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Counselling Skills (GradCert)

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Through evening class and online delivery, the Graduate Certificate in Counselling Skills continues to be a popular and successful programme. The course offers the opportunity to develop counselling skills as well as consider self-reflection and personal development.

Whether you work with young children or elderly clients, counselling skills enable the development of rewarding relationships.


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Why choose this course?

  1. This course provides an excellent opportunity to learn the foundation skills in counselling. These skills will provide strong support when building professional and personal relationships.
  2. Students have commented that the course goes beyond theory and practice and have highlighted how much they learn about themselves as they progress through the course.
  3. The Graduate Certificate in Counselling Skills supports students in developing their self-esteem, as well as building confidence when working and engaging with others.
  4. The skills learnt within this programme can be transferred across a range of professions, including teaching, health and social work.
  5. This course is an excellent starting point for anyone considering a career in Counselling and Psychotherapy. There continues to be a 100% pass-rate for this programme with most students deciding to continue their studies into the MA practice qualification.

What you will learn

Course Overview

The use and value of Counselling skills have been acknowledged for some time within employment roles; these are more overt in posts within nursing, teaching, support work and human resources. Counselling skills are increasingly regarded as a necessary tool within professional practice.

The Graduate Certificate in Counselling Skills programme consists of two thirty credit modules at level six which combine theory and skills development. It engages students in self-reflection and awareness skills and equips students with critical abilities with which to engage with the wider social, ethical and political context in which Counselling and Psychotherapy is set. 

This course has been developed as a ‘bridging course’ onto the Counselling MA in Psychotherapeutic Practice programme. The intention of the programme is to combine significant skills training with theoretical understanding to provide students with the necessary tools to apply for the Masters' programme or to enhance employment opportunities or CPD within current employment.

Module Topics

The programme consists of two 30 credit modules and is delivered through a blended learning format.

The Counselling Skills module (30 credits; core) is undertaken as an evening class and introduces students to the concept of the helping relationship. Students are given the opportunity to develop and apply helping skills whilst maintaining appropriate boundaries. Students are also encouraged to consider the importance and practicalities of self-care.

The Reflective Practice in Counselling module (30 credits; core) is an online module and supports students in developing an understanding of reflective/reflexive practices within Counselling skills that explore the relationship of self (self-awareness) and its impact on therapeutic relationships and being in relationship to others.

Please note, modules may alter a little from year to year, owing to staff changes, curriculum development and recommendations following validation.


The course will be assessed by a mixture of skills and theoretically based assignments.

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

Students need to be able to demonstrate the ability to work at level 6 and have the personal qualities to engage with the demands of this programme.

Career Opportunities

This programme is suitable for anyone who is working in or wishes to work in the area of Health and Social Care and any workplace that calls for interpersonal, communication and helping skills.

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs for this programme.

Student Quotes

"The course has been everything I hoped for and more. I've learnt a great deal in terms of counselling skills but also about myself, which has been both surprising and insightful. I feel that I have grown in confidence as a result and have found myself using my new skills in both my working relationships and personal ones."

Bursary / Scholarship Information

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