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PgD Counselling and Psychotherapy

PgD Counselling and Psychotherapy

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Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Psychotherapy Counselling Skills (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Course overview

Interested in listening to and supporting people? Does the world of the psyche intrigue you? You can make an immense impact on the lives of others by becoming a counsellor or psychotherapist.

Our PgD in Counselling and Psychotherapy course adheres to the training requirements of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and is designed to challenge you personally and professionally.

You will combine your caring character with the academic knowledge and practical skills you need to competently and compassionately help people explore their difficulties, express their feelings and work towards deeper self-awareness and understanding.

On graduation, you will be eligible to apply for individual membership of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and may also apply for registration, subject to passing the BACP Certificate of Proficiency.

Course summary

We on adults, you will also be introduced to working with couples, children and families. Emphasis is placed on developing research skills and your understanding of evidence-based practice.

This course runs one day a week in Lancaster. During the course you will need to do 100 supervised counselling practice hours. You will be expected to make arrangements for your own placement, but will be offered support from the counselling team. We maintain a database of counselling placement opportunities.

We make use of many assessment types which may include live peer/client session recordings and evaluations, portfolio, essay, oral presentation, poster presentation, chapter/article critique and dissertation. In the first semester you will attend a weekend residential which focuses on your personal and professional development, and you will also be expected to have 10 hours of your own personal therapy.

Graduate destinations

Your qualification will help gain work in a variety of settings including schools, the NHS and voluntary agencies. The skills you learn will be useful in a wide variety of work outside of therapy, with the research techniques you gain preparing you for a higher level course (e.g. PhD) should you be interested.


Theory and Practice 1 - Core
Personal and Professional Development 1 - Core
Theory and Practice 2 - Core
Attachment and Adversity - Core
Personal and Professional Development 2 - Core
Understanding Therapeutic Diversity - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have 1st or 2nd class honours degree. Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) may be considered for relevant prior learning at the same academic level. You will need to have already completed a minimum of 30 hours of counselling skills training and be deemed to have a level of counselling ability that would enable you to go out on placement in the first semester. You will need to undertake a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) clearance through the University of Cumbria, and be accepted as a member of the BACP. Your application needs to be supported by a statement from your referee. This will need to reflect on both your academic and personal capacity to undertake this course. Ideally this would be from a tutor from a current or previous course; alternatively one from your manager would be sufficient. To meet the requirement of the 30 hours of counselling skills training, you could consider the Basic Counselling Skills module. You will be interviewed for selection for this programme by a member of the programme team.