University of Nottingham

University of Nottingham

Advanced Counselling Practice

This course provides a learning community that will facilitate the development of competent and effective practitioners and to prepare trainees for counselling in a range of professional contexts. It is a practitioner focused course guided by the principles and values of humanistic psychology and is grounded in the person-centered experiential approach to counselling. Key issues in contemporary theory and practice are combined with developing advanced reflective skills in the field of counselling; an understanding of methods of working in professional contexts and, the ethical, moral and legal issues involved. The course will consider the use of practitioner based inquiry to inform and develop practice. The course is based on experiential learning activities and students are encouraged to reflect deeply on their own values, assumptions, and beliefs about counselling. Tutors seek to offer students a safe and secure small group learning environment in which to explore and examine aspects of personal and professional experience; and to reflect on theory and practice. Students are enabled to develop critical reflexivity with enhanced empathy, emotional resilience and emotional expression.

Entry requirements

For the PG Cert Advanced Counselling Practice applicnats would normally be expected to hold: an approved 1st degree in Counselling with at least 2nd Class Honours (or equivalent), or an approved professional qualification deemed equivalent to a 2nd Class Honours degree; or an approved professional qualification in Counselling at level 5 (QCF or equivalent) and have at least 1 year of practice providing supervised counselling and submit a 3,000 word essay demonstrating suitability for postgraduate study. If the 1st language is not English, applicants must achieve either: an overall score on the IELTS test of at least 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each element; or a TOEFL IBT score of 87 (minimum 20 in speaking and 19 in all other elements).

Course modules

Professional practice issues; supervised practice placement.

Assessment methods

Supervised practice placement: viva voce examination of a taped client session and accompanying transcript and placement supervisor reports; a client case study of 4,000 words. Professional Practice Issues: 1 written assignment, 4000 words with an analysis of counselling in an organisation; presentation and in-class discussion of an ethical dilemma.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgCert Part-time £ 1,795 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
PgCert Part-time £ 4,580 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Jubilee Campus Nottingham NG8 1BB East Midlands

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