Birkbeck University of London Introduction to Counselling

Birkbeck University of London Introduction to Counselling

Programme overview

Birkbeck is recognised as a centre of excellence for counselling courses. So if you want to develop your helping skills in professional or voluntary roles, or eventually to train as a counsellor, then this course provides the expertise you need. It starts with a broad-based introduction and then you will study psychodynamic counselling, alongside cognitive-behavioural and person-centred therapy, with a chance to compare the 3 approaches. You will learn how to apply aspects of theory and practice to helping relationships, in both formal work roles and in informal social and voluntary activities.

This Certificate of Higher Education is composed of two parts: Year 1 consists of the Introduction to Counselling module, which you enrol onto directly. Year 2 consists of three modules, which you can go on to after successfully completing Introduction to Counselling in Year 1.

Year 1 (module 1, Introduction to Counselling): 2 hours a week for 30 weeks (weekday or evening) or 7 once-monthly weekend-only sessions (4 hours each on Saturday and Sunday) from January 2018.

Year 2 (modules 2-4): 3 hours a week for 30 weeks on Tuesday 6-9 pm plus 3 Saturday schools. Please note Saturday schools are held in central London.


Entry requirements

Year 1 (module 1, Introduction to Counselling)

This module has no entry requirements. However, all modules are taught at university level and you should be able to read, write and speak English fluently.

Year 2 (modules 2-4)

You must have completed the Introduction to Counselling module or equivalent. Exemption from the Introduction to Counselling module and direct entry to Year 2 may be granted, at the discretion of the admissions tutor, if you have equivalent qualifications or experience.

If you are applying for direct entry to Year 2, you will be required to complete a piece of assessed work as part of the application process. Details will be provided after you have submitted your application.

International entry requirements

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don’t meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.