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Psychotherapeutic Counselling

University Professional Diploma

Counselling placement

Hands on experience in practice to develop your integrative approach

Integrative approach

Draws on a range of established psychotherapeutic approaches

BACP accredited

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy accredits Diploma

Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
2 Years
Start date:
20 September 2021
School of Life Sciences and Education
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Our Psychotherapeutic Counselling Professional Diploma will develop you into a reflexive counsellor who can work effectively with clients on a diverse range of issues.

As anxiety, stress and various associated conditions become increasingly common in today’s hectic world, more and more people are recognising the benefits of counselling.

Taking an integrative approach, this course will help you to develop a range of psychotherapeutic strategies – and enable you to begin to call on your own life experiences – to help your clients better understand their feelings and overcome the challenges they face.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: University Professional Diploma Psychotherapeutic Counselling

Course content

You’ll be taught five different counselling approaches:

  • Person-centred
  • Cognitive behavioural
  • Psychodynamic
  • Attachment
  • Systemic

You’ll also be encouraged to reflect on your own integrative approach as it develops over the course.

As a part-time student, you’ll normally complete the course over two years.

You’ll need to undertake a counselling placement of at least 100 hours, 50 hours of work-based learning and at least 20 hours of approved personal therapy.

You’ll attend a compulsory residential weekend near the start of the course which offers space to focus on personal development, skills and group dynamics in a tranquil setting.

There are also two compulsory Saturday day schools in both Year 1 and Year 2.

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

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This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you may be able to take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 180 credits. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course.

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Standard route

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Personal Development And Counselling Skills 1 30 credits
Theory, Research & Professional Issues In Counselling 1 30 credits
Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Personal Development And Counselling Skills 2 30 credits
Theory, Research & Professional Issues In Counselling 2 30 credits

You must have successfully completed at least a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling or equivalent and should also have a good standard of written and spoken English (IELTS 6.0 or equivalent).

You must obtain a counselling placement involving a minimum of 100 hours of supervised counselling practice during the course.

Your emotional maturity and resilience will be assessed as part of the application and interview process.

University Certificate in Counselling

If you don’t meet the requirements to study at Professional Diploma level, you may be interested in our University Certificate in Counselling, which is studied part-time over one year.

For students who are not equipped to begin Certificate-level study and have little or no counselling experience, a 10-week Introduction to Basic Skills in Counselling course is also available. Successful completion of the Introduction will enable you to apply to enrol on the Certificate.



When you’ve completed the Professional Diploma plus 450 client hours, you can apply to the BACP to become an accredited counsellor.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching includes formal lectures, small and large group work, triads, discussions, guided reading, video presentations, demonstrations and counselling sessions. During the training, you’ll take on the role of both counsellor and client, and explore your own reflexivity and self-awareness. In Year 2, with permission, there will be the opportunity to review audio recordings of actual practitioner-client sessions.

You’ll be required to critique an audio recording of a client on placement as part of the skills portfolio assessment. 


Among other activities, during Years 1 and 2 assessments include essays and presentations on ethics, theory, skills critiques and personal development activities. In Year 2 you’ll also be assessed on your critique of audio from an actual client session.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.


You’ll receive constructive feedback on all work submitted for assessment. Feedback is intended to help you learn and develop, and you’re encouraged to discuss it with your personal tutor. You’ll be continually assessed on your skills during the triad sessions.

Feedback is normally provided within 20 working days following submission of work.


Beverley Meakin
Beverley MeakinSenior Lecturer

I have 15 years' experience of providing counselling with a relational focus for couples, individuals and families.I currently teach on the Postgraduate/Professional Diploma and MSc Psychotherapeutic Counselling.

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Keith Walmsley-Smith
Keith Walmsley-SmithLecturer

I teach across a wide spectrum of courses, all involving counselling approaches to psychology. I'm interested in what motivates people to train in therapeutic work, and how the training process impacts upon them and their relationships.

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Susan Fleming
Susan FlemingCourse Director

My professional experience includes working as a counsellor for the NHS, Douglas Macmillan Hospice and IMPACT & Aquarius alcohol agencies including counselling within the probation service.

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For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for University Professional Diploma-Part-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands
Part-time £2,685 per year of study

When studied part time, the duration of the course and the amount of fees you’ll pay each year depends on the speed at which you wish to progress. This is called the ‘intensity of study’. The usual study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 60 credits in your first year of study. This would be equivalent to studying at 50 per cent course intensity.

If you follow this pattern of study you will complete the course in two years. In your second year you will pay the pro rata (equivalent) fee shown for your first year of study.

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.


Stoke-on-Trent campus
University Professional Diploma
20 September 2021

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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