Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice

This course gives an academic qualification alongside vocational counselling training. This award is suitable for counsellors and psychotherapists who have completed a recognised counselling or psychotherapy training qualification, and who are working or who have worked professionally as a counsellor or psychotherapist.

Entry requirements

There are direct links to the following courses and qualifications: Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling, Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling; Bridgwater College Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy; the Counselling Foundation, Training Centre, St Alban's; the Manor House Centre, North London, Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and Therapy in the Community; the National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy; Northbrook College, Sussex, Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Therapy; Southampton Counselling Service Advanced and Diploma courses; Strode College, Street; Wessex Counselling Service Advanced and Diploma courses. Applicants who qualified through other counselling or psychotherapy trainings are invited to apply and accreditation for prior learning (APL) is given according to the level of their counselling or psychotherapy training qualification. This can be discussed on application though in general level 5 qualifications are granted 90 APL and level 4 60 APL. APL is recognised only within 6 years of a training qualification.

Course modules

Modules include: counselling and psychotherapy work-based action enquiry; independent study; reflecting on clinical practice; counselling ethics and the law; counselling and multidisciplinary practice; research and the professional (part 1); research and the professional (part 2: Methods and proposal); Master's research project.

Assessment methods

Assessment for most of the modules is based on completing assignments related to professional learning in the counselling and psychotherapy field.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Distance learning October 2016 - 3 years
PgDip Distance learning October 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Newton Park Campus Bath BA2 9BN South West

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