Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

As a counsellor, you'll actively listen to clients, offering them time, empathy and respect to talk about particular issues and problems, with the aim to reduce confusion and increase their ability to cope with challenges, or to make positive changes to their lives.

Achieving this qualification enables you to practice as a Counsellor and progress to work in senior roles within the NHS, charity or education sectors.

The course is widely recognised by a number of professional bodies including the BACP, the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the National Counselling Society (NCS).

This two year course based at our Stamford campus will provide you with a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in the counselling sector and is recognised nationally by employers. You will gain the knowledge, understanding and skills required for a range of counselling specialisms to allow you to successfully progress in the future.

You will learn through a combination of independent and group activities including lectures, seminars, trips, visits and work-related experiences.

You have the option of studying the course as one full day or one afternoon and evening on the same day.

The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 30 students.

If you are applying to start in September 2021, you must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Applicants must have a Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory (Level 3) and the ability to secure 100 hours of counselling practice.

Mature students or students who do not have the above qualifications can contact our admissions team on 01733 214466 or admissions@ucp.ac.uk to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

You must have GCSE English language and mathematics at a minimum of grade C or grade 4.

If English is not your first language you will require a recognised Level 2 English language qualification or an IELTS score of 5.5 (with 5.5 minimum in each skill) or an equivalent English Language qualification.

An enhanced DBS check is required.

EU STUDENTS AND OVERSEAS QUALIFICATIONS

We can accept a wide range of overseas qualifications and use UK NARIC to compare qualifications. For advice about overseas qualification conversion call the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email admissions@ucp.ac.uk.

ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR CERTIFICATED LEARNING (APCL) FOR ENTRY

APCL relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study. If you have previously completed a course which is relevant to your proposed course you should make this clear when you apply. For this to be eligible for consideration you must be able to provide certification, which shows your success in a final assessment for that course. Learning must be completed in the last five years or further evidence of updating will be required. Simple participation in a course or an attendance certificate is not sufficient.

EXEMPTIONS BASED ON ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR LEARNING (APL)

We offer students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning process ensures that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you identify any relevant prior learning when you apply. If your previous study specifically relates to modules on the course you wish to undertake we may approve a reduced programme of study, thus shortening the time it takes to obtain your award. Where this relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study, this is called Prior Certificated Learning, and where learning has been achieved through relevant work or experience, this is referred to as Prior Experiential Learning. Claims must be approved before you commence a course.

EXEMPTIONS BASED ON ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR EXPERIENTIAL CERTIFICATED LEARNING (APEL)

It is important to understand that the APEL process does not award academic credit for experience alone, but for learning which can be shown to have been achieved through that experience. Students are required to prepare an individual case for the credit arising from their learning experiences. This normally means that a student receives support in the preparation of a portfolio, which evidences their claimed exemptions for entry. This portfolio of evidence is then submitted for assessment and the possible award of academic credit. Alternative methods of assessment of evidence may be available but needs to be discussed with the Admissions team or Course Leader.

You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

Year one for part-time students (Level 5)
  • Person-centred Approaches to Counselling (15 credits)
  • Counselling Skills, Development and Practice (15 credits)
  • Comparative Theories and Approaches in Counselling (15 credits)
  • Continual Personal Development in Counselling (15 credits)
Year two for part-time students (Level 5)
  • Human Development in Relation to Counselling (15 credits)
  • Client work in Therapeutic Counselling (15 credits)
  • Counselling for Loss and Grief (15 credits)
  • Counselling Clients who have Experienced Abuse (15 credits)

    A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours which includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study.  A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours which includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study.  A full-time student should expect to undertake 30 additional hours per week during term-time.

    When studying this course we will timetable your lectures into one full day a week over two semesters per year or one afternoon and evening on the same day over two semesters per year (see Duration and delivery for exact details). We are able to offer this convenient timetabling to our students as we are a smaller institution so we can timetable our staff and resources more efficiently.

    There are two semesters per year and each semester is up to 15 weeks which includes up to 12 teaching weeks and 3 assessment weeks.

    When studying part-time you will be in classes, seminars and tutorials for approximately 7 hours per week and will spend the rest of your time in independent study and extra-curricular activities including work placement if not embedded in your course. We recommend that full-time students allow an additional 15 hours per week for additional study.

    The campus is open Monday to Friday throughout the year and you will also have 24/7 access to a virtual learning environment (VLE) with e-books, journals and abstracts plus teaching resources and interactive tools.

    Timetables are available at least 6 weeks before registration and you can refer to the academic calendar for examination weeks and resit periods.

