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Diploma in Person-centred Counselling & Therapy

For 2017 start

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This programme is ideal if you wish to become a professional counsellor, or if your job role contains a significant element of counselling. It has been accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
The programme contains an in-depth module on personal development, as well as counselling practice, professional development and counselling psychology modules.
You will start to work with clients as a counsellor, practise and develop your counselling skills, develop your understanding of the counselling process and expand your ability to be in a professional relationship with your client. You will do this within a person-centred framework and in the second year you will visit other counselling models.

You will be required to carry out 100 hours of counselling work with clients (i.e. in addition to counselling practice with peers) over the duration of the programme. You will need to keep accurate records of your client work, together with your supervision.
It would be inconsistent with a person-centred model for you to have no experience of personal counselling as a client, so it is highly recommended that you undertake personal counselling while you are on the course.

There are no exams on the course. Assessment is through coursework and we use a self, peer and tutor assessment model.

Students will  have use of  counselling rooms for practice and have DVD cameras readily available.

Possible careers available with this qualification:

  • Counsellor
  • Counselling Lecturer
  • Community Worker
  • Youth Counsellor

Module descriptions
<Year 1
Personal and Professional Development (20 credits)

Self-awareness is seen as fundamental to the person-centred model. This module provides a framework for regular and systematic opportunities for self-awareness work. You will be expected to identify and analyse your own process, examine your conditions of worth and develop your feedback skills,  this  module also helps to prepare you for working with clients. You will be introduced to supervision and the Ethical Framework  and supported in developing as a safe practitioner, in line with BACP recommendations.

Counselling Practice (20 credits)

This module aims to assist you in developing competence as a person centred counsellor, to a level where you are able to work with clients.  The emphasis is on the core conditions, the communication of these conditions and your ability to reflect and evaluate your practice.

Counselling Psychology  (20 credits)

This module aims to assist you in developing competence as a person-centred counsellor to a level where you are able to work with clients. The emphasis is on the core conditions, the communication of these conditions and your ability to reflect on and evaluate your practice.  This module explores person-centred theory in depth, within a framework of current psychological thinking. In common with the personal development modules, this module helps to prepare you for working with clients.


Year 2

Personal and Professional Development (20 credits)

This module continues to provide an experimental framework for group process and interpersonal communication.  You will be expected to further explore your belief and values systems, and examine the way in which social, cultural and gender influences have shaped your identity.  The professional aspect will include regular supervision groups and evaluation of the issues clients bring to counselling, to help you develop as a competent and ethical practitioner.

Counselling Practice (20 credits)

This module focuses on broadening your range of skills and capacity to work at relational depth, linking person centred theory with your practice.


Counselling Psychology (20 credits)

This module provides opportunities to examine other counselling models, evaluating commonality and difference between them and core model.  You will be expected to clearly articulate your own approach by the end of this module.

The application process for full-time and part-time degree level courses with The Cornwall College Group starting in September 2017 is still open and we are taking applications.  Full-time applicants should apply via UCAS and part-time applicants directly via the College website.

Key Facts

  • Awarded by: Cornwall College & Plymouth University
  • Course Fee (per annum): £3750
Entry Requirements

A minimum of 19 years of age with a level 2 certificate in counselling skills (min 75 hours - not distance learning) qualification.  You will also hold academic qualifications to at least A-level or satisfy the interviewing tutors that you have appropriate aptitude for academic study at this level.

Previous learning and experience may be credited. If in doubt, call 0845 22 32 567 or email enquiries@cornwall.ac.uk.

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Indicative Module Year 1

- Counselling Practice 1

- Counselling Psychology 1

- Personal & Professional Development 1

Indicative Module Year 2

- Counselling Practice 2

- Counselling Practice 3

- Personal Development 3

- Counselling Psychology 3

- Professional Development 2

*Modules are subject to change and availability


Social Care & Health
Social Care & Health


Diploma in Person-centred Counselling & Therapy

Start Date





2 years part-time

Extra Information

Annual tuition fee is £3750

*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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