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Counselling Psychology (Graduate Certificate)

Course Description

The Graduate Certificate in Counselling Psychology is a one-year part-time course that provides an excellent foundation for further advanced study in counselling psychology.

It is designed for:
- graduates who have little or no professional experience but wish to extend their knowledge of counselling psychology skills and theory prior to undertaking more advanced training

- healthcare professionals, teachers, social workers, and managers

- others who wish to enhance their interpersonal and counselling skills and apply them within their professional practice.


Scholarship opportunities will be available for UK/EU and international students looking to study postgraduate courses in the School of Arts & Social Sciences starting in September 2016.

See the website http://www.city.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/counselling-psychology-graduate-certificate

Course Content

The Graduate Certificate in Counselling Psychology gives you the opportunity to learn about the interpersonal and therapeutic skills which are the foundation of the counselling process.

It also provides a range of theoretical frameworks, linking psychological theory and counselling technique, and acts as a template for model-based counselling practice.

The course is designed for psychology graduates, healthcare professionals, teachers, social workers, managers and others who wish to develop their interpersonal and counselling skills and improve the application of these within their professional practice.

It is not a professional training programme and is not intended to train you to be an independent counselling practitioner.It is, however, an excellent foundation if you want to extend your knowledge and experience of counselling prior to undertaking more advanced training in counselling psychology or a related discipline.

If you wish to undertake professional training in counselling psychology, leading to chartership with the British Psychological Society (BPS) please see our Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology.

Course Structure

This course runs on one day a week (Wednesday) for one academic year. It consists of six modules, four of which are taught modules. (The other two are a project and personal and professional development.) You take two of the taught modules in the first term, and the other two in the second term. You are expected to use those weeks where no teaching takes place for practical experience, seminars, tutorials and project work.

‌•Counselling across the lifespan
‌•Counselling skills
‌•Personal and professional development
‌•Theoretical models in counselling psychology
‌•Understanding mental health

Teaching and Assessment

- Teaching
You will learn through a variety of methods, including lectures, role playing and small group projects.

- Assessment
To be awarded the Graduate Certificate qualification, you must successfully complete one piece of coursework for each of the six modules. These include written assignments, a reflective diary, project work and class-based role-plays and presentations.

Read the full 2015 programme specification (http://www.city.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/274593/GSCPSY-Grad-Cert-Counselling-Psychology.pdf)


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance - http://www.city.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/funding-and-financial-support


Graduate Loyalty Discount: The School of Arts & Social Sciences offer a 10% discount on tuition fees for all City graduates - http://www.city.ac.uk/alumni/recent-graduates/graduate-loyalty-discount

Career Prospects

Graduates of the course are typically employed in a variety of settings, including NHS primary, secondary or tertiary care, the prison service, schools and voluntary agencies.

Visit the Counselling Psychology (Graduate Certificate) page on the City, University of London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You are usually required to have an honours degree for entry onto this course. Relevant experience or a recognised professional qualification is preferable, but not a necessity. If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence of having either English Language GCSE grade C or above, or an IELTS test score of 6.5 or above (with a minimum of 6.0 in each separate sub-test).

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