Counselling

As society begins to realise the extent of its brokenness, there is a growing awareness of the significant need to help people suffering with mental health issues. We continue to recognise the need to train people to support those who are struggling with everyday life.

We provide the training to equip individuals to become professional counsellors. Whatever your starting point in academic learning, we have a pathway to help you on your academic journey.

The Dip HE, BA (Hons) and MA programmes equip students to work towards accreditation with a professional body, such as the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and/or the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC).

For students who may not initially meet the requirements to study at Higher Education level, our Waverley Award provides an access route. The Waverley Award also acts as an entry qualification to enter the MA Counselling programme if you wish to study at postgraduate level.

Lastly, the MA in Therapeutic Counselling and Psychotherapy has been designed and developed for qualified, practising counsellors who wish to deepen their knowledge and skills further in specific areas.

Higher Education Programmes


Postgraduate

  • MA in Counselling
  • MA in Therapeutic Counselling and Psychotherapy

Undergraduate

  • BA (Hons) Counselling
  • Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling
  • Certificate of  Higher Education in Counselling

Our Higher Education programmes are quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion.

Waverley Award

  • Waverley Certificate of Christian Counselling

Short courses

  • Introduction to Care and Counselling

“Thank you for all your input, support and encouragement to help me become a counsellor. Since gaining my diploma in 2016, I have been building a small private practice, which includes providing counselling for homeless people.” – Ali Marchant, Counselling graduate


The Higher Education Counselling curriculum

The counselling programme is designed to provide a robust and effective undergraduate training programme that ensures that students who exit with a Diploma of Higher Education or a BA (Hons) Counselling degree are professional, competent and ethical practitioners. All graduates will have attained the standards of proficiency required by professional counselling bodies, by the Quality Assurance Agency’s subject benchmark statements.

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

Year 3

  • Integrative Approaches and Mental Health
  • Advanced Counselling Skills:  Clinical Practice 2
  • Reflective Practice

Year 4

  • Fieldwork and Professional Development 3
  • Integration: Theory and Practice
  • Counselling and Spirituality

Year 5 (Students can opt to complete this module in year 4)

  • Counselling Literature Review (can be undertaken in Year 4 or completed as a final module in Year 5).