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Humanistic Counselling Diploma of Higher Education

University of Portsmouth

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  • Qualification

    Diploma of Higher Education - DipHE

  • Location

    Eastleigh College

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    2 Years

Course summary


If you have a background in counselling or psychology and want to gain the practical knowledge and interpersonal skills you need to pursue a career as a humanistic therapist, this Humanistic Counselling DipHE is ideal.

Humanistic therapy focuses on the whole person. Humanistic counselling encourages people to think about their feelings and take responsibility for their actions. It focuses on helping them reach their potential rather than highlighting their problems.

In year 1, you'll develop foundational counselling skills and explore all the counselling approaches available to practitioners, including gestalt counselling and cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT).

In your second year, you'll focus on developing the practical skills you need as a humanistic counsellor, putting what you learn into practice by conducting 100 hours of supervised counselling. You'll also learn about mental health issues and develop skills you need to work with different types of clients.

When you complete the course, you could top up your diploma to a Bachelor's degree. You could also work as a humanistic counsellor in areas such as education, the police service, the prison service and the voluntary sector.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Learn from experienced, industry-trained staff who've worked in organisations or run their own private practices
  • Study modules that give you a strong foundation for your studies and future career, covering topics including counselling skills, ethics, counselling theory and professional skills and development
  • Focus on developing specialist humanistic counselling skills and knowledge in year 2
  • Apply your knowledge and skills with at least 100 hours of supervised counselling on a placement in the community
  • Build a foundation to help work towards a further professional accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) following completion of the course
  • Learn research skills, which you can apply in your career and in degree-level study after the course
  • Develop transferable skills you can apply in all aspects of your life and career in areas such as problem solving, communication, group working, planning, effective feedback and IT
  • Study at Eastleigh College with access to University of Portsmouth support and services
  • Apply for membership of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and get access to member resources including journal subscriptions, free courses and job boards

Careers and opportunities

Humanistic counselling can help people deal with difficulties including anxiety, depression, stress, self-confidence issues, bereavement, relationship difficulties or family problems.

Increased awareness in society about mental health and events such as the coronavirus pandemic have increased the demand for counselling and therapy services. As a 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

You could also top-up your diploma to a Bachelor's degree on our BSc (Hons) Humanistic Counselling top-up course.

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.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 16,400per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

Entry requirements

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A level :

Level 3 Counselling skills qualification, English GCSE or equivalent at C and a maths GCSE or equivalent at D, however we welcome applications from A level students with A levels in Psychology, Psychotherapy or Sociology (112 UCAS points).


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University of Portsmouth

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    University of Portsmouth, University House, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, Portsmouth, PO1 2UP, England

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    38th out of 79 15

  • Entry standards

    / Max 177
    125 73%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    95.0 95%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.49 70%



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