Goldsmiths University of London Counselling
This programme is ideal if you wish to qualify and pursue a career as a professional counsellor. It’s designed to enable you to develop as a reflective counselling practitioner.
The programme offers a full-time mode of study extending over a minimum of two years and a part-time mode of study extending over a minimum of three years.
The curriculum focuses on psychodynamic, psychoanalytic and relational psychoanalytic perspectives.
Through engagement in a range of learning contexts, including lectures, group seminars, therapeutic skills practice workshops, creative workshops, experiential group work, counselling placements, personal therapy, tutorials, independent study and dissertation supervision, students are supported in developing links between personal, clinical and theoretical knowledge.
Although the training is not an ‘accredited’ course of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), many students on the programme have chosen to complete the requirements stipulated by the BACP to become individually accredited clinical practitioners.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Lynne Brown
You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in a relevant/related subject and a certificate in Counselling/Counselling Skills as well as experience of working in a counselling-related field or where interpersonal communication skills are central to your role.
We also welcome applications from individuals with relevant work experience. In this case you must have knowledge and/or experience in psychodynamic theory and practice, and provide evidence of this with an up to date CV, references and personal statement.
All applicants must be able to demonstrate evidence of the capacity to develop the competencies for professional counselling practice:
- emotional insight
- ability to provide a reliable, honest, containing and reflexive relationship to clients
These will be evaluated through the application and interview process. The Admissions Tutor will seek to understand your qualities as a person and assess your suitability to practice with vulnerable clients.
Fitness to train
You’ll need to meet fitness to train criteria to be considered for this programme.
We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.
English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us.
For this programme we require:
IELTS 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing
If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.