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Counselling Skills (PgCert)

Course Description

Why this course?

This course provides an opportunity for those who've already discovered an interest in counselling. It allows you to take that interest further or apply counselling skills to other settings. It does not lead to a qualification in counselling but can be a stepping stone to such an objective.

The course is validated by COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland) and as a postgraduate level course carries 60 credits at SCQF Level 11.

If you successfully complete the certificate course you’ll be given priority in the application process for the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/counsellingskills/

You’ll study

The course is experiential in nature and aims to enable you to:
- gain a fuller understanding of self and of self in relationships
- describe the values, concepts and process of the person-centred approach to helping
- apply this approach in your own helping context
- become a more effective helper through the use of counselling skills

Teaching staff

Staff in our Counselling Unit are trained and accredited through their relevant professional bodies and/or registered with the UK Council for Psychotherapy. They are experienced practitioners as well as trainers, ensuring our courses offer thoroughly practical training of the highest quality and integrity.


The course is validated by COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland).

Learning & teaching

This campus-based course runs from September to May with the following elements:
- an introductory week in September where the course meets from 10am to 5pm each weekday
- 13 single Mondays at roughly fortnightly intervals between September and April
- a two-day block in April/May

You’ll spend 120 hours based on campus. You’re expected to spend the same amount of time doing home study and reflection.


- Where are they now?
89.2% of our graduates are in work or further study.*

Job titles include:
- Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Marketing Officer
- Professional Counsellor
- Quality Supervisor
- Social Worker
- Tutor
- Youth Worker

Employers include:
- Action for Children
- Capability Scotland
- Childline
- Childrens Hospice Association Scotland
- Home Start
- Liber8 Lanarkshire Ltd
- Quintiles
- Richmond Fellowship

*Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey.

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

Visit the Counselling Skills (PgCert) page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A degree, or equivalent professional qualifications, for example, social work, nursing or teaching. We also accept applications from candidates who've little or no formal qualifications but who can demonstrate an ability to work at postgraduate level through an assessed piece of written work. Two references are required, one regarding your academic ability and one regarding your suitability for counselling skills training.

Course Fees

2015/16: Scotland/EU £1,660; Rest of UK £1,660

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