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Counselling and Psychotherapy PGDip

Counselling and Psychotherapy PGDip

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Counselling Skills (General) Psychotherapy

Course type


Course Summary

Accredited by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), this course will enable you to become a professional counsellor or psychotherapist. It will help you work towards practitioner accreditation with the BACP and could help you develop a specialist role within your current occupation. You will gain an understanding of relational theory and practice and will learn how to apply your therapeutic counselling and psychotherapy skills with clients. Through clinical practice, you will identify your strengths and areas for development, ensuring you become a capable and self-reflective practitioner.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to register with the BACP as a counsellor, after which you will be able to develop your practice and portfolio in order to gain counsellor accreditation status. You will be eligible to work in a variety of counselling roles in a range of settings, including youth work, the NHS, the voluntary sector, social work and in schools. You could also further your studies and progress on to our MA Psychotherapy course. Job titles will include: Counsellor; Psychotherapist and Mental Health Worker.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date



You will develop your professional approach as a reflective practitioner by using feedback from peers, tutors, supervisors and other professionals.
Personal and Professional Development 2 - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have at least a second class honours degree and have completed a face to face Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills or equivalent (at least 90 hours study). All suitable candidates will be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional. The University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Applicants are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent.