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Psychotherapeutic Counselling Professional Diploma

Course Description

Psychotherapeutic Counselling courses at Staffordshire University offer two routes to a professional qualification in counselling. For those studying at postgraduate level the Postgraduate Diploma Psychotherapeutic Counselling and for those studying at undergraduate level (H) the Professional Diploma Psychotherapeutic Counselling. Additionally, applicants with a Postgraduate Diploma can apply for direct entry into the final MSc year. Both the Postgraduate Diploma ans Professional Diploma are accredited by BACP and aim to meet the standards of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy for counsellor training and education. The course reflects the four elements of training: Theory, Counselling Skills, Professional Issues and Personal Development as outlined by the Association. The course contact hours may be counted towards meeting part of criterion 4 of the BACP Counsellor/Psychotherapist Accreditation scheme. The provision of these four elements builds on the student s ability to function as an effective, ethically aware counsellor in a structured and coherent way. The MSc/Professional Diploma takes account of the move towards the more integrative approaches to counselling, which better meet the needs of Counselling clients in our present day multicultural and diverse society.

Course content

As a part-time student you will normally complete Stage 1 (Postgraduate Certificate) in Year 1, Stage 2 (Postgraduate Diploma) in Year 2, and Stage 3 (MSc) in Year 3. You may progress to the MSc Psychotherapeutic Counselling on successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma.

The MSc will be awarded on successful completion of the Research Proposal module (15 credits) and the Dissertation module (45 credits). The Postgraduate Certificate/ Postgraduate Diploma/ Professional Certificate/ Professional Diploma elements of this course all have four threads running continuously throughout the programme:
-Counselling Theory and Research
-Personal and Professional Development
-Professional, Legal and Ethical Studies
-Counselling Skills Practice and Development


This course is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Other admission requirements

Candidates must have successfully completed a Certificate in Counselling or equivalent for both the Postgraduate and Professional route.

Candidates must obtain a counselling placement whereby they can undertake a minimum of 100 hours of supervised counselling practice during the course.

Candidates should also have a good standard of written and spoken English (IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, IELTS 7.0 or equivalent for the Postgraduate Diploma or MSc).

This course is designed for emotionally mature students.

Visit the Psychotherapeutic Counselling Professional Diploma page on the Staffordshire University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Candidates for the MSc should have a good Honours degree. We also welcome applications from those with qualifications relevant to counselling, e.g., Registered Mental Health Nurse, Qualified Social Worker, etc. and from those with evidence of working at degree level via a post qualification portfolio. See course description for further admission details.

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