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Certificate in Counselling

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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

20 weeks (2 x 10 weeks) Part Time

Top 30
UK University
For courses and lecturers
5 Star
Rating for inclusiveness, teaching, and facilities
1. Guardian University Guide 2021 | 2. WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2020 | 3. QS Stars University Rating

Entry Requirements and Fees

Typical entry requirements:

Open entry for student by application and reference. 


2021/22 UK fee: £1,245 (per module)

2021/22 International fee: £1,750 (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.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

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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.

If you’re looking to become a professional counsellor, our Certificate in Counselling is the ideal first step to start your training. With this course, you’ll begin to develop your counselling skills and understanding. After completing this programme, we offer the next stage in counselling training, the BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling which after successful completion allows you to qualify as a professional counsellor.

Who is this qualification for?

This course is ideal if you:

  • Want to begin your training as a professional counsellor
  • Want to change your current career to become a counsellor
  • Wish to understand and adopt counselling skills to your current role
  • Or would simply like to improve personal and professional relationships

What you can expect

The Certificate in Counselling Skills is a free-standing course that has two modules, Phase 1 and Phase 2. There’s a total of 20 sessions (10 in each phase) with two entry points for Phase 1 (September and January) and Phase 2 (January and April).

Both phases combine humanistic theory, values and ethical practice to counselling skills used in one-to-one, face-to-face situations and wider social contexts at work as well as in the community.

The sessions at the University are delivered on weekday evenings and Saturday’s to give you flexibility around your current commitments.

For more information, read our latest Counselling brochure.

How to apply

Applications for this programme are made directly to the University. To apply, download our application form and reference form and return to our Admissions team.

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.

Learning Resource Centre

Learning Resource Centre facilities

Our Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus.  It hosts:

  • A modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors 
  • A range of study areas for group study
  • Over 80 open access PC and Mac stations
  • Wi-Fi areas for laptop use
  • Substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research
  • Online library resources you can access from anywhere at any time
  • Costa Coffee
  • Also situated in the Learning Resource Centre is the Support and Information Zone (SIZ) to help with any enquiries while at university
  • At SIZ, there's an equipment loans centre offerings laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans

The local area

The local area surrounding the University of Chichester's main Campus including Chichester Cathedral, Chichester Town Centre, The South Downs and West Wittering Beach

It’s important to love where you live and study and the local area surrounding the University has so much to offer. With the seaside town, historic city, rolling countryside and stunning beaches, there’s plenty to explore

Visit us

Book an Open Day or Campus Tour to discover the campus and the facilities it has to offer. 

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 that 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.

People you'll meet

All the lecturers who will be teaching you are experienced and practising Humanistic Counsellors. Take a look at their profiles to learn more about our amazing team.

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


International English Studies

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Additional Costs

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Parking and travel information

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Are you interested in this course and would like to learn more? Get in touch with our Admissions team for more information.