Bristol, University of the West of England

Bristol, University of the West of England

Professional Studies in Counselling

This course provides a professional training in counselling; it is designed to promote the development of knowledge, skills and self-awareness, not in isolation from 1 another but in their inter-related meanings for the whole person; there is therefore an emphasis on the integration of experience, understanding and behaviour throughout the course; there is also an emphasis on the importance of an awareness of counselling as a process of social interaction occurring within the context of organisations and broader social relationships, processes and structures.

Entry requirements

A certificate in counselling/counselling skills completed in the last 5 years. Evidence of ability to study. Some evidence of self-exploration, and a willingness to work on personal material as a client during the course. Involvement in counselling in a paid or voluntary setting, which provides a minimum of 40 hours of counselling practice in year 1 and 80 hours in year 2. A commitment to engage in personal counselling or personal therapy for the duration of the course.

Assessment methods

Assessment is continuous, including elements of self, peer and tutor-assessment.

Sponsorship information

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy bursaries can be applied for.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Diploma Part-time £ 2,890 per Whole course (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Frenchay Campus Bristol BS16 1QY South West

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