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DipHE Therapeutic Counselling (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

  • Course Type: Diploma/Certificate
  • Institution Code: P56
Course overview

What can this course lead to?

After successful completion of the Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, you have the opportunity to complete the Level 6 of the BA (Hons) Person-Centred and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (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.

Who is it for?

This course provides an opportunity for learners to engage in self-reflection and develop their knowledge of theory and application of skills. Through this course, learners will be able to assess and evaluate their practice of counselling as well as topics relevant to the field.

This qualification is aimed at learners whose qualification goal is to achieve professional status in counselling. It may also be appropriate for those working in roles where counselling skills are needed: for example, nursing, teaching, social work, the voluntary sector, the police and armed forces.

Our comprehensive counselling programme is designed to cultivate not only academic prowess but also the essential skills and self-awareness needed for a successful career in the field. Throughout the course, you will delve into the intricacies of Person-centred or Cognitive Behavioural Theory (CBT) counselling, fostering a critical understanding that forms the bedrock of effective therapeutic practice.

The programme goes beyond theoretical knowledge, equipping you with the ability to devise and sustain compelling arguments, solve complex problems, and apply theoretical approaches to real-world counselling scenarios. A key emphasis is placed on self-awareness and reflexivity, nurturing a deep understanding of oneself and others, a cornerstone for building meaningful connections with clients.

As you progress, you will enhance your professional skills, gaining the competence to navigate the challenging landscape of counselling practice. The curriculum not only imparts academic proficiency but also hones research skills, encouraging you to explore current research and appreciate the nuances, uncertainties, and limits of knowledge within the field.

Inclusivity is at the forefront, with a focus on developing practices that address challenges in diverse and complex environments. Students will not only describe and comment on cutting-edge research in counselling but also learn to manage their learning effectively, utilising scholarly reviews and primary sources.

The course empowers students to apply learned methods and techniques, fostering the review, consolidation, extension, and application of knowledge. Through critical evaluation of arguments, assumptions, and data, students learn to frame pertinent questions and arrive at well-informed solutions. Effective communication skills are honed to articulate information, ideas, and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Beyond academia, the programme cultivates qualities and transferable skills essential for employment in dynamic and unpredictable contexts, instilling the ability to exercise initiative, personal responsibility, and effective decision-making. Graduates emerge not only as adept professionals but also as individuals ready to navigate the complexities of the counselling landscape with confidence and resilience. Join us on this enriching journey and unlock your potential as a compassionate and skilled counsellor.

The Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling enables learners to embark on practice working within an ethical framework. Learners are expected to make appropriate use of counselling supervision and evaluate their work. After learners have developed knowledge and understanding of the main approaches to counselling, they will evaluate the underlying concepts and principles of a person-centred approach to/model of counselling. Learners will also learn about human development and psychological change. Learners will also understand the practical application of their chosen approach to clinical practice. The placement requirement in this qualification is essential to the personal and professional development of the practitioner.

This course is delivered part-time, clear here to find out how to apply.

What is covered?

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


Module 1 Person centred Counselling Theory  - level 4

Module 2 Person centred Counselling Practice – level 4

Module 3 Theoretical Perspectives in Human Development and Counselling – level 4

Module 4 Integrating Other Counselling Approaches and Creative Therapies – level 4


Module 5 Loss and grief theory and practice – level 5

Module 6 Trauma and abuse theory and practice – level 5

Module 7 Understanding and Addressing Mental Health Anxiety, Depression and Phobias – level 5

Module 8 Integrating Theory, practice and Self – level 5

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

•        GCSE English and Maths at grade 4/C or above
•        Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory Level 3
•        An enhanced DBS check

Mature students or students who do not have the above qualifications can contact our admissions team on 01733 214466 or to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience. For more information on EU and overseas qualifications, UCAS, accreditation of prior learning and failure to meet the entry requirements please visit

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The course costs £6,500, which can be paid in instalments. The course fully covers levels 4 and 5 of the subject, giving a comprehensive understanding of the topic. For those who require financial assistance, there is the option of taking out a student loan to cover the cost of the course

This course is for 2 years.

Option 1: 1 full day a week over two semesters per year)
Option 2: 1 afternoon and evening a week on the same day over two semesters per year

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