Postgraduate programmes

Psychotherapy & Counselling


Combine theoretical and experiential components with skills practice. A solid grounding for further professional training.

  • NamePsychotherapy & Counselling
  • QualificationCertificate
  • LevelPostgraduate, Professional Development
  • Study modeOther
  • Duration5 weeks / 3 months / 1 year
  • Tuition fees£4,050 *
  • ScholarshipsYes *
  • Next start date24 July 2017 (intensive)
  • Future start dateSeptember 2017 (one year & intensive)
  • Study abroadNo
  • ValidationNot applicable

* Please note that we are not able to sponsor students on this programme for a Tier 4 visa. *

This course provides a basic training in psychotherapy and counselling theory and skills.

It combines academic, practical and experiential components within a supportive and challenging environment.

As well as exploring the main therapeutic theories, you will examine philosophical and spiritual perspectives and cross-cultural approaches.

You will learn about the practical and ethical issues of working with clients in a variety of situations.

Two training options are available:

  • A one-year certificate course 
  • An intensive certificate course, ranging from five weeks to three months in length



Two training options are available:

  • A one-year certificate course 
  • An intensive certificate course, ranging from five weeks to three months in length

One-year Certificate
The one-year Certificate consists of one four-hour session over three 10-week terms. We have intakes in April and September:

  • April: Wednesday evening, 17:30-21:30
  • September: Monday morning, 10:00-14:00
  • September: Monday evening, 17:30-21:30
  • September: Saturday morning, 10:00-14:00

Intensive Certificate
The intensive Certificate follows the same programme as the one-year Certificate, but is offered in a condensed format. There are four intake periods each year:

  • Autumn Intensive: September to November/December (week and weekend modules)
  • Winter Intensive: January to March (weekend modules only)
  • Spring Intensive: April to August (week and weekend modules)
  • Summer Intensive: July to August (five weeks, full-time)

Sessions last from 10:00-17:00.

Additional information

September 2016 One-year Certificate course dates: 

  • Week commencing 19 September 2016


September 2016 Intensive Certificate course dates: 

  • Module 1: Wednesday 21 – Sunday 25 September
  • Module 2: Saturday 1 - Sunday 2 October
  • Module 3: Saturday 15 - Sunday 16 October
  • Module 4: Saturday 29 - Sunday 30 October
  • Module 5: Saturday 12 - Sunday 13 November
  • Module 6: Saturday 19 - Sunday 20 November
  • Module 7: Wednesday 7 - Sunday 11 December


January 2017 Intensive Certificate course dates:

  •  Saturday - Sunday from 21 January - 26 March 2017


April 2017 Intensive Certificate course dates: 

  • Module 1:  Wednesday 26 April - Sunday 30 April
  • Module 2:  Saturday 6 - Sunday 7 May
  • Module 3:  Saturday 20 - Sunday 21 May
  • Module 4:  Saturday 3 - Sunday 4 June
  • Module 5:  Saturday 17 - Sunday 18 June
  • Module 6:  Saturday 1 - Sunday 2 July
  • Module 7:  Wednesday 12 - Sunday 16 July


July 2017 Intensive Certificate course dates: 

  • Week 1: Monday 24 July - Friday 28 July
  • Week 2: Monday 31 July - Friday 4 August
  • Week 3: Monday 7 August - Friday 11 August
  • Week 4: Monday 14 August - Friday 18 August
  • Week 5: Monday 21 August - Friday 25 August


Modules include, but are not limited to:

  • A Way of Working: Overview of Humanistic Therapy
  • Introduction to Gestalt Therapy
  • Describing Ourselves: The Fundamentals of Phenomenology
  • Society, Biology and Reality
  • Facing the Unknown: Consciousness and Unconsciousness
  • Putting Theory into Practice
  • Working with Loss and Bereavement

Module descriptions


Study methods

The course includes three main components: theoretical, experiential and practical.

Academic Calendar

Lectures and presentations introduce the basic theories of psychotherapy and counselling, with an emphasis on the existential-phenomenological, psychodynamic, and humanistic/integrative orientations.

You will explore professional issues in counselling and engage in discussion and experiential work relating to various topics.

