Graduate Certificate in Counselling Psychology Graduate Certificate
The Graduate Certificate in Counselling Psychology is a one-year part-time course that provides an excellent foundation for further advanced study in counselling psychology.
It is designed for:
- graduates who have little or no professional experience but wish to extend their knowledge of counselling psychology skills and theory prior to undertaking more advanced training
- healthcare professionals, teachers, social workers, and managers
- others who wish to enhance their interpersonal and counselling skills and apply them within their professional practice.
Scholarship opportunities will be available for UK/EU and international students looking to study postgraduate courses in the School of Arts & Social Sciences starting in September 2015.
You are usually required to have an honours degree for entry onto this course. Relevant experience or a recognised professional qualification is preferable, but not a necessity.
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence of having either English Language GCSE grade C or above, or an IELTS test score of 6.5 or above (with a minimum of 6.0 in each separate sub-test).
Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.
If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.
The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:
- Students on courses of more than 6 months
- Students on courses of less than 6 months
- Students on a pre-sessional English Language course
Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.
For more information see our main Visa page.
- Start Date:
- September 2015
- This course is part-time, one day a week for one academic year.
The Graduate Certificate in Counselling Psychology gives you the opportunity to learn about the interpersonal and therapeutic skills which are the foundation of the counselling process.
It also provides a range of theoretical frameworks, linking psychological theory and counselling technique, and acts as a template for model-based counselling practice.
The course is designed for psychology graduates, healthcare professionals, teachers, social workers, managers and others who wish to develop their interpersonal and counselling skills and improve the application of these within their professional practice.
It is not a professional training programme and is not intended to train you to be an independent counselling practitioner.It is, however, an excellent foundation if you want to extend your knowledge and experience of counselling prior to undertaking more advanced training in counselling psychology or a related discipline.
If you wish to undertake professional training in counselling psychology, leading to chartership with the British Psychological Society (BPS) please see our Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology.
This course runs on one day a week (Wednesday) for one academic year. It consists of six modules, four of which are taught modules. (The other two are a project and personal and professional development.) You take two of the taught modules in the first term, and the other two in the second term. You are expected to use those weeks where no teaching takes place for practical experience, seminars, tutorials and project work.
- Counselling across the lifespan
- Counselling skills
- Personal and professional development
- Theoretical models in counselling psychology
- Understanding mental health
Read the full 2014 programme specification.
Teaching and Assessment
You will learn through a variety of methods, including lectures, role playing and small group projects.
To be awarded the Graduate Certificate qualification, you must successfully complete one piece of coursework for each of the six modules. These include written assignments, a reflective diary, project work and class-based role-plays and presentations.
Read the full 2014 programme specification.
- Part-time EU: £3,500 per year
- Part-time Non EU: £6,500 per year (part-time option only available to those who do not require a student visa)
For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.
- Scholarship opportunities will be available for UK/EU and international students looking to study postgraduate courses in the School of Arts & Social Sciences starting in September 2015.
Graduates of the course are typically employed in a variety of settings, including NHS primary, secondary or tertiary care, the prison service, schools and voluntary agencies.
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When to apply
There is no fixed application deadline. Applications will close when the course is full, so you are encouraged to apply early.
The application process
All complete applications will be considered. You will usually be informed within two to three weeks if your application has been successful or not.
There are no interviews for this course, assessment is solely based on the application form. (See below for apply-online link.)
Please note that two references are required. (Download reference form)
At least one reference for recent graduates must be academic; other references could include a current employer. References must be provided either on the reference form provided with an institution stamp, or on headed paper.
If you require an application form (PDF) please contact Andrew Boateng:
T: +44(0)20 7040 8753