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University Diploma in Counselling Studies & Skills


This Diploma is recognised at MQF/EQF Level 5.


ECTS Credits



Description of Study Programme

This University Diploma in Counselling Studies and Skills aims to develop your skills in understanding, application, reflection and evaluation to differing extents. Your counselling studies will be centred on the following theories; Person Centred, Attachment, Cognitive and Behavioural Theory. On completion of the course you will have developed a range of skills and competencies, and have gained knowledge that will prepare you for further study in the field of counselling and/or psychotherapy.

Programme Aims

  1. Introduce students to and develop the key skills and concepts required for a critical understanding of counselling.
  2. Meet the needs of students wishing to undertake a study of counselling from the international, national and local pool.
  3. Prepare students for a career in counselling and/or psychotherapy or to enhancing their current career through the study of counselling.
  4. To provide an opportunity to widen access to higher education and the study of counselling within it.
  5. To create an environment that helps students develop insight and understanding to further their development within the field of counselling. 



  • Counselling in Context
  • Counselling Skills
  • Theories of Therapeutic Intervention


 Method of Assessment



Entry Requirements

This University Diploma is 'open' and has few entry requirements.  You may be able to gain entry to the programme if you meet the following criteria:

  • demonstrate an interest in studying counselling
  • supply appropriate references
  • demonstrate motivation to succeed
  • must be at least 18 years old
  • have the required communication and learning skills
  • if you are studying full-time at an institution, you must get written permission from its Principal
  • If English is not your first language, you will need IELTS 7.0 or equivalent


Awarding Body

University of Derby


      This Certification qualify for the Get Qualified Scheme.

      Terms and conditions apply. 


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Last Updated: 22 Aug 2017

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