Experiential exercises relate to the theoretical material presented and the development of listening skills, self-awareness, and giving and receiving feedback.

Skills practice
These sessions introduce the essential skills and techniques of psychotherapy and counselling.

You will  participate in group exercises - usually in triads of ‘counsellor’, ‘client’ and ‘observer’ - using material from your own experience.

This is an opportunity to practise psychotherapy and counselling skills and to receive feedback.

Self-development group work
You will work in a small group, with a facilitator. This will be an opportunity to explore your personal and interactive processes within the group, and advance your professional and personal development.


Assessment structure

Evaluation is based on assessment of your participation throughout the course and on the successful completion of:

  • Three pieces of coursework
  • A brief process report
  • An essay about your personal and professional development throughout the course
  • A theoretical paper


Students with disabilities

Some classes are delivered in teaching rooms accessed by stairs. If you have a condition that affects your mobility and you require ground-floor rooms, or rooms with lift access, please notify Student Registry as soon as possible. You are also advised to contact the Disability Officer.

Future opportunities

Successfully completing this course will enable you to meet one of the main entry requirements for our MA/PGDiploma in Psychotherapy & Counselling.

Direct progression, however, will depend on your academic background and professional/voluntary experience.

Please see the entry requirements for the MA/PGDiploma for further information.

Academic requirements

* Please note that we are not able to sponsor students on this programme for a Tier 4 visa. *

Previous counselling training or experience is not required, nor is a first degree or its equivalent.

However, life experience, a mature attitude and a capacity for self-reflection are important and necessary qualities. Students with a varied background and experience are welcome.

Admission to the programme is based partly on the supporting documents you send with your application, and partly on an interview with the course leader.

Interviews for the Foundation programme take place on a regular basis throughout the year, and are conducted in groups.

There is no requirement for you to be in personal therapy during this course, but this will become necessary if you pursue further training.

To find out more about and understand this programme, we recommend you attend an open evening.

One year certificate:

26 April 2017

25 September 2017


Intensive certificate:

26 April 2017

24 July 2017

25 September 2017

15 January 2018


How to apply

Step 1 Apply

  • Macro alias: Applyonline

Once you have completed the application form, please send us the following supporting documents, by post, email or fax:

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all previous studies (i.e. secondary school and/or university certificates)
  • One letter of academic or professional reference
  • A 500-word personal statement outlining your background; why you want to study this programme; how you feel you would benefit from the course of study; and why you feel you would make a suitable candidate for the course
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • One recent passport-sized colour photograph, jpeg format (this must be emailed to us at:
  • If not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency
  • CV/résumé

Step 2 Making an offer

We will assess whether you meet our minimum entry requirements and will make you an offer by both email and post, or notify you that you have been unsuccessful.

If you have completed your education and have met all the entry requirements, you will be sent an unconditional offer.* If you still have to finish your exams, or have yet to submit supporting documentation, you will be issued a conditional offer.

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

* Please note: applicants will be expected to attend an interview before an unconditional offer can be made.

Step 3 Accepting the offer

If you wish to accept the offer:

  • Confirm your acceptance via email/post/telephone/in person
  • Pay the registration fee (non-refundable)
  • Pay the non-EU advance tuition fee deposit, if applicable (non-refundable)

Please note: although there is no formal deadline to pay your registration fee or non-EU advance deposit, if you need to apply for an international student visa to study in the UK, then we recommend that you pay these as soon as possible.

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Tuition fees are set for the University’s financial year which runs from 1 August to 31 July. Annual fees for students commencing studies in spring will span financial years. Spring and autumn fees will be invoiced at the rate applicable for that term.


One-Year Certificate

Fees January 2017 

Annual tuition fee: £4,034
Registration fee: £100 (non-refundable)


Fees April 2017

Annual tuition fee: £4,067
Registration fee: £100 (non-refundable)


Intensive Certificate

Fees January, April and July 2017

Annual tuition fee: £4,000
Registration fee: £100 (non-refundable)



Scholarships, funding and bursaries

Fulbright Commission All-Disciplines (Open) Postgraduate Award

Awards to US citizens for the first year of Master's or PhD study in any subject, or to conduct a period of independent research, covers the first year's tuition and a living stipend.

Full details

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