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What will I learn?

This programme provides opportunities for students to develop their knowledge and skills as a counsellor, and is especially suited to those considering a career as a practising counsellor. Counselling is a talking therapy with two major strands: firstly, helping people cope with emotional and relational difficulties and, secondly, facilitating personal growth.

In the first term of the programme, and informed by the reflective scientist-practitioner model, students are introduced to counselling theory and ethics, and are taught and practice counselling skills. Due to the course leading to a professional qualification in counselling, much of the learning is experiential where students can develop their counselling skills as well as how to apply theory to their work.

The primary theoretical and philosophical approach the programme teaches in the person-centred approach with an emphasis upon the importance of intersubjectivity and the therapeutic relationship. In the second term students can gain practical experience as trainee counsellors, learn about relevant clinical research paradigms, and are introduced to methods for reliably assessing a client’s response to counselling, including the use of measurement tools such as questionnaires.

Following completion of the PG Diploma Counselling, students can apply for individual registration with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) pending completion of professional practice hours.

Career Opportunities

Following successful completion of the PG Diploma, students can apply for individual registration with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) pending completion of professional practice hours.

Which department am I in?

School of Psychology

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
£16,000.00 (16,51,973) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

4 October 2021

Venue

University of Lincoln

Brayford Pool,

Lincoln,

Lincolnshire,

LN6 7TS, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Entry requirements for postgraduate (master degree) programmes vary by course although applicants must successfully complete a US Bachelor degree from a recognised institution with a minimum GPA of 2.8 (some courses may require a GPA of 3.2). Some of our postgraduate programmes, the major / content of your undergraduate degree will be taken into consideration. Students need to have an IELTS score of 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in each band score). Some courses require a higher IELTS score.

For international students

Students need to have First or upper second class honours degree. All offers made to those still completing a BA/BSc are contingent upon applicants meeting these requirements; Candidates are required to have experience of working in a helping and caring role in either a paid or voluntary capacity. This experience should demonstrate the candidate’s ability to support individuals in distress and also engage in listening and communication skills. Evidence must be provided of previous counselling skills practice, including one of the following: Level 2 or 3 counselling certificate; Successful completion of a higher education module that includes a core element of assessed counselling skills practice; A written reference from an employer or tutor that demonstrates you application, proficiency and use of interpersonal and listening skills in a counselling context; Equivalent; Students need to have an IELTS 6.0 overall; Reading: minimum 5.5; Listening: minimum 5.5; Speaking: minimum 5.5 and Writing: minimum 5.5.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About University of Lincoln

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