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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

This long-established and hugely popular course is fully accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). It is designed to provide training in an integrative approach to counselling and psychotherapy. It will enable you to develop your own synthesis within a framework which is not tied to a particular theoretical school or perspective. We follow current research into what actually works in counselling and psychotherapy, which means we use an integrative approach, employing a variety of techniques to respond to the needs and preferences of individual clients. Typically, students on this course will have first degrees in other subjects, and they may be employed either part-time or full-time. You may be working in health, social care or education – but you don’t have to be. Whether you leave after completing the interim diploma or go on to do the final year for the MA qualification, you will have the foundation to develop as a counsellor/psychotherapist. Both qualifications entail completing 100 hours of supervised work, which will be undertaken on a placement which you have to secure for yourself. However, the school has established links with many agencies and practices where our students have worked over the years. You may take these skills back into your workplace, use them for a change of career, or develop your own specialist practice. The course is designed to provide an education and training in an integrative approach to psychological counselling and therapy to a level appropriate for safe, ethical and effective practice.

Topics of study on the Diploma, which constitutes the BACP-accredited training course, include: theory and practice of counselling and psychotherapy; models for integration; theoretical frameworks (for example, person-centred, cognitive-behavioural, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and gestalt); and professional and clinical studies – including the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice. You will also engage in practical skills training, personal development and clinical supervision. You will also study social context/multiculturalism and common client presenting problems, including mental health issues. If you choose to stay on for a third year to take your MA, your work will be based on clinical practice and an independent research project or dissertation. Completing the course often leads to career progression. Many past students have returned to previous jobs while establishing and developing their own counselling practice as a second strand to their careers. In several cases this has proved successful enough to become their main source of employment.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date



Main topics of study will include: Research methodology ? mainly qualitative; Writing a project proposal; Conducting a literature review; Ethical issues in research/applying for ethical approval; Academic supervision; Academic peer support/study groups; Writing a research project or dissertation; Reflection on experience; On-going clinical work and supervision.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Fee is £1,950 per 30 credit module. Tuition fees are subject to annual change.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Fee is £2,140 per 30 credit module. Tuition fees are subject to annual change.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need 2.1 honours degree in any discipline. They will normally be expected to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. They must have relevant clinical experience and the ability for self-managed learning and have adequate opportunities to carry out formal client work.

University information

The University of East London has 140 practical, career-focused postgraduate programmes in the areas of: Arts Creative and tech industries Architecture Engineering and construction Cultural studies Social sciences Law Business Education Psychology Health Bioscience Sports Many of these are accredited by professional bodies. The uni is based across two campuses in East London. Stratford has the Olympic Park...more