Psychotherapeutic Counselling University Professional Diploma

Location Stoke-on-Trent Campus
Duration 2 Years
Course start September
  • Offers a unique opportunity to gain experience and develop your professional knowledge and skills in Counselling under the guidance of highly qualified and committed staff.
  • Taught by highly experienced practitioners with diverse interests.
  • Uses an Integrative model, which allows us to study both unity between different theories, also looking at complexity and difference.

This course is currently full for September 2019 entry.  

Course outline

Psychotherapeutic Counselling courses at Staffordshire University offer two routes to a professional qualification in counselling.  For those studying at postgraduate level (L7), the MSc/Postgraduate Diploma Psychotherapeutic Counselling and for those studying at undergraduate level (L6), the Professional Diploma Psychotherapeutic Counselling.

The postgraduate and undergraduate levels are taught together but assessed differently to reflect the appropriate level that students have enrolled on. Transfer from Professional Diploma to MSc/Postgraduate Diploma is possible if consistently high marks are achieved in Year 1.

Both the MSc/Postgraduate Diploma and the Professional Diploma are British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy accredited and meet the standards of the BACP for counsellor training and education.  The courses reflect the four elements of training: Theory, Counselling Skills, Professional Issues and Personal Development as outlined by the Association.  The course contact hours may be counted towards meeting part of criterion 4 of the BACP Counsellor/Psychotherapist Accreditation scheme. The provision of these four elements builds on the student’s ability to function as an effective, ethically aware counsellor in a structured and coherent way.

The Professional Diploma takes account of the move towards the more integrative approaches to counselling, which better meet the needs of counselling clients in a multicultural and diverse society.  Five different counselling approaches are taught: Person Centred, Cognitive Behavioural, Psychodynamic, Attachment and Systemic. Students are encouraged to reflect on their own integrative approach as this develops over the course.


Course Fees and Finance

2018/19 New Entrants, Part Time

  • Home and EU students: £2,085 per year of study


The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 60 credits in your first year of study and the other 60 credits in your second year of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay a fee of £2,080 in your first year of study. The fee for your second year of study will be broadly the same, except that an inflationary uplift may apply each year.*

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

Course content

As a part-time student you will normally complete Stage 1 (Professional Certificate) in Year 1 and Stage 2 (Professional Diploma) in Year 2.

The Professional Certificate/ Professional Diploma elements of this course all have four threads running continuously throughout the programme:

  • Counselling Theory and Research
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Professional, Legal and Ethical Studies
  • Counselling Skills Practice and Development

Entry requirements

Candidates for the Professional Diploma must have successfully completed a Certificate in Counselling or equivalent.

Candidates must obtain a counselling placement whereby they can undertake a minimum of 100 hours of supervised counselling practice during the course.

Candidates should also have a good standard of written and spoken English.

The emotional maturity and resilience of prospective students will be assessed as part of the application and interview process.


British Association for Counselling and Psychothe

This course is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.


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