Counselling Certificate


Key information

Qualification type


Subject areas

Counselling Skills (General)

Course type


Course summary

This course is designed for people who work in a setting which involves offering help, support, or guidance to others; people working in education, the National Health Service, voluntary agencies, social services, government schemes or in the private sector find the course provides invaluable skills and knowledge; counselling skills are introduced through student-centred and experiential methods of learning; students consider a wide variety of counselling-related subjects; this includes looking at different models of counselling, learning what it is like to be a client, being clear what a client-counsellor contract is about, developing self-awareness, developing a clear understanding of when counselling is and is not appropriate, safe and ethical use of counselling skills, and being aware of some of the limitations of counselling.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time evening


1 calendar years

Start date



Peer support

In this module You will pair up with a fellow student and meet weekly for peer support. This helps you develop self-awareness and listening skills.


In this module you will be given a reading list which suggests key texts, and undertake other reading set by course tutors.

Introduction to counselling

This module consists of training in basic listening skills, giving and receiving feedback, the use of different types of questions and how to 'challenge' appropriately in your work. We also focus on key issues relating to boundaries and ethical practice.

Tuition fees

UK fees

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees

Contact University and ask about this fee

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

No formal requirements are necessary, however students must be working in a paid or voluntary setting in which counselling skills can be used. Applicants must complete an online or written application and, if short-listed, take part in an interview process.


Frenchay Campus

Coldharbour Lane


BS16 1QY

Nearest train station:

Bristol Parkway 0.6 Miles away