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Counselling Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)



A two year part-time programme.


Entry Points

Students enter the programme at the beginning of the academic year in September.


Mode of Study

This programme is taught in Week / Weekend mode over seven weekends and two weeks (Monday to Friday), which has a residential option; or as a One-Day-A-Week programme.


Dates and fees of programme


Programme Content

Students taking this programme will cover:

Year 1

  • Counselling Theory and the Waverley Integrative Framework of Counselling
  • Counselling Skills and Practice
  • Personal and Professional Development

Year 2

  • Developmental Psychology and Psychopathology
  • Counselling Skills: Clinical Practice 1 (optional)
  • Supervision and Professional Development (optional)
  • Self-Awareness and Personal Growth



This programme is validated by Middlesex University.  It is level 4 of the Higher Education Framework and upon successful completion, will amount to 120 credits.



Students are required to complete written assignments; exams and journals during the programme.


Description of Modules
Year 1
  • Counselling Theory and the Waverley Integrative Framework of Counselling
  • This modules provides students with a theoretical base and foundation for the whole programme. It introduces students to a Christian anthropology and theory of human personality and to the Waverley Integrative Framework of Counselling, a holistic approach which reflects on the client’s history and current circumstances and on all core aspects of human functioning: relational, physical, emotional, volitional, rational and spiritual. Furthermore, the module provides students with the opportunity to apply the Waverley Integrative Framework and related counselling skills in a guided practice situation and through the use of case studies. Students will also be given an overview of the field of human development and a survey of human behaviour associated to lifespan development. In addition, in order to enable students to appreciate the issues involved in integrating psychological theories into the Waverley Integrative Framework; students will be given an introduction to a range of therapeutic approaches to counselling. Students will also be introduced to basic research principles and methodology, assisting students to understand and make use of research findings to ensure evidence-based practice.
  • Counselling Skills and Practice
  • It is important that students are equipped with counselling skills in order to prepare them for their work with clients.  This module aims to do this by facilitating students to understand the importance of developing relationship-building skills which enables the formation of a therapeutic relationship and creates conditions in which change can occur. Students are also introduced to a range of basic and advanced counselling skills for use within the counselling process and provided with the opportunity to gain practice and experience in the use of these skills. In addition students are assisted to develop self-awareness and the ability to give and receive feedback. This module thus enables students to relate counselling theory with practice via peer counselling triplets using the Waverley Integrative Framework.
  • Personal and Professional Development 1
  • In order for students to become professionally competent, it is important that they are aware of the personal and professional issues that arise in counselling. This module aims to achieve this by enabling students to understand the different aspects of professional development in its various contexts and settings, assisting them to appreciate the need for ongoing professional development and providing them with an understanding of what constitutes good practice for the professional counsellor. This will include introducing students to the ethical and legal obligations for counsellors, the importance of supervision and the need to be aware of the potential ethical dilemmas and boundary issues that may arise, including those that might occur for practitioners operating within faith communities. Furthermore, students are also assisted to increase their self-awareness and to understand the importance of self-awareness in professional practice.
  • Students are required to undertake 15 hours of self-funded personal therapy
Year 2
  • Developmental Psychology and Psychopathology

In order to prepare students for their work with clients, students will be introduced to a number of mental health disorders and diagnostic criteria. They will also be encouraged to reflect on a range of assessment issues and consider when counselling may, or may not be helpful and when referral might be required. The module will assist students in reviewing psychological literature and research in order to consider cognitive, developmental and social psychology and the potential implications of findings for the practice of counselling.

  • Counselling Skills: Clinical Practice 1 (optional and provides a further 20 credits)

In order to further enable students to integrate their learnt theory into their clinical practice, it is important to build on previous skills and theory lectures. This module introduces students to a number of interventions, drawing on Psychodynamic Theory, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, creative methods and (if appropriate to the client) Christian approaches to spirituality. In section 2 of this module, students will be encouraged to identify issues of difference and diversity and to become increasingly aware of the impact of a client’s cultural and social context.

Students are required to undertake 50 hours of placement work with clients

  • Supervision and Professional Development 2 (optional and provides a further 20 credits)

This module enables students to become ethical and competent practitioners.  It provides students with professional awareness and expertise, in particular in providing a greater knowledge of ethical practice.  The module provides training on how to use supervision and group supervision effectively; enables students to be supported in their client work with group supervision, and to gain experience in giving and receiving feedback on their client work in a group setting.  Students will be informed at this stage on the accreditation requirements of counselling bodies (BACP and ACC).

Students are required to undertake 20 hours of self-funded individual supervision

  • Self-awareness and Personal Growth

It is important for counsellors to increase in self-awareness of self in relationship with others, thus encouraging personal growth.  To facilitate the development of this, this module encourages students to understand theories and models of group dynamics; to continue to attend process groups during the remaining CertHE programme; to continue to reflect on the connection between the student’s personal story, their relationships with others, and their relationship with God and to have personal therapy to continue to assist personal growth and awareness.

Students are required to undertake a further 15 hours of self-funded personal therapy.

Entry Requirements

Minimum of 2 A level passes and GCSE English Grade C (or above) and/or a minimum of 3 years related life experience and other qualifications may be taken in to account.


Waverley Abbey College, Waverley Abbey House, Waverley Lane, Farnham GU9 8EP


For further information

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