This online Counselling Studies and Skills University Diploma course is a one-year introduction to Counselling and is an ideal starting point if you are interested in becoming a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist. It’s the first step towards becoming an accredited counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or just a perfect entry-level course to help you understand more about this subject.
This qualification alone will not give you a licence to practice but may help you decide if counselling is a career you wish to pursue. You may be able to continue your studies at Derby with our BACP-accredited MSc Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy course, providing you meet the necessary entry requirements.
Useful in many fields
Counselling skills are particularly useful for nurses, teachers, pastors, police officers, community workers, youth workers, managers or anyone dealing with vulnerable or distressed people. You may have a degree in a related subject but no experience of counselling or plenty of counselling experience but lack formal qualifications. You may be in a job in which some counselling knowledge would be a real aid. Whatever your situation, this is an excellent foundation and a recognised qualification which allows you to move on to further study and broaden your career.
Opportunities to practise counselling skills
You might be surprised to learn that counselling can be studied online. But, through our use of specially designed, interactive teaching methods, you’ll participate in virtual classrooms and online discussion forums where you can discuss and debate relevant topics with fellow online students. So, in many ways, it can feel a less daunting environment in which to learn.
Studying online gives you the flexibility to study at the most convenient time and place for you. Course modules still operate within a fixed 10-week trimester but you can choose to study during the day, in the evenings or at the weekend rather than having to attend fixed lectures.
A talk from our Academic Lead
Our Academic Lead for Counselling, Yasu Kotera, talks about our Counselling Studies and Skills University Diploma in this video.
We will advise you of your study plan - the running order and availability of the modules - when you are invited to enrol.
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
Pace of study
We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester. If you aim to study two modules in one trimester, we recommend 40 hours of study per week.
This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.
In line with our value of extending opportunities, the University Diploma in Counselling Studies and Skills is an open course, with few entry requirements. You may be able to gain entry to the programme if you meet the following criteria:
- You demonstrate an interest in studying counselling
- You supply appropriate references
- You demonstrate motivation to succeed
- You are at least 18 years old
- You have the required communication and learning skills
- If you are studying full-time at an institution, you must get written permission from its principal
English language qualifications
You will normally need one of the following English language qualifications:
- GCE O-level English Language C
- GCSE English C
If English is not your first language, you will need an English language qualification. For this course, you will need at least one of the following:
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 7.0
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) 600 (paper based), 250 (computer based) or 100 (internet based)
- Pearson Test of Academic English: 51
- Cambridge Advanced Certificate: pass
- London Tests of English: we accept level 5 for postgraduate courses
- International GCE O Level English Language: grade C
- International GCSE English/English as a Second Language: grade C
Other English language qualifications may be accepted and you should provide full details of these with your application.
Documents to support your application
You'll need to provide:
- Photo ID – this could be your passport or driving licence
- Copies of certificates and transcripts or a letter of testimony for previous qualifications*
*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:
- Confirmation from the translator that it is an accurate translation of the original document
- The date of the translation
- The full name and signature of the translator, or an authorised official of the company
- The translator’s contact details
A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.
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† Prices correct for 2019/20 new students. Subject to potential annual increase in September 2020.
Flexible payment plans available
Choose from three options:
Pay monthly and only for the modules you are studying
Pay your full course fees upfront, receive 5% discount and avoid annual increases
Pay for all modules studied in the year and receive a 5% discount (September enrolment only)
Students should apply directly to the University.
This course can be a first step towards a career in counselling. When you have successfully completed this Diploma you will have a variety of opportunities open to you.
If you want to train as a counsellor, you can apply for our Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy MSc, which is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). It’s available to study part-time at our Derby campus.
You can learn more about cognitive behavioural therapy or become a qualified cognitive behavioural therapist by taking our Advanced Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Skills and Studies or Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Approaches (Top-Up) BSc (Hons) degree and then our accredited MSc Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (Adult or Children and Young People), which is accredited by British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP), providing you meet the necessary entry requirements.
You can enhance your current role as a nurse, doctor, teacher or youth worker, for example, by learning skills that enable you to better understand and engage with your patients or clients. You can also claim CPD (continuing professional development) points.
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Prices correct for 2019/20 new students. Subject to potential annual increase in September 2020.
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