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Certificate in Counselling

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Institution C58

UCAS - Applications for this course are made directly to us rather than via UCAS

Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

20 weeks (2 x 10 weeks) Part Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £1,245 (per module)

2020/21 international fee: £1,245 (per module)

(Part time fees are calculated based on sum of module credits taken per annum)

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

Typical entry requirements:

Open entry for student by application and reference. 


Student view

Katharine Masters
Certificate in Counselling Skills
I did the Certificate in Counselling Skills course to further my skills in my role as a community midwife, and also with a view to a career change to counselling in the future. The skills that I have learnt on the course are beneficial both in my professional and personal life. It has been an amazing learning curve in self development.

Course content

Counselling is rapidly growing as a profession and is increasingly valued in education, medicine, the caring field and most workplaces. Our part-time courses in Counselling provide high quality humanistic training in counselling skills and professional counselling through a variety of graduated programmes.

The Certificate in Counselling Skills is a free-standing course which has two modules, Phase 1 and Phase 2. Each module is worth 15 credits. Both phases combine humanistic theory, values and ethical practice in relation to counselling skills used in one-to-one, face-to-face situations and in wider social contexts at work and in the community.

Two entry points for Phase 1 (September and January) and Phase 2 (January and April) enabling credits to go forward to a Professional Counselling Course for qualification, if desired.

Download our application form and reference form

For more information, read our latest Counselling brochure.

Our facilities

We’ve developed both of our campuses to have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

The Learning Resource Centre is the hub of the learning environment.  It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Careers Centre, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

The Bishop Otter LRC offers:

  • Books and journals
  • E-resources, including multimedia streaming
  • Mac and PC suites
  • Printing and scanning facilities
  • PrintShop services
  • General meeting areas
  • Group and individual study spaces
  • Equipment Loans​
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

Learning Resource Centre facilities

Where this can take you

There’s an opportunity, if desired, to apply for progression onto the BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling on completion of the Certificate.

Students with additional qualifications/credit can progress from Certificate level to degree level in five years. The BA (Hons) in Humanistic Counselling is also an excellent development for students already holding a Diploma in Counselling.

As a student in the Department there are a variety of opportunities which may be available to you.  These include:

  • Study Abroad
  • Erasmus
  • Internships
  • Placements
  • Voluntary Research Assistant

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.

Indicative modules

Indicative Course Content Phase 1:

  • Philosophy of Humanistic Practice
  • Carl Rogers Core Conditions
  • Acceptance
  • Empathy
  • Genuineness
  • Presence
  • Effective Listening
  • Non-verbal and Para-verbal Communication
  • Giving and Receiving Constructive Feedback
  • Introduction to Transactional Analysis
  • Introduction to Transference
  • Loss and Change
  • Perceptions and Attitudes towards Diverse Cultural Forms

Indicative Course Content Phase 2:

  • Exercises to Continue Self Awareness
  • Resistance and Reluctance
  • Immediacy
  • Defences
  • Challenges (Self and Others)
  • Johari Window
  • Appreciation of Difference
  • Hierarchy of Human Need
  • Group Process and Dynamics
  • Practice in Small Groups
  • Peer Assessment of Taped Interaction
  • Core Conditions of Humanistic Practice Accentuated
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Transference
  • Feedback


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