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Undergraduate course
DipHE

Therapeutic Counselling

Therapeutic Counselling

Therapeutic Counselling

Therapeutic Counselling

Applications for September 2018 are now closed.
Applications for September entry should be made by 10th May 2019. Applications after these dates may be considered if places are still available.
Applications for September entry should be made by 10th May 2019. Applications after these dates may be considered if places are still available.
International Scholarships available

Overview

Accredited by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), our course is ideal if you are seeking to become a professional counsellor or psychotherapist. It will help you work towards accreditation with the BACP, and will help you develop a specialist role within your current occupation.

You will consider other psychological theories of counselling to help see the Relational Approach in context. Group and individual supervision offers the opportunity to integrate theory and practice, and you will continue your own personal development. Upon successful completion of our DipHE you can progress straight onto our BSc Therapeutic Counselling.

Delivery is two years part-time, with teaching on campus for one day a week. We help you find a suitable work placement where you will have client contact on a weekly basis, totalling 100 hours. You will also undertake 20 hours of personal counselling from a network of professional counsellors approved by the university. 

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.

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We help you find a suitable work placement where you will have client contact time for two hour-long sessions per week - 100 hours in total. You will also undertake 20 hours of personal counselling from a network of professional counsellors approved by the university. Undergoing clinical supervision with a counsellor is a vital part of becoming a skilled and knowledgeable reflective therapeutic practitioner.

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
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • TEF Silver Award

Entry Requirements

You will need a minimum of 90 hours counselling skills training; to show experience of studying in the field of social science or psychology; and to hold a qualification equivalent to a Certificate in Higher Education. Applicants need to demonstrate a level of emotional maturity and robustness to cope with the psychological demands of this course and also be open to learning about and reflecting on yourself and others. You will also require a counselling placement with access to at least two, one hour individual sessions with clients in a working setting agreed with course tutors. This should be arranged after the interview.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

Applicants should normally have English Language GCSE grade C or above or an equivalent award, a Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling, or have at least 120 level 4 credits and have successfully completed a face to face Interpersonal and/or counselling skills course (minimum of 90 hours). 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:

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.

ENHANCED CRIMINAL HISTORY CHECKS:

Satisfactory enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here. The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.

SELF DECLARATION:

You will be required to undertake a Self-Declaration prior to acceptance on the course

ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

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.

You will need a minimum of 90 hours counselling skills training; to show experience of studying in the field of social science or psychology; and to hold a qualification equivalent to a Certificate in Higher Education. Applicants need to demonstrate a level of emotional maturity and robustness to cope with the psychological demands of this course and also be open to learning about and reflecting on yourself and others. You will also require a counselling placement with access to at least two, one hour individual sessions with clients in a working setting agreed with course tutors. This should be arranged after the interview.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

Applicants should normally have English Language GCSE grade C or above or an equivalent award, a Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling, or have at least 120 level 4 credits and have successfully completed a face to face Interpersonal and/or counselling skills course (minimum of 90 hours). 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:

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.

ENHANCED CRIMINAL HISTORY CHECKS:

Satisfactory enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here. The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.

SELF DECLARATION:

You will be required to undertake a Self-Declaration prior to acceptance on the course

ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Verify your qualifications
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Careers

Zainah Khan

Careers

Teaching and learning

We regularly review our courses to ensure we are offering you the best educational experience. This course is currently being reviewed for 2019 entry, therefore the information below is correct for students joining us in 2018/19 but there may be changes for students who wish to join us in 2019/20. These will be confirmed in the course specification made available to new applicants on this page from September 2019.
Download 2018/19 Course Spec Download
Core Modules

You will further develop your therapeutic interventions by learning the counselling skills, supervision and theory for practice.

Develop the awareness and proficiency in both personal and professional competence enabling you to work effectively as a reflective practitioner employing a relational approach to counselling.

Personal & Professional Development 2

You will develop a sound theoretical base allowing you to begin safe and effective clinical practice under appropriate supervision.

You will develop your professional approach as a reflective practitioner by using feedback from peers, tutors, supervisors and other professionals.

Understand what it takes to establish and maintain an effective, collaborative therapeutic relationship within the BACP ethical framework.

Download 2019/20 Course Spec Download
Core Modules

You will further develop your therapeutic interventions by learning the counselling skills, supervision and theory for practice.

Develop the awareness and proficiency in both personal and professional competence enabling you to work effectively as a reflective practitioner employing a relational approach to counselling.

Personal & Professional Development 2

You will develop a sound theoretical base allowing you to begin safe and effective clinical practice under appropriate supervision.

You will develop your professional approach as a reflective practitioner by using feedback from peers, tutors, supervisors and other professionals.

Understand what it takes to establish and maintain an effective, collaborative therapeutic relationship within the BACP ethical framework.

Download 2020/21 Course Spec Download
Core Modules

You will further develop your therapeutic interventions by learning the counselling skills, supervision and theory for practice.

Develop the awareness and proficiency in both personal and professional competence enabling you to work effectively as a reflective practitioner employing a relational approach to counselling.

Personal & Professional Development 2

You will develop a sound theoretical base allowing you to begin safe and effective clinical practice under appropriate supervision.

You will develop your professional approach as a reflective practitioner by using feedback from peers, tutors, supervisors and other professionals.

Understand what it takes to establish and maintain an effective, collaborative therapeutic relationship within the BACP ethical framework.

Sue Sherwin
Sue Sherwin
Dean of School

Sue Sherwin is Dean for the School of Health and Community Studies. She joined our University as a Senior Lecturer in 1996 after supporting the development of the first degree in Mental Health Nursing from Leeds Beckett.

Our School is committed to making a difference to the health and wellbeing of communities and individuals. All of our academics have worked in health, public health and the caring professions, and many still maintain their professional practice to ensure we maintain a strong link between our teaching and the demands of the professional workplace. We bring this quality of care to the way in which we support our students through their learning.

Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £2750. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2019/20 is £2750. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Additional course costs

Tuition fees

Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.

The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Additional costs

Course-specific essential costs

  • Memory stick (aproximately £10)
  • Recording device (approximately £25)
  • Membership of the BACP: £80 per year
  • Supervision: £30-70 per hour
  • Weekly travel for placement visits (estimated travel costs will be around £10 per week)
  • Personal therapy: minimum 20 sessions, £30-70 per hour
  • One hour supervision required for every six hours of client work (costs vary)

Course-specific optional costs

  • Books: £100 per year (books are available on loan from the library)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee rates for undergraduate applicants, commencing their course in the 202021 academic year, are yet to be set at this time by the UK Government. We expect these fee rates will be set in October 2019. Should you wish to view the fee charges for this course for the previous year you can do so by changing the entry point to September 2019 in the 'Start Date' section of this page above.

Facilities

  • 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
    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.

  • Clinical Skills Suite
    Clinical Skills Suite

    The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

  • 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.

Location

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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