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Diploma in Person-centred Counselling & Therapy

For 2020 start

Cornwall College Camborne LEVEL: 5 Social Care & Health

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) and successful completion means you can practice independently as a qualified counsellor. For September 2020 intake, attendance is required 1 day a week, term time only for 2 years (Thursdays 9.30am to 4.30pm)

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 through placements with counselling agencies across Cornwall. We have strong links with placement providers and can support this process. You will need to keep accurate records of your client work, and if the placement does not provide supervision, you will need to engage a counselling supervisor to support your client work. Again we can offer you guidance with this.

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.

Additional expenses (current sums, subject to change) to budget for throughout the programme are:

  • personal therapy – approximately £25-£35 per hour
  • supervision – if not paid for or supplied by your placement, approximately £30-£60 per 1.5 hours for monthly individual supervision; approximately £20 per hour for group supervision.
  • enhanced DBS Certificate (DBS means Disclosure and Barring Service, previously known as the Enhanced CRB) – £44. Students will need to meet the cost of their own DBS.
  • personal insurance – approximately £25 – £90 per year; discounts available from some insurers for BACP members; monthly payment options usually available.
  • we recommend you that you undertake a professional membership of the BACP – £70 per year, or £35 at reduced rate for people who are not in paid employment

There are no exams on the course. Assessment is through coursework and we use a self, peer and tutor assessment model. We only provide the programme on a part time basis to provide the time needed for completion of the academic and practical components of the course.

Possible Progression (subject to approval) 

– BA (Hons) Counselling Studies two years part-time at Cornwall College Camborne

Possible Careers 

– Counsellor
– Counselling Lecturer
– Community Worker
– Youth Counsellor

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: Apply direct to the College
  • Institution codes: CORN C78
  • Awarded by: University of Plymouth
  • Fees: Fees Explained
Entry Requirements
  • A qualification in counselling (which includes practical experience of using counselling skills) which carries 120 HE credit


  • A Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills - NCFE (also available at Cornwall College, please see details on our website) PLUS a qualification in any subject which carries 120 HE credits. The Level 2 is required in addition to higher qualifications as all candidates need to evidence a level of competency using counselling skills prior to acceptance on this professional training course to ensure that this training is the right path for you.

Please note that Further Education qualifications do not carry Higher Education credits, therefore CPCAB qualifications at any level will need to be supported by a further qualification which carries 120 HE credits (Please see the Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Counselling which carries 120 HE credits on the Cornwall College website)


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Course Documents

Diploma in Person Centred Counselling and Therapy Handbook (2019-20)
Diploma in Person Centred Counselling and Therapy Module Appendix Handbook (2019-20)


Indicative Module Year 1

  • Counselling Practice 1
  • Counselling Psychology 1
  • Personal & Professional Development 1

Indicative Module Year 2

  • Counselling Practice 2
  • Personal & Professional Development 2
  • Counselling Psychology 2

*Modules are subject to change and availability



Diploma in Person-centred Counselling & Therapy

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. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.

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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