If you’ve completed an introductory counselling course, or are already using counselling skills in your professional or voluntary work in the helping, caring, healthcare, social care or educational capacities, then this part-time graduate certificate is for you. Delivered by our award-winning counselling team and enhanced by our close links with the BACP, this qualification will enable you fuller access to professional counselling and psychotherapy training at UCLan.
Entry and Admissions
Part-time: one year
School of Community Health and Midwifery
No Partner College
Introduction to Counselling Course
Successful study at Level 6 or equivalent.
To read about the course in more depth, please download the course handbook: 2017/18.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
Delivered by our award-winning counselling team, we offer a full range of counselling courses delivered by our experienced lecturers, who are all practicing therapists. We have close links with BACP and this Graduate Certificate can be used to enhance your employability, especially if you work in a relational / people skills context (eg Social Work, Health settings, Human Resources, Education etc).
The course modules include an introduction to some important theoretical and ideas and research from around the world, such as Counselling Theories, Personal Development, and Counselling Skills.
You’ll study one evening a week and two weekend workshops. Support is via electronic resources / e-learn in all modules. You’ll train in a dedicated counselling suite with access to recording equipment.
The qualification will enable fuller access to professional counselling and psychotherapy training at UCLan.
Learning Environment & Assessment:
Dedicated counselling suite and access to recording equipment.
Two essays and a DVD recording.
All of the lecturers are experienced counsellors/psychotherapists.
Learning outcome & aims
We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work.
Work experience and international opportunities
At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.
The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.
UCLan is recognised for its outstanding course provision which gives students the skills, knowledge, and personal attributes necessary to succeed at the University and in their future careers. To find out more about the experiences of our students, read our success stories.
Fees & Funding
You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE
£880 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.
How to Apply