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    1. 2016
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Graduate Certificate in Counselling Psychology

Graduate Certificate |
Gain insight into the therapeutic experience and progress to further study with City’s Graduate Certificate in Counselling Psychology.

Key Information

Start date

September 2016

Duration

Part-time: one year

This course is part time, one day a week for one academic year.

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UK/EU

Part-time: £3,750 per year

Non-EU

Part-time: £6,750 per year

Who is it for?

The Graduate Certificate in Counselling Psychology is for students who are planning to go on and do further graduate work, whether through a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology or a related profession.

The course is for students who have an undergraduate degree, but you do not have to have a first degree in psychology. Some students use the programme as a bridge towards further study in counselling psychology, while others apply their knowledge and skills from the course within the counselling or psychotherapy profession.

As well as fulfilling the academic side of the programme, you need to be willing to investigate yourself and be open to exploring personal and interpersonal dynamics. This is a course for those with a willingness to expose their vulnerabilities and explore their own and others’ inner worlds.

Objectives

The Graduate Certificate in Counselling Psychology has been designed to give you an excellent foundation for further advanced study in counselling psychology or related areas. A one-year part-time course, the programme blends theory and practice so you gain a rigorous academic base in counselling and psychology, as well as a significant and varied practical component.

Emphasising the connection between psychological theory and counselling, this programme is not just about understanding knowledge – it is about understanding how to apply what you have learned to ensure that your practice promotes psychological development.

On our Graduate Certificate programme, we focus on the therapeutic relationship between the therapist and the client and concentrate on the personal subjective experience of the whole person. This makes the emphasis of our approach holistic rather than diagnostic, in keeping with the ethos of counselling psychology.

You will investigate person-centred, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural theories and use a range of practical modes from client case studies and interviews to personal diaries and role-play exercises.

Here are some of the questions the course poses:

  • How can I connect psychological theory with practice in a way that can lead to psychological growth?
  • How can I create a meaningful connection?
  • What do I need to understand about my own psychology to be able to help others?
  • How has my experience on this course influenced my own personal and professional development?

Accreditation

This is not a professional training programme and is not intended to train you to be an independent practitioner. If you wish to undertake professional training in counselling psychology, leading to registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and chartered membership with the British Psychological Society (BPS) please see our Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

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.

English requirements

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.

Visa requirements

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 six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

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.

Please note that two references are required. (Download reference form)

We recommend applying through the online link above but you may complete a PDF application instead.

Download the PDF application 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 have an questions about the application process, please contact Andrew Boateng:

T: +44 (0)20 7040 8753
E: counsellingpsych@city.ac.uk

1st
University in the UK to provide accredited counselling psychology training
Practising clinicians
teach the programme so you learn from professionals with significant experience within the field.

Funding

Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

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Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

Scholarships

  • 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 2016.

Bursaries

From Susan Strauss

In this film Dr Susan Strauss introduces the Graduate Certificate in Counselling Psychology.

Academic facilities

As part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card

Learn a language for free

We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.

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Teaching and learning

You will learn through a variety of methods, including lectures, role playing and small group projects.

Dr Sara Chaudry is the course director of the Graduate Certificate in Counselling Psychology Programme. Sara is also tutor and lecturer on the Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. She has a broad range of clinical experience from working with diverse client groups, and currently works in private practice.

Assessment

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.

Modules

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 registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and chartered membership with the British Psychological Society (BPS) please see our Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology.

Core modules

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.

Core modules:

  • (PS3503): Counselling across the lifespan (15 credits)
  • (PS3502): Counselling skills (15 credits)
  • (PS3504): Theoretical models in counselling psychology (15 credits)
  • (PS3501): Understanding mental health (15 credits)

Independent Project

  • (PS3505) Project for GCCP (15 credits)
  • (PS3506): Personal and professional development (15 credits)

Career prospects

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.

84.3% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15


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.

Please note that two references are required. (Download reference form)

We recommend applying through the online link above but you may complete a PDF application instead.

Download the PDF application 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 have an questions about the application process, please contact Andrew Boateng:

T: +44 (0)20 7040 8753
E: counsellingpsych@city.ac.uk

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