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Certificate in Advanced Counselling Studies

For 2019 start

Cornwall College Rosewarne LEVEL: 4 Social Care & Health

This programme is intended for people who have completed an introductory counselling course and are already using counselling skills in their professional or voluntary work; particularly in a helping, caring, healthcare, social care or
educational capacity.

You will develop your counselling skills within a person-centred framework. The Personal Development module will provide a structure for developing awareness of yourself and how you relate to others. The Counselling Contexts module will develop your analytical and evaluative skills. You will work in a supportive and stimulating group with tutors who subscribe to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

You will be introduced to, and encouraged to practise and develop, a range of counselling skills and be required to consider various psychological and sociological explanations of what it means to be a person in a social world and to begin to consider how they might apply to counselling practice.

The Professional Development module requires you to consider the role of professional support, your current professional competence and future professional development, by the application of course-based learning to your current professional or voluntary setting and prepare for further professional development including counselling training.

You will also focus on the sources and values of counselling ethics and on the principles which inform the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy of the BACP. This encourages ethical mindfulness through exploring the tensions and fit between personal values, the BACP Ethical Framework and student agency or organisational practice guidelines.

Assessment is through coursework, and we use a self, peer and tutor assessment process.


Possible Progression (subject to availability) 

– Diploma in Person-centred Counselling & Therapy at Duchy Rosewarne


Possible Careers 

– Counsellor (after further study)
– Therapist (after further study)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: B942
  • Institution codes: CORN C78
  • Awarded by: University of Plymouth
Entry Requirements

48 UCAS points (32 from A2 Level). Must be over 19 with experience of using counselling skills, as well as the satisfaction of the interviewing tutor of your aptitude for this level of study.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver Award


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Course Documents

Certificate in Advanced Counselling Studies Handbook (2017-18)


Indicative Module Year 1


  • Personal Development
  • Counselling Theory & Practice
  • Professional Development
  • Study Skills
  • Counselling Contexts
  • Ethical Issues in Counselling

*Modules are subject to change and availability



Certificate in Advanced Counselling Studies

Start Date





1 year full-time

Certificate in Advanced Counselling Studies

Start Date





2 years part-time

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.

Careers advice available

If you are considering an undergraduate programme with us, you may wish to access our free Careers and Employability advice service. This gives you the opportunity to talk with an advisor about career options before, during and after your study with us. To make an appointment, please e-mail: H.E.Advice@cornwall.ac.uk

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