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Interpersonal & Counselling Skills
Undergraduate course

Interpersonal & Counselling Skills

Applications to this course should be made by Thursday 5 July 2018. Applications after this date may be considered if places are still available.
International Scholarships available


Our course is suitable for undergraduate applicants wishing to acquire a basis in counselling skills and in the knowledge and theory of counselling ethics and theoretical approaches. It will help to develop the knowledge and skills relevant to existing employment and/or progression to professional counsellor training. You'll study psychology, academic, personal and skills development, and the application of theory and skills to the workplace.

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: 40% of our research in the Psychology unit was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent.
Our part-time course is taught over two years, with attendance for 3.5 hours per week, and is split between theory and skills.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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Course Features

  • Placements
  • Part-time study available
  • Specialist facilities
  • 24/7 Library
  • Expert careers service
  • TEF Silver Award
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Paul Nicholson, Course Leader

Entry Requirements

Additional Requirements:

Applicants should normally have English Language GCSE grade C or an equivalent award and have passed an A-level or equivalent award. Students are required to undertake work-based learning of a minimum of three hours per week where they can practise their interpersonal and counselling skills in a helping capacity, such as a befriending role. Students not already working in a helping capacity, must find an appropriate voluntary setting prior to the start of the course.

All suitable candidates will be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link

IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


Zainah Khan


Zainah Khan
General Manager and English language teacher From Zero International Language School

PG Cert Interpersonal & Counselling Skills

“"My course has been really empowering. It teaches skills that you can implement in your own life, as well as academically and professionally. I've developed a great sense of self-awareness and empathy, which support me in establishing good rapport with my students. These abilities have become natural to me, and I use them every day in my job."

Teaching and learning

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Core Modules
Working with People

Introduction to Counselling Skills

Personal Development in Practice

Core Modules
Theory & Practice of Counselling & Interpersonal Skills

Personal & Professional Awareness & Development

Reflective Practice

Paul Nicholson
Paul Nicholson
Course Director

Paul Nicholson is a BACP accredited relational psychotherapist, training supervisor, senior lecturer and course leader. He has worked in mental health since 1997 and as a therapist in the NHS, voluntary sector and in private practice since 2005.

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Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £2400. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.


  • Interpersonal Skills Suite
    Interpersonal Skills Suite

    We have plenty of private rooms to allow you to try out your counselling skills. They come equipped with recording facilities so you’re able to reflect on and improve your practice.

  • Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.


City Campus

City Campus

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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