    The days of the week you study may change each year and in some circumstances one of the full days might have to be split into two half days, but we aim to keep these as full days where possible.

    Throughout the duration of your course you will be assessed by the following methods:

    Year one for part-time students (Level 5)
    • 100%     Coursework
    Year two for part-time students (Level 5)
    • 100%     Coursework

    We will provide, by the beginning of the first week of each semester, a current module guide with all the information you need for each module, including details of assessment tasks, the deadlines for these tasks, the required format and any relevant guidance.

    Students must have the ability to secure 100 hours of counselling practice.

    As the course is timetabled on the same day during the week when studied part-time, this also gives you the flexibility to find a work placement, internship or volunteering opportunity which will improve your employability after you graduate. All students are encouraged to identify work experience to aid their career development.

    After successful completion of the Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, you have the opportunity to complete the Level 6 of the BA (Hons) Person Centered and CBT Counselling & Psychology (Top-up) course to obtain a full honours degree with a further year of study.

    This course qualifies you at practitioner level as a Counsellor. You could gain employment in the counselling field or related psychological professions.

    The course leader is Caroline Gilchrist.

    When you have chosen a course to study at University Centre Peterborough, your next step is to make an application.

    All PART-TIME APPLICATIONS can be submitted directly to University Centre Peterborough. You can download and complete the following form then email to admissions@ucp.ac.uk, or send it through the post, or visit us in person.

    Before you apply, please check that you meet the entry requirement which is listed on the course information pages.

    If you have any questions about making an application contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email admissions@ucp.ac.uk.

    When to apply

    We advise you to make an application for your chosen course as soon as possible to secure your place. We will process your application within 1 to 5 working days so you know if you have been successful and received an offer.

    The following timeline is for applications to start a course in September 2021.

    FIRST UCAS DEADLINE

    • Applications for the majority of courses will be made by 6pm on 15th January 2021.
    • If you have not made your application by this date you can still apply to University Centre Peterborough at any time afterwards.

    UCAS EXTRA

    • If you missed the first UCAS deadline, you can still apply through UCAS Extra from Thursday 25th February to Sunday 4th July 2021.
    • This also gives you the opportunity to add University Centre Peterborough as an additional choice if you have used all five choices and are not holding any offers.

    UCAS CLEARING

    • From Monday 5th July 2021 you can apply via UCAS through Clearing.
    • Clearing is for those who have not yet applied or students who have waited until they have received their grades. However, you do not need to wait until you receive your grades before applying through Clearing.
    • If you have applied and been accepted at another university, you still have the opportunity to change to study at University Centre Peterborough.
    • If you don’t get the grades you expected, don’t panic. Just contact us during Clearing and we can  usually confirm your place very quickly. We are used to helping students at this time of year.

    Types of offer

    When you make an application, you will receive one of the following offers:

    • CONDITIONAL OFFER: You will have to meet certain conditions before the start of the course (such as achieving your exams with a certain grade). We will specify these conditions when making you an offer. When you achieve these grades your place will then be confirmed.
    • UNCONDITIONAL OFFER: You already meet the entry requirements for the course (i.e. you have achieved the grades already) and we are happy to offer you a place without conditions.
    • DECLINE: Unfortunately, we are not able to offer you a place at this time. We will advise you why you were unsuccessful on this occasion and we can give you advice on alternative courses for progression.

    Applicant days

    • We will be holding an Applicant Day for new students on Saturday 20th March 2021.
    • This invitation only event is available to students who are holding a Conditional Offer or Unconditional Offer. It will give you the opportunity to meet other students, academic staff and participate in subject sessions to help prepare you before starting in September 2021.
    • If you are still deciding on where to study then this day can be a great chance to see if studying with us is right for you.

    Advice Sessions and Open Days

    • If you would like help with your application, more information about student finances or have any questions, then you are welcome to book onto one of our regular Advice Sessions where you can speak to a member of staff for help and advice.
    • During our Open Days we run a series of talks on a variety of topics including applications and student finance.
    • For dates and times of the latest Advice Sessions and Open Days visit www.ucp.ac.uk/events.

    Key Facts

    UCAS Code
    n/a
    Institution code
    P56
    Accredited by:
    Pearson Edexcel

    Location
    Stamford Campus

    Duration and Delivery

    Part-time 2 years (1 full day a week over two semesters per year)

    Part-time 2 years (1 afternoon and evening a week on the same day over two semesters per year)


    Start Date
    September 2021

    Tuition fees

    £5,000 in total (you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan of £2,882 over two years leaving £1,059 to pay each year)

    There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.


    Additional Notes

    Click here for terms and conditions 2021/22 including our complaints policy.


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