Gestalt Counselling (Top-up), University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth the United Kingdom

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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
1 Years

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How you will study

Course starts
September, March

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About Gestalt Counselling (Top-up) at University of Portsmouth


If you have a DipHE in counselling (or an equivalent Level 5 counselling qualification), you can top it up to a Bachelor's degree on this 1-year course.

Gestalt counselling (from the German for 'whole' or 'pattern') is a holistic, humanistic approach to helping individuals understand themselves, their motivations and their surroundings as a whole. Gestalt practitioners help people to find new perspectives to problems to bring about positive changes in their lives.

You'll learn the latest trends and developments in Gestalt counselling theory and apply them to your practice, with professional development support in the form of workshops, supervision and networking. You'll also complete a research project on a topic that matches your interests and ambitions.

If you're in employment, this course can fit around your working week, with timetabled teaching taking place 1 day a week, workshops on 6 Saturdays throughout the course, and occasional events in the evenings and at weekends.

After the course, you could work as a gestalt counsellor in areas such as education, the police service, the prison service or the voluntary sector. The advanced skills and experience you gain will allow you to work with a wider variety of clients with more complex needs.

Alternative courses

You can specialise in other types of counselling and therapy on our BSc (Hons) Humanistic Counselling and BSc (Hons) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy top-up degrees.


This course takes place at Eastleigh College. While studying at Eastleigh College, you can access the University's student support services and community, including study support, the Students’ Union and our library's online resources.

Course Highlights

  • Learn advanced gestalt counselling skills, building on the knowledge you developed during your DipHE
  • Develop your research skills by undertaking an in-depth research project that matches your interests and career ambitions
  • Apply your knowledge and skills with at least 100 hours of supervised counselling on a placement in the community
  • Learn from experienced, industry-trained staff who've worked in organisations or run their own private practices
  • Study at Eastleigh College with access to support and services at the University of Portsmouth
  • Apply for student membership of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and get access to member resources including journal subscriptions, free courses and job boards while you study

Supervised counselling placement

You'll complete 100 hours on a supervised counselling placement. You'll enter into a written contract with the placement provider and Eastleigh College. Assessment of your practical skills as a counsellor will be by case study and portfolio.

Recent students have taken placements at CRUSE Bereavement Care, Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling (PARCS), Yellow Door (counselling for sexual and domestic abuse victims) and other counselling services.

We'll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You'll get mentoring and support throughout, including regular supervision and skills clinics every other week.

All placements provided are evaluated to ensure the setting provides a suitable learning environment for you.

Careers and opportunities

Increased awareness in society about mental health has increased the demand for counselling and therapy services.

As a gestalt counsellor, you can have a significant positive impact on people's health and wellbeing, and help take the pressure off other health services such as GPs and hospitals.

Public, private and charity sector settings you could work in after the course include:

  • Education
  • Alcohol and drug services
  • Eating disorder services
  • Mental health services
  • GPs
  • Police and prison services

When you complete the course successfully, you can sit the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Certificate of Proficiency to become a registered member of the BACP.

Study options for this course

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Entry requirements

DipHE Level 5 qualification in Counselling from the following pathways with proof of completing 80 hours work placement in a counselling environment : Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Gestalt Counselling Humanistic Counselling All applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting the course.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Don't meet the entry requirements?

Consider a Foundation or Pathway course at University of Portsmouth to prepare for your chosen course:

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