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Course summary

If you have a background in counselling or psychology and want to gain the practical knowledge and interpersonal skills you need to pursue a career as a humanistic therapist, this Humanistic Counselling DipHE is ideal. Humanistic therapy focuses on the whole person. Humanistic counselling encourages people to think about their feelings and take responsibility for their actions. It focuses on helping them reach their potential rather than highlighting their problems. In year 1, you'll develop foundational counselling skills and explore all the counselling approaches available to practitioners, including gestalt counselling and cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). In your second year, you'll focus on developing the practical skills you need as a humanistic counsellor, putting what you learn into practice by conducting 100 hours of supervised counselling. You'll also learn about mental health issues and develop skills you need to work with different types of clients. When you complete the course, you could top up your diploma to a Bachelor's degree. You could also work as a humanistic counsellor in areas such as education, the police service, the prison service and the voluntary sector. Alternative courses This course shares the same 1st year modules as our DipHE Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and DipHE Gestalt Counselling. It's simple to switch courses at the end of year 1 if you change your mind about which counselling specialism to study. Location This course takes place at South Hampshire College Group - Eastleigh Campus. While studying here, you can access the University's student support services and community including study support, the Students’ Union and our library's online resources. What you'll experience On this course you'll:

  • Learn from experienced, industry-trained staff who've worked in organisations or run their own private practices
  • Study modules that give you a strong foundation for your studies and future career, covering topics including counselling skills, ethics, counselling theory and professional skills and development
  • Focus on developing specialist humanistic counselling skills and knowledge in year 2
  • Apply your knowledge and skills with at least 100 hours of supervised counselling on a placement in the community
  • Build a foundation to help work towards a further professional accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) following completion of the course
  • Learn research skills, which you can apply in your career and in degree-level study after the course
  • Develop transferable skills you can apply in all aspects of your life and career in areas such as problem solving, communication, group working, planning, effective feedback and IT
  • Study at South Hampshire College Group - Eastleigh Campus with access to University of Portsmouth support and services
  • Apply for membership of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and get access to member resources including journal subscriptions, free courses and job boards
Careers and opportunities Humanistic counselling can help people deal with difficulties including anxiety, depression, stress, self-confidence issues, bereavement, relationship difficulties or family problems. Public, private and charity sector settings you could work in after the course include:
  • Education
  • Alcohol and drug services
  • Eating disorder services
  • Mental health services
  • GPs
  • Police and prison services
You could also top-up your diploma to a Bachelor's degree on our BSc (Hons) Humanistic Counselling top-up course. When you complete the course successfully, you can sit the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Certificate of Proficiency to become a registered member of the BACP.


Year 1 Core modules in this year include: Development of Counselling Skills – 40 credits Developments in Counselling Theory – 40 credits Personal Development – 20 credits Professional Issues for the Counselling Practitioner – 20 credits There are no optional modules in this year. Year 2 Core modules in this year include: Counselling Specific Clients' Groups – 20 credits Humanistic Counselling Skills – 20 credits Humanistic Counselling Theory – 20 credits Introduction to Research Methodologies – 20 credits Mental Health Issues – 20 credits Professional Development – 20 credits There are no optional modules in this year.

Assessment method

On this counselling diploma, you'll be assessed through: Essays Live skills assessments (role play scenarios) Individual and group presentations Portfolios of evidence Case studies Personal learning journals Professional requirements (a 'Fitness to Practice' assessment) Supervised work-based learning You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. Feedback is central to this course. You'll get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future, as well as on your application for the 'Fitness to Practice' assessment. You'll also practice giving feedback during live skills assessments, where you'll receive feedback from your peers, as well as the assessment tutor.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

International applicants

This course is available to EU and International applicants who do not require a Student Route Visa

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

CLEARING INFORMATION – Our entry requirements may be different during Clearing, so please contact us on 023 9284 8000 to discuss your options Level 3 Counselling skills qualification, Non-standard applications that do not meet the specific admissions criteria may be subject to interview. Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting the course.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before starting the course.


We consider applicants without Level 3 Counselling on an individual basis subject to a successful interview and interpersonal skills role-play.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £19200 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship. Placement Year and Year abroad: UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £925 | EU – £925 (including Transition Scholarship)| International (Non-EU) – £1900. Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation. For more information about fees, go to You'll need to become a student member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Student membership costs £82 a year. You need to attend 30-hours of personal therapy on this course. We recommend you budget £750–£1500 a year for your personal therapy. You'll do at least 100 hours of supervised work placement, so we recommend you budget for travel expenses to and from the placement.
Humanistic Counselling at University of Portsmouth - UCAS