Counselling at Keele University - UCAS

Course summary

Begin a rewarding journey by learning how to improve people's lives with our part-time Graduate Certificate in Counselling. Blending theory and practice, you will focus on the three strands of counselling training, namely counselling theory, counselling practice and personal development. This programme is ideal if you are looking to start training as a Counsellor or Psychotherapist but lack traditional academic qualifications and/or previous experience in a helping role. Why choose this course?

  • Learn from active practitioners in counselling who have a wealth of experience in counselling training
  • Acquire a theoretical grounding in person-centred/humanistic counselling
  • Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Counselling, may help you meet the criteria for entry onto our MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Extend your professional network by attending our annual counselling conference with internationally renowned keynote speakers and researchers in counselling
The philosophy of our Graduate Certificate in Counselling is humanistic with person-centred practice placed at the heart of the programme. The core theoretical model of the course is derived from an acceptance of Carl Rogers’ belief in the self-therapeutic capacity and wisdom of clients (1967). You will be encouraged to examine and question your own beliefs and assumptions and develop a personal, integrated theory of human development, based upon humanistic phenomenological philosophy and principles. To enable you to build and maintain strong therapeutic alliances with clients you will develop a suite of skills required to not only build relationships but to understand the barriers that may prevent or impact these relationships. We will help you to develop these characteristics through intensive skills and personal development training. About Keele Keele University was established in 1949 by the former Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University. Founded to meet the needs of a changing world, Keele has always had a pioneering vision to be a different kind of university. We excel in both teaching and research, with some of the most satisfied students in England, and research that is changing lives for the better at a regional, national and global level. Our beautiful 600-acre campus is one of the biggest in Britain – but all the most important services and facilities are on your doorstep, with accommodation, teaching spaces, facilities including a medical centre, sports centre and pharmacy, and a range of shops, eateries and entertainment venues – including the Students’ Union – clustered around the centre.


For information regarding modules for this course, please visit the course page on the Keele University website.

Entry requirements

Traditional academic qualifications are not a necessary requirement to enter the Graduate Certificate in Counselling. The programme is open to applicants that show appropriate commitment and motivation to participate in a programme that combines experiential learning and academic study. In line with the requirements of BACP, applicants also need to demonstrate the following attributes: self awareness, maturity and stability; ability to make use of and reflect upon life experience; capacity to cope with the emotional demands of the course; ability to cope with the intellectual and academic requirements; ability to form a helping relationship; ability to be self-critical and use both positive and negative feedback; awareness of the nature of prejudice and oppression; awareness of the nature of difference and equality; ability to recognise the need for personal and professional support; competence in or the aptitude to develop generic personal skills, including: literacy, numeracy, information technology, administrative skills, self-management skills, communication and interpersonal skills. Applicants will need to address these points in their personal statements in the application form and in response to the criteria questionnaire to be completed as part of the application process. Applicants will be required to complete an initial online application form including a personal statement. Once the application has been received, if the applicant meets the entry requirements for the programme, they will be sent a set of criteria questions to fill out. Occasionally, the applicant may be asked to attend an interview with two members of the core counselling team who teach on the counselling programmes at Keele University. In addition, to these requirements, applicants whose first language is not English must have an overall IELTS score of at least 7.0 with a score of at least 6.5 in each sub-set (or equivalent). The University also accepts a range of internationally recognised English tests. If you do not meet the English language requirements, the University offers a range of English language preparation programmes. During your degree programme you can study additional English language courses. This means you can continue to improve your English language skills and gain a higher level of English. This course is only available part-time and we do not provide Tier 4 sponsorship for part-time courses.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

Information relating to the tuition fees and funding options for this course can be viewed on the Keele University website.
Counselling at Keele University - UCAS