Introduction to Basic Counselling Skills


This ten week course provides an introduction to basic counselling skills and personal development. The course is suited for people who have little or no counselling experience who are interested in developing their counselling-related skills to either enhance their work or as the starting point for further training in counselling.

Please note that this course will run according to minimum student numbers.

  • 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.
  • 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.

The Introduction to Basic Counselling Skills course is a vibrant, experiential insight into developing an understanding of a range of counselling theories, emotional development and practical skills. The course prides itself on a student centred method of learning through self-reflection and self-awareness.

The Introduction to Basic Counselling Skills provides students with smooth transition onto future training in the form of the Certificate in Counselling but also aims to develop and enhance students’ existing skills base.


Delivery method
On campus
Stoke-on-Trent campus

10 weeks

Start date

Tuesday 9th January 2024 

Tuesday 9th April 2024

This course runs on Tuesdays only from 6pm-9pm

Health, Science and Wellbeing

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course. Applicants should be interested in developing their basic counselling skills to enhance their work or to progress to future counselling training.




Science Centre

Our £30 million Science Centre in Stoke-on-Trent contains specialist laboratories with the latest state-of-the-art equipment.

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Counselling Suite

The counselling suite contains four cubicles for practising counselling skills or conducting interviews with participants, and a base room for teaching and peer observation of counselling sessions.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course using our online portal. 

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