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Practical Counselling Skills (CertHE)

The CertHE in Practical Counselling Skills will provide students with an understanding of the role and application of basic counselling skills that can be utilised across a number of professions.

It will develop a range of interpersonal skills important for individuals in formal or informal helping/listening roles alongside a theoretical understanding of embedded counselling and appropriate ethical frameworks.


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Contact Name: Beverly Cole

Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course?

This programme has the following aims:

  • To produce an understanding of the development of counselling as a helping profession and the associated professional and ethical frameworks.
  • To develop knowledge and understanding of how theory and research in the field of counselling can be applied to understanding and improving mental health and wellbeing at an individual, organisational and societal level.
  • To present multiple perspectives of the ways in which counselling skills can be embedded across a number of organisations, roles and settings in the 21st century.
  • To develop a strong set of vocational and interpersonal skills of direct relevance to working in fields requiring embedded counselling skills.

What you will learn

Course Overview
  • To provide learners with a history of the Counselling tradition that has informed the diverse practices of contemporary Counselling.
  • To learn theoretical underpinnings and apply foundational counselling skills and to introduce and understanding of the self-awareness within the context of counselling skills.
  • To identify and develop students` understanding of the core professional competencies and interpersonal skills required when working in the field of mental health.
  • To develop an awareness of contemporary approaches to embedded counselling, helping and wellbeing, and demonstrate an understanding of how contemporary approaches to counselling and supporting wellbeing can be applied to a range of professions.
Module Topics

Year One - Level 4 (CertHE)

  • Contemporary approaches to counselling and supporting wellbeing (40 credits; compulsory)
  • History of Counselling (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Introduction to Counselling Skills (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Learning in the Digital Era (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework)
  • Professional Skills for Mental Health (20 credits; compulsory).

The assessment strategy for this programme has been designed to enable students to demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes through a variety of assessment methods focused around practical and employability skills as well as theoretical understanding. There is a strong focus on formative assessment within each module, provided online and through the VLE systems and occasional face to face tutorials, where students can seek guidance from module tutors as a means of feeding forward.

Assessment methods range from the traditional essay or presentation task, to a range of skills-based assessments in line with the programme aims and employability focus. Each assessment is clearly designed to target specific skills relating to each module to enable students to develop a wide repertoire of transferable skills for the workplace or future study.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

Key Information

Entry Criteria
  • 32 UCAS points or equivalent.
Additional Costs

There are no additional costs incurred when studying this programme.

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.