Counselling Studies and Skills (NOT a Licence to Practice) (University Diploma)

the United Kingdom

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The award
University Diploma

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
GBP 2370 per total

How you will study
online

Course starts
January, May, September

International course fees
GBP 2370 per total

All study options

About Counselling Studies and Skills (NOT a Licence to Practice) at University of Derby Online Learning

This online Counselling Studies and Skills university diploma course is a one year introduction to counselling and is an ideal starting point if you are interested in becoming a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist. It’s the first step towards becoming an accredited counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or just a perfect entry level course to help you understand more about this subject.

This qualification alone will not give you a licence to practice but may help you decide if counselling is a career you wish to pursue. You may be able to continue your studies at Derby with our BACP accredited MSc Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy course, providing you meet the necessary entry requirements.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardUniversity DiplomaHow you will studyOnlineHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsJanuary, May, SeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 2370 per totalInternational course feesGBP 2370 per total

Entry requirements

Inline with the University’s value of extending opportunities the University Diploma in Counselling Studies and Skills is 'open', with few entry requirements.

You may be able to gain entry to the programme if you meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate an interest in studying counselling
  • Supply appropriate references
  • Demonstrate motivation to succeed
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Have the required communication and learning skills
  • If you are studying full-time at an institution, you must get written permission from its Principal.

You will normally need one of the following English Language qualifications:

  • GCE O level English Language: Grade C
  • GCSE English: Grade C

If English is not your first language you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:

  • IELTS 6.0*
  • TOEFL 550 (paper based) 213 (computer based) or 80 (internet based)
  • Pearson Test of Academic English: 51
  • Cambridge Advanced Certificate: Pass
  • London Tests of English: we accept level 5 for postgraduate courses
  • International GCE O Level English Language: Grade C
  • International GCSE English/English as a Second Language: Grade C.*

Other English Language qualifications may be accepted and you should provide full details of these with your application.

*If you have a minimum of IELTS level 4.5 you can study our Certificate of Credit in English for Academic Purposes which we will accept as evidence that you are able to perform at a suitable level of IELTS 6.0. We will also accept the Certificate of Credit as evidence that you can perform at GCSE level.

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