Do 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 gestalt counsellor? On this Gestalt Counselling DipHE, you'll learn how to help people reflect on their current thoughts, feelings and behaviours so they can better understand their current situation. This can help them deal with relationship problems and mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and stress. In year 1, you'll develop foundational counselling skills and explore all the counselling approaches available to practitioners, including humanistic counselling and cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). In your second year, you'll focus on developing the practical skills you need as a gestalt 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 gestalt 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 Humanistic 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 gestalt 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 Eastleigh College 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
- Alcohol and drug services
- Eating disorder services
- Mental health services
- Police and prison services
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 Gestalt Counselling Skills – 20 credits Gestalt 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.
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
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
This course is available to EU and International applicants who do not require a Student Route Visa
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.
English language requirements
|English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
|An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
|79 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
|Cambridge English Advanced
|Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
|Cambridge English Proficiency
|Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
|Trinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components
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Fees and funding
|Republic of Ireland