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What our students say

The best way to find out about a course is to hear from the students.  Find out what our students think about our Psychology and Counselling courses:

What Chichester means to me...

“Studying at The University of Chichester was a great environment to embark on year 3 and 4 of my BA (hons) Degree in   Humanistic Counselling.  The University offers a very friendly culture and their buildings are steeped in a curious history. The team of counselling lecturers were completely supportive throughout, available for questions and queries. Their caring, yet rigorous, teaching skills enabled me to meet and maintain H.E academic standards expected at this level of counselling and study. Although it was hard work, the enriching rewards visibly emerged as my theoretical understanding, personal development and ethical practice developed vastly as a counsellor. Since finishing the course I have gained BACP accreditation and have also felt competently ready to continue professional learning and development by gaining a level 6 qualification in Therapeutic Supervision. I now work as a counsellor and supervisor with a Further Education college and a local counselling service that specialises in sexual trauma”.

Becs: BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling

"It was a huge decision to undertake the 4 year BA in Humanistic Counselling. From my first day through to my last I felt guided and supported by my tutors and peers through what was to become a life changing experience. As well as embarking on a journey of self-discovery and growth, I learned valuable life skills in communication, empathy, and professionalism. Without this experience I could not have gone on to become a Civil Celebrant supporting bereaved families through their loss. Completing the degree course taught me resilience and gave me the confidence I needed to make a complete career change. The skills I learned gave me the tools I needed for life."

Rachael: BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling

"I have found the Certificate in Counselling Skills course an incredibly positive experience; it has been valuable and rewarding. I have learnt so much about relationships, humanistic theory and communication. I use the skills I have gained in my personal and professional life every day.

The relaxed atmosphere in class has given me the opportunity to speak freely and openly, allowing me to contribute my thoughts and learn from fellow students. My confidence and self-development since starting the course have grown tremendously. It has given me a fantastic insight into what counselling is all about and I look forward to a career in Humanistic Counselling in the future."

Madeleine: Certificate in Counselling Skills

"Returning to education was a big deal for me. I never viewed myself as "academic" and was full of anxiety about starting the BA in Humanistic Counselling. However, I found the course to be incredibly accessible and the teaching staff made it so easy to engage. The teaching methods were varied and highly interactive which really helped me overcome my fears around education. The content of the course was well structured and organised which helped me to manage my learning, making the most of time on campus, personal study time and time spent in placement. I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent at Chichester and always look back with fondness both at the learning process and the friendships built along the way. Since leaving I went straight into work at Kenward House, a drug and alcohol rehab in Kent as a counsellor and group worker. I now lead a team in Westminster, working in addictions and mental health and am currently studying to gain a post graduate certificate in supervision. I feel that my time at Chichester prepared and equipped me brilliantly for the work I now do."

Tristan: BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling

"Having decided to change career in my early fifties, I found myself embarking on a series of Counselling courses at the University of Chichester, starting with the Certificate course then the Diploma and finally the BA in Humanistic Counselling, which I completed in 2009. Lectures were stimulating and usually incorporated a variety of thought-provoking activities or lively discussions. Age felt no barrier; it was refreshing to be studying again and the shift to a more personal, introspective style of writing particularly appealed. I especially appreciated the opportunity to participate in experiential groups, where we were encouraged to speak from “I” of our experience in the moment. This could be challenging, sometimes daunting, and yet it yielded the possibility of valuable personal growth. 

As I had previously taught ‘A’ level Psychology, all of this studying was with a view to counselling sixth form students when I had completed my training. This I now do, together with a small private practice and, since completing my BACP accreditation and further training, my work as a supervisor of counsellors working for a local charitable counselling service and some part-time counselling work for the NHS. The training at Chichester University empowered me to take on different roles and challenges and opened up the possibility of a new field of work, which I have embraced."

Mary: BA in Humanistic Counselling