Staffordshire University

Staffordshire University

Psychotherapeutic Counselling

This course offers 2 routes to a professional qualification in counselling; both routes aim to meet the standards of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy for counsellor training and education; the course reflects the 4 elements of training namely, theory, counselling skills, professional issues and personal development as outlined by the association; the course contact hours may be counted towards meeting part of criterion 4 of the BACP Counsellor/Psychotherapist Accreditation scheme; the provision of these 4 elements builds on the student's ability to function as an effective, ethically aware counsellor in a structured and coherent way.

Entry requirements

Good Honours degree; applications welcome from those with qualifications relevant to counselling, e.g., registered mental health nurse, qualified social worker, etc. and from those with evidence of working at degree level via a post qualification portfolio; applicants must have successfully completed a certificate in counselling or equivalent for both routes; applicants must obtain a counselling placement whereby they can undertake a minimum of 150 hours of supervised counselling practice during the course; applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

Course modules

Core modules: Counselling theory and research; personal and professional development; professional, legal and ethical studies; counselling skills practice and development.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
Professional Diploma Part-time - 2 years
MSc Part-time - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Staffordshire University (Stoke Campus) Stoke on Trent ST4 2DF West Midlands

Key information

Telephone number: 
01782 294400