Psychotherapy & Counselling Certificate

Combine theoretical and experiential components with skills practice. A solid grounding for further professional training.

Key information

  • Name: Psychotherapy & Counselling
  • Qualification: Certificate
  • Level: Postgraduate, Professional Development
  • Study mode: Other
  • Duration: 1 year part-time or Intensive 5 or 12-week options
  • Tuition fees: £4,050 *
  • Scholarships: Yes *
  • Future start date: September 2018 (One year part-time); July 2018 (Intensive)
  • Study abroad: No
  • Validation: Not applicable

*For more information please refer to the fees and financial support sections below.


* Please note that we are not able to sponsor students on this programme for a Tier 4 visa. *

This course provides a basic training in psychotherapy and counseling theory and skills.

It combines academic, practical and experiential components within a supportive and challenging environment.

As well as exploring the main therapeutic theories, you will examine philosophical and spiritual perspectives and cross-cultural approaches.

You will learn about the practical and ethical issues of working with clients in a variety of situations.

Two training options are available:

  • A one-year certificate course
  • An intensive certificate course, ranging from five weeks to three months in length



Two training options are available:

  • A one-year certificate course
  • An intensive certificate course, ranging from five weeks to three months in length

One-year Certificate

The one-year Certificate consists of one four-hour session over three 10-week terms. We have intakes in April and September:

  • April: Wednesday evening, 17:30-21:30
  • September: Monday morning, 10:00-14:00
  • September: Monday evening, 17:30-21:30
  • September: Saturday morning, 10:00-14:00

Intensive Certificate

The intensive Certificate follows the same programme as the one-year Certificate but is offered in a condensed format. There are four intake periods each year:

  • Autumn Intensive: September to November/December (week and weekend modules)
  • Winter Intensive: January to March (weekend modules only)
  • Spring Intensive: April to August (week and weekend modules)
  • Summer Intensive: July to August (five weeks, full-time)

Sessions last from 10:00-17:00

Additional information

One Year Certificate course dates

  • April 2018: Week commencing 30 April
  • September 2018: Week commencing 24 September

Intensive Certificate course dates

  • Intensive April 2018 - week and weekend modules

Please note that the April Intensive is now closed for applications

  • Module 1: Wednesday 25 - Sunday 29 April
  • Module 2: Saturday 5 - Sunday 6 May
  • Module 3: Saturday 19 - Sunday 20 May
  • Module 4: Saturday 2 - Sunday 3 June
  • Module 5: Saturday 16 - Sunday 17 June
  • Module 6: Saturday 30 June - Sunday 1 July
  • Module 7: Wednesday 11 - Sunday 15 July

Intensive July 2018 five weeks, full-time

  • Week 1: Monday 23 - Friday 27 July
  • Week 2: Monday 30 July - Friday 3 August
  • Week 3: Monday 6 - Friday 10 August
  • Week 4: Monday 13 - Friday 17 August
  • Week 5: Monday 20 - Friday 24 August

Intensive September 2018 - week and weekend modules

  • Module 1: Wednesday 26 September - Sunday 30 September
  • Module 2: Saturday 6 October - Sunday 7 October
  • Module 3: Saturday 13 October - Sunday 14 October
  • Module 4: Saturday 27 October - Sunday 28 October
  • Module 5: Saturday 10 November - Sunday 11 November
  • Module 6: Saturday 24 November - Sunday 25 November
  • Module 7: Wednesday 5 December - Sunday 9 December

Intensive January 2019 - weekend modules only

  • Saturday - Sunday from 26 January to 31 March

Modules include, but are not limited to:

  • A Way of Working: Overview of Humanistic Therapy
  • Introduction to Gestalt Therapy
  • Describing Ourselves: The Fundamentals of Phenomenology
  • Society, Biology, and Reality
  • Facing the Unknown: Consciousness and Unconsciousness
  • Putting Theory into Practice
  • Working with Loss and Bereavement

Teaching & assessment

Study methods

The course includes three main components: theoretical, experiential and practical.


Lectures and presentations introduce the basic theories of psychotherapy and counseling, with an emphasis on the existential-phenomenological, psychodynamic, and humanistic/integrative orientations.

You will explore professional issues in counseling and engage in discussion and experiential work relating to various topics.


Experiential exercises relate to the theoretical material presented and the development of listening skills, self-awareness, and giving and receiving feedback.

Skills practice

These sessions introduce the essential skills and techniques of psychotherapy and counseling.

You will participate in group exercises - usually in triads of ‘counsellor’, ‘client’ and ‘observer’ - using material from your own experience.

This is an opportunity to practice psychotherapy and counseling skills and to receive feedback.

Self-development group work

You will work in a small group, with a facilitator. This will be an opportunity to explore your personal and interactive processes within the group and advance your professional and personal development.

Assessment structure

Evaluation is based on the assessment of your participation throughout the course and on the successful completion of:

  • Three pieces of coursework
  • A brief process report
  • An essay about your personal and professional development throughout the course
  • A theoretical paper

Students with disabilities

Some classes are delivered in teaching rooms accessed by stairs. If you have a condition that affects your mobility and you require ground-floor rooms or rooms with lift access, please notify Student Registry as soon as possible. You are also advised to contact the Disability Officer.


Future opportunities

Successfully completing this course will enable you to meet one of the main entry requirements for our MA/PGDiploma in Psychotherapy & Counselling.

Direct progression, however, will depend on your academic background and professional/voluntary experience.

Please see the entry requirements for the MA/PGDiploma for further information.


Tuition fees are set for the University’s financial year which runs from 1 August to 31 July. Annual fees for students commencing studies in spring will span financial years. Spring and autumn fees will be invoiced at the rate applicable for that term.

One-Year Certificate

Fees April 2018

  • Annual tuition fee: £4,134
  • Advance deposit: £500 (non-refundable)

Fees September 2018

  • Annual tuition fee: £4,200
  • Advance deposit: £500 (non-refundable)

Intensive Certificate

Fees April 2018

  • Annual tuition fee: £4,100
  • Advance deposit: £500 (non-refundable)
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