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Humanistic Gestalt Counselling - Cohort 1 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


Do you want to learn how to help people change something in their lives by helping them explore their issues and feelings in a safe and confidential environment?

On this Humanistic Gestalt Counselling DipHE at Eastleigh College, you'll conduct 100-hours of supervised counselling, and develop your talking therapy skills and techniques in the classroom. You'll learn how to build relationships of mutual trust and respect to create a safe space for clients and facilitate their growth and change.

By the end of your diploma, you'll be prepared for a career in a counselling role. You'll also have a foundation to apply for accreditation from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

What you'll experience

On this counselling diploma course you'll:

  • Learn from experienced, industry-trained staff who've worked in organisations or run their own private practices
  • Develop your knowledge of counselling theory and skills, with a focus on gestalt theory and techniques
  • 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
  • Use the theory and skills you learn in work-based practice on a supervised counselling placement
  • Take part in personal therapy to further develop your learning and awareness in the counselling process
  • Undertake personal research into specific areas of interest to you
  • Study at Eastleigh College

Careers and opportunities

This gestalt counselling course gives you the opportunity to develop as a counselling professional. Graduating with a DipHE in Humanistic Gestalt Counselling puts you in the position to further your professional qualifications or take up work in a counselling position.

What can you do with a diploma in Humanistic Gestalt Counselling?

After the course, areas you could go into include:

  • the health sector
  • education
  • the voluntary sector
  • private practice
  • the police
  • the prison service

You can also use your Humanistic Gestalt Counselling DipHE to get entry to higher-level professional qualifications such as:

  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency – passing this makes you a registered members of the BACP (MBACP)
  • BACP Accreditation – a professional counsellor qualification that requires another 350 hours of supervised practice

You can apply for accreditation from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) provided you meet their requirements including total client hours, supervision on placement, and sufficient records of continuing professional development (CPD).

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 17,600per 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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GCSE/National 4/National 5 :

GCSE English at grade C or above and Mathematics at grade D or above, or equivalent./GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 or above, or equivalent.


University information

University of Portsmouth

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  • Campus address

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

Around 4,000 of the university’s 25,000 students come from 150 countries around the world, and the Global Community networking scheme helps them to meet.
The University of Portsmouth Global team is dedicated to supporting international students from enquiry, through application and arrival, to graduation.
International students can get specialist advice on matters including visas and immigration, settling in to the UK and adjusting to a new culture.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    30th out of 118 1

    23rd out of 83 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 216
    122 57%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    79 79%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.09 82%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 177
    129 74%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    88 88%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.14 83%



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