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.
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.
- Part-time study available
- Expert careers service
- 24/7 Library
- TEF Silver Award
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: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 ApplicantsOur 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.
PG Cert Interpersonal & Counselling Skills
“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.”
Teaching and learning
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.
Fees & funding
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.
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
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.
Placement locations and experiences will vary throughout the course but any additional travel or dual accommodation costs will be reimbursed by the NHS Business Services Authority. Students may also be eligible for a Child Dependants Allowance and Exceptional Support Funding dependent on their circumstances. Details of this NHS Learning support Funding can be found at the link here.
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.
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.
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.