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PgD Counselling and Psychotherapy

University of Cumbria

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Course options

  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Diploma

  • Location

    Lancaster Campus

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date

    SEP-21

  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

Course overview

Interested in listening to and supporting people? Does the world of the psyche intrigue you? You can make an immense impact on the lives of others by becoming a counsellor or psychotherapist.

Our PgD in Counselling and Psychotherapy course adheres to the training requirements of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and is designed to challenge you personally and professionally.

You will combine your caring character with the academic knowledge and practical skills you need to competently and compassionately help people explore their difficulties, express their feelings and work towards deeper self-awareness and understanding.

On graduation, you will be eligible to apply for individual membership of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and may also apply for registration, subject to passing the BACP Certificate of Proficiency.

Course summary

We on adults, you will also be introduced to working with couples, children and families. Emphasis is placed on developing research skills and your understanding of evidence-based practice.

This course runs one day a week in Lancaster. During the course you will need to do 100 supervised counselling practice hours. You will be expected to make arrangements for your own placement, but will be offered support from the counselling team. We maintain a database of counselling placement opportunities.

We make use of many assessment types which may include live peer/client session recordings and evaluations, portfolio, essay, oral presentation, poster presentation, chapter/article critique and dissertation. In the first semester you will attend a weekend residential which focuses on your personal and professional development, and you will also be expected to have 10 hours of your own personal therapy.

Graduate destinations

Your qualification will help gain work in a variety of settings including schools, the NHS and voluntary agencies. The skills you learn will be useful in a wide variety of work outside of therapy, with the research techniques you gain preparing you for a higher level course (e.g. PhD) should you be interested.

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 8,533overall cost

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

University information

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University of Cumbria

  • University League Table

    100th

  • Campus address

    University of Cumbria, Registered Office, Fusehill Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 2HH, England

Distinct and pioneering, the University of Cumbria’s heritage dates from 1820. Its campuses include two in a World Heritage Site, the idyllic Lake District.
An international scholarship scheme offers a range of awards to all eligible students. The university also offers a £1,000 early payment discount.
For the 2021/22 transition year, all eligible EU, EEA or Swiss students will receive a Fee Discount Scholarship to bring fees in line with UK/home fees.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    96th out of 118 9

    55th out of 79 21

  • Entry standards

    / Max 216
    118 57%

    59th

    3
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    n/a

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.32 86%

    6th

    2
  • Entry standards

    / Max 177
    123 72%

    40th

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    90.0 90%

    26th

    54
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.91 78%

    52nd

    10

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