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Introduction to the course

This is a BACP accredited Diploma in Counselling. This programme is aimed at those who are already working in a diverse range of occupational groups within the helping professions and who want to develop and enhance their professional counselling skills and obtain a professional qualification in counselling. Applicants are also welcome from education, health service and social services. The programme meets the training requirements of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Successful candidates will be qualified as counsellors.

Learners will be invited to specialist interview with the counselling team before enrolment.

This is a full time course with attendance on the taught aspects of the programme on one day per week (Tuesday) over two years and aims to provide students with an in-depth understanding of counselling work in a way that will enable students to:

  • work formally as a counsellor, offering a professional service to clients

within their work setting

  • develop and enhance workplace competencies and skills through the encouragement of critical reflection and analysis of practice

  • develop practical skills and techniques in counselling

  • undertake subsequent professional development within the counselling

area, subject to further interview, including a BA top up honours in Counselling, validated as a degree by Middlesex University, at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London or a degree at

Middlesex University.

Students are required to complete 40 hours personal counseling, whilst in training.

Additional expenses will be incurred when undertaking the Diploma for personal counselling and external supervision

What do I need?

Applicants will normally be mature students, or be able to demonstrate emotional maturity, and have completed a 90 hour introductory course in counselling skills or its short course equivalent. The admission of a mature student is based on the programme team’s expectations that you will be able to cope with the objectives of the programme, and counselling must form a substantial part of an applicant’s current work. Evidence will include academic qualifications and relevant work experience. All candidates will be interviewed prior to being offered a place on the programme. This allows the interviewing staff to establish academic background, interest and motivation, maturity of approach and commitment. Good communication skills, listening ability and empathy with other people are essential.

How is the course taught?

The programme is taught by means of lectures (including those delivered by guest speakers), discussion of case studies, seminars, tutorials, skills workshops and role play exercises. The core theoretical model is person centred, within a broadly Humanistic framework. The course is highly participative with increasing emphasis placed on student-based experiential learning. Assessment is by coursework. Students will be expected to acquire a minimum of 100 hours of supervised formal counselling either in work place or voluntary setting whilst undertaking the training.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is by coursework

What Modules Will I Study?

Year 1

  • Study Skills

  • Introduction to Theory and Client Work

  • Person Centred Counselling Skills

  • Human Development

  • Professional Counselling Skills

Year 2

  • Further Humanist Theory

  • Professional issues

  • Counselling in the Community

  • Contrasting Orientations

  • Advanced Counselling

What does it lead to?

You may progress to a BA Hons top up year in Counselling.

Employer's Benefit

Students successfully completing this course will have the skills and experience to effectively support client users.


Course Details

Location Start Date - End Date - Study Mode
Tottenham Centre 2 Sep 2019 - 3 Jul 2020 - Daytime

Course Code: FN5MCNCH / 19DA21A

Information on course fees

If you are aged 16 - 18:
Courses are free up to Level 3

If you are over 18, fees may apply:
If you are over 18, fees may apply. Click here for information on financial help available to you.

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Tottenham Centre 2 Sep 2019 - 3 Jul 2020 - Daytime

Course Code: FN5MCNCH / 19DA22A

Information on course fees

If you are aged 16 - 18:
Courses are free up to Level 3

If you are over 18, fees may apply:
If you are over 18, fees may apply. Click here for information on financial help available to you.

Information on how to apply
Apply Now!

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