Staffordshire University Counselling Courses

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Staffordshire University Counselling Courses

Staffordshire University Counselling Courses


Counselling University Certificate

Location Stoke-on-Trent Campus
Duration 1 Year

2017/18 New Entrants, Part Time

  • Home and EU students: £1,500 per year of study
  • Our counselling lecturers are all fully qualified and practising counsellors with a wide range of experience and an enthusiasm for counselling training.
  • Our counselling courses are taught in our dedicated counselling facilities, these include a specialist base training room and three purpose designed counselling rooms with the latest audio/video recording facilities.
  • The Certificate also features a residential weekend which offers space to focus on personal development, skills and group dynamics in a tranquil setting. This residential facilitates the development of your counselling skills with the aim of creating a supportive environment in which to learn.
  • Our facilities also include a state of the art video and observation suite, plus other psychological research laboratories, housed in a £30 million Science Centre.
  • Applicants to this course should have satisfactorily completed an introduction course in basic counselling skills within the last three years (or equivalent).

Course outline

The Certificate in Counselling is designed to give students an introduction into counselling theory, ethics, skills and personal development. This course is designed to enable students to use counselling skills effectively within an existing role, for example, working as a youth worker, health and care worker, social worker or voluntary helper.

The Certificate in Counselling does not permit students to practise as a counsellor upon completion but will provide an excellent basis for further training in counselling skills, such as our Professional Diploma and Masters programmes in Psychotherapeutic Counselling.



Course content

The University Certificate in Counselling is a Higher Education qualification equivalent to 60 credits at National Level 4. The certificate is assessed by four assignments for each of the major elements covered in the award:

  • Counselling Theory
  • Counselling Skills
  • Professional and Ethical Issues
  • Personal Development

Students are expected to attend at least 80% of sessions of the course plus compulsory attendance at a residential weekend in order to complete the award.

Entry requirements

Completion of an introductory counselling skills course or equivalent experience is required. This course is designed for emotionally mature students. The specific entry requirements for the award are normally:


  1. Applicants ideally would have access to an appropriate setting in which to practice their counselling skills.
  2. Satisfactory completion of an introductory course in basic counselling skills (minimum 24 hours), undertaken within the last three years (or equivalent).
  3. Motivation and commitment to participate in all aspects of the course.
  4. All short-listed candidates are required to supply two named referees.
  5. Willingness to comply with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy’s Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
  6. IELTS Level 6.0.


  1. Self-awareness and evidence of commitment to personal development
  2. An understanding that whilst personal development is an integral part of the course, this is not therapy.

Successful applicants will be selected by interview. Further information about the interview process will be given on application. For students who have been out of education for some time, evidence of the ability to study at an appropriate level is required.

Employment opportunities

Successful completion of this course will provide a basis for further training, such as the Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling

Programme specification

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