skills (PG Cert) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Zainah Khan

My course has been really empowering. It teaches you skills you can implement in your own life, as well as academically and professionally. I've developed a great sense of self-awareness and empathy, which support me in establishing good rapport with my students. These abilities have become natural to me, and I use them everyday in my job.

Zainah Khan
Student Liaison Officer, Leeds Beckett University in


Entry Requirements

Please check our site for the most up-to-date entry requirements (View Website).

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