Glyndwr University, Wrexham has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.
Welsh Government policy enshrines the provision of counselling in schools, responding to this challenge - and to the demand for greater professionalisation of counselling and psychotherapy in Britain – Wrexham Glyndŵr University continues to offer this popular courses.
The initial diploma is aimed at providing you with a general professional qualification in counselling.
This course may help your career by adding valuable understanding and skills to anyone working in related professions.
Our courses are grounded in the person-centred approach to give you the ability to provide empathic, authentic relationships which will develop effective therapeutic interaction.
The delivery and content of the courses are based on a contemporary understanding of the theory and practice of Carl Rogers and the contributions of other theorists within this therapeutic modality. These include but are not limited to Gendlin, Mearns & Thorne, Warner, Greenberg, Rice & Elliott.
In addition, play and expressive therapy are covered in light of person-centred practice and theory, criticisms are considered, and attention is paid to research informed current developments.
There are several areas that are important to becoming a competent counsellor/psychotherapist. These are all addressed within the course and include: Emphasis on the personal development, self-awareness and psychological maturity of the trainee; developing the ability to write and practice reflectively, developing the ability to apply theory in practice; understanding and applying ethical principles in your work; and professionalism in practice.
Year 1 (Level 4)
Year one introduces the skills necessary to become an effective counsellor. Core theory modules cover the development of the person-centred approach to counselling, and the conditions required practically, personally, professionally and ethically to put these into practice.
The core skills or practice modules aim to enable you to develop effective counselling skills and put these into practice with peers. You will learn to analyse the levels of effectiveness of your own work and reflect on personal strengths and areas for development.
COU401: Beginning to Listen
COU402: What is Counselling?
COU403: Listening & Accompanying
COU404: Introducing Person-Centred
COU405: Clinical & Personal Practice
COU406: Introducing Person-centred
Year 2 (Level 5)
Year 2 (level 5) builds on and expands your portfolio of skills and knowledge. In year 2 the clinical placement is undertaken, so you will be putting your skills into practice with clients in an agency setting. In year 2 as well as lectures and seminars/workshops you will also attend personal development / self-care groups to enhance your self-awareness.
COU501: Clinical & Personal Practice
COU502: Theory in Practice
COU503: Clinical & Personal Practice
COU504: Theory in Practice
The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.
The course is assessed in a variety of ways. These assessments include self, peer and tutor assessment. Recordings and critiques of transcribed counselling sessions, live practice with peers (Triads), presentations, theory and reflection written assignments, case studies and portfolios of evidence. Clinical supervisors and placement reports all form important parts of the assessment process. There are no exams.
Teaching and learning
Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.
We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.
The 2 year Diploma includes 450 hours of contact teaching time. Teaching includes lectures / seminars, practical skills workshops, presentations and audio visual material, experiential and creative tasks and clinical placements.
The programme team have the benefit of engaging a number of visiting speakers / lecturers. We also provide personal development group facilitators who are all experienced and qualified counsellors / psychotherapists with a particular interest in personal development and group work.
How to apply
To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
This course is not currently available to those requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.
Sometimes applicants who do not meet the usual requirements for entry to a degree level programme may be considered. This is where they can demonstrate additional life / work related experience and an ability to engage with the academic challenges of the programme.
Normally qualifications at level 3 (BTEC, A-Level, Access courses, and Level 3 Counselling course completion are an expectation). Wrexham Glyndwr also offers a Level 4 Introduction to Counselling course which you may be interested in.
A key requirement for joining the course is the emotional and psychological maturity to work with people in psychological distress and the resilience required to cope with the demands of this work.
Applications are always enhanced by relevant experience of working in a helping role – whether paid or voluntary.
In your application you should make clear your reasons for wanting to undertake the programme and what you believe the strengths you would bring to the role are.
Occupational health checks and DBS checks are conditions of a place on this course.
All applicants whose forms indicate that they may be suitable for the programme are invited to an information session, group activity and individual interview..
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£3,995 *||Year 1|
|EU||£3,995 *||Year 1|
|England||£3,995 *||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£3,995 *||Year 1|
|Scotland||£3,995 *||Year 1|
|Wales||£3,995 *||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.