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Diploma in Professional Studies in Counselling

Course Description

This course provides a professional training in counselling. It is designed to promote the development of knowledge, skills and self-awareness, not in isolation from one another but in their inter-related meanings for the whole person. There is therefore an emphasis on the integration of experience, understanding and behaviour throughout the course.

There is also emphasis on the importance of an awareness of counselling as a process of social interaction occurring within the context of organisations and broader social relationships, processes and structures.

Key benefits

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

Course detail

A typical day in Year 1 includes input, experience and discussion around counselling theory and practice; counselling skills practice and supervision; personal development groups; relevant ideas from psychology and sociology; and opportunities to develop support groups and self-directed activities. You will be expected to undertake a minimum of 40 hours' counselling practice in Year 1.

In Year 2, the focus on counselling theory and practice is supplemented by regular supervision of casework. You will have the opportunity to investigate group and organisational processes and to develop skills of intervention. There is also project work supported by individual tutorials. You will be expected to undertake a minimum of 80 hours' counselling practice in Year 2. All students will receive personal weekly counselling for the duration of the course.

Study time

Students attend one day a week, with one week long teaching block towards the beginning of the second year.


Assessment is continuous, including elements of self, peer and tutor-assessment.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx


- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

Visit the Diploma in Professional Studies in Counselling page on the University of the West of England, Bristol website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

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