This course is designed to enable the student to engage in an intensive and demanding process of shared learning, which aims to prepare the student to become an ethical, professional, and reflective counselling practitioner. The course provides a learning experience that assists the student to develop a research-informed approach to counselling practice, and seeks to integrate theoretical knowledge, practical skills, and self-awareness to enhance the development of therapeutic relationships. In addition to classroom-based learning activities, student undertake a supervised counselling practice placement in an appropriate counselling agency in order to facilitate learning around the application of theory to practice, and to develop competence as a professional counsellor.
The core areas include:
- The pluralistic approach to counselling and psychotherapy
- A range of theoretical approaches to counselling, such as Person Centred and Experiential, Psychodynamic, Transactional Analysis, Existential, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapies
- Practice skills in working with clients, and professional skills for working in counselling contexts
- Personal development and self-awareness
- Evidence-based practice and research methods
- Ethical and professional issues in counselling
Assessment is through a range of methods including case-studies, theory essays, literature reviews, practice observations, and reflective accounts, along with reports from supervisors and practice placement.
Assessment tasks are integrated in to the course and spread through the three years.
Formative assessment is ongoing and the programme team provide feedback on practice skills and activities in class.
Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
- British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Applicants should normally have:
An undergraduate degree (2.2 or better in any subject) which may be supplemented with professional experience and evidence of ability to study at postgraduate level
Interest in counselling as a profession or career/personal enhancement
Some experience in helping professionally or voluntarily
Two references (personal and professional)
All applicants are interviewed as part of the selection process. All applicants are required to undertake a criminal records check.
Overseas/EU - All applicants are required to provide certified proof of competence in English Language and the University's minimum requirements are:
IELTS 7.0 (no individual test less than 7.0).
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£7,500||Whole course|
Additional fee information
A limited number of fees-only PSAS places are available to those who meet the eligibility criteria of the Postgraduate Student Allowances Scheme of the Student Awards Agency for Scotland.