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Enhance your counselling practice and gain the qualifications needed to study a masters degree in counselling.

  • Attendance
  • Duration
    1 Year
  • Start date
  • Main Location
    City Campus

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As an experienced counsellor, during your studies you will be able to meet and network with other counsellors on your course to discuss and debate ideas and approaches, effectively contributing to and benefitting from the local counselling ‘community’.
Entry Requirements
Additional Requirements: Applicants should normally have English Language GCSE grade C or an equivalent award and a Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling or equivalent qualification. Applicants should also have formal training in counselling and/or psychotherapy and membership of BACP or equivalent professional association with code of ethics.

This course is for practising counsellors seeking further opportunities for professional study. You will need your line manager's consent to participate in the course, this could be in the form of a reference and a template can be accessed at this link.

Applicants who have completed our BSc Therapeutic Counselling (ordinary degree) in the last five years will be considered for advanced entry and will only need to complete a further 60 level 6 credit points.

Applicants who have completed our BSc Therapeutic Counselling degree more than five years ago can apply for credit transfer through the Recognition of Prior Learning route.

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.


  • Sally Bridgewater


Sally Bridgewater
Academic Mentor, Think Sharp

PG Cert Interpersonal & Counselling Skills

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““I’ve always supported friends by listening to them, so counselling was a natural career choice, and Leeds Beckett has one of the best courses – it’s well-established, carefully designed and offers fantastic facilities. Listening to someone and truly giving them time to think about their problems is one of the most effective ways to help them, and not enough people know how to do that.”


Examine the theory, practice and relational dynamics relating to supervision and experience the process of group supervision.

Get introduced to the theories, values, methods and techniques of existential, humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural perspectives of counselling.

Increase your knowledge of and critically evaluate a range of therapeutic issues. You will be given the opportunity to review, develop, support and communicate your own approach to practice in the helping professions.

You will explore research methods, ethical issues and critical evaluations of counselling research, and be supported to conduct your own research study.

Critically evaluate key theoretical approaches to group work and practical issues involved in setting up and running diverse groups in a range of contexts.

This course is aimed at qualified counsellors wishing to continue their professional development and those needing a stepping stone to study a masters award in this area.

The final project module will help boost your expertise and help you should you need to design and present your own counselling report or study in the future.

There's a real breadth in what you will investigate and discuss, including mainstream counselling approaches such as the relational approach and cognitive behavioural therapy, widely used in the NHS today.

Discussions with other qualified counsellors help shape and invigorate your debates, sharing knowledge and expertise while also allowing for valuable networking and potential entrepreneurial ventures and partnerships.

Our teaching team comes from a range of counselling backgrounds, having worked with person-centred, integrative, psychodynamic and humanistic approaches. They will help inform this course's content and bring a vast array of experience and insight into seminars, lectures and workshops.

By the end of your course you will have shaped and strengthened your own practice and its identity, and be able to find more opportunities to deliver counselling in diverse settings and communities.
  • Kay McFarlane
    Kay McFarlane Kay McFarlane
    Senior Lecturer

    It is delightful to witness students enjoying the freedom to explore issues that they feel passionate about. Students on this course have already qualified and they often tell me that this stage of their learning feels more liberating and less pressurised.

    Kay McFarlane is a psychotherapist, supervisor, trainer, lecturer and group facilitator. Since 1992 she has worked as a therapist in the NHS, in the voluntary sector and in private practice. She has taught children, adolescents and adults in various organisations, in various countries including Italy and Singapore.

Undergraduate tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are currently subject to approval and confirmation by the UK Government. Further details will be provided here in due course as soon as an announcement is made.


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