Advanced Counselling Skills GradCert

Advanced Counselling Skills GradCert
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

Award Type:




Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

Part-time: one year


School of Community Health and Midwifery

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:


Entry Requirements:

Introduction to Counselling Course

Successful study at Level 6 or equivalent.

Course Handbook

To read about the course in more depth, please download the course handbook: 2019/20 | 2020/21.

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Course Content

Course Outline:
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 four 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. 

Academic Expertise

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.

Industry links & professional accreditation

We have close links with the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) 

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.

Graduate Careers

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

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

Please apply via our Online Application System.

About UCLan

Course Enquiries

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

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