What opportunities will this course give me?
The DipHE is a two-year course at HE level 4 and 5, which could be a stepping-stone to completing a full BA (Hons) in Counselling thereafter.
What will I be learning?
The course is studied over a period of two years and those who complete the required modules will gain the DipHE Counselling. This will enable students to either apply for work within a counselling organisation or independently as a qualified counsellor. The core theoretical perspective is Humanistic Gestalt and students will study the following modules over the course of the 2 years:
- Professional Issues for the Developing Counsellor
- Counselling Skills (Development and Practice)
- Development of Counselling Theory
- Gestalt Theory and Practice (Double Module)
- Personal Development
- Exploring the Human Development Process
- Client Work
- Skills Clinic (double module)
- Research into Counselling
- Mental Health Issues
- Specific Client Groups
Students must attend a minimum of 85% of sessions. Students must also find a counselling placement as 100 hours of counselling practice is needed to complete the qualification. The college has a workplace co-ordination that may assist with this. They will be individually assessed as to their readiness to start counting their counselling hours from the second semester onwards. 30 hours of personal therapy over the 2 years is a requirement.
Assessment is continuous, being internally assessed by the teaching staff and externally examined by the Awarding Body. A variety of methods of assessment are incorporated into the course, as appropriate to both theoretical and practical situations i.e. Essays, reflective learning journals, observed role-play, group and individual presentations, counselling session transcripts, case studies etc. All criteria must be successfully met in order to complete the module. All modules must be completed to achieve the qualification. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and monitor and evaluate their own work and personal development.
Students are engaged in personal and professional development connected to counselling training and may acquire other transferable skills i.e. Improved communication skills, problem solving, planning and scheduling, group working, research, essay and report writing and giving presentations. The qualification has been developed using British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) guidelines for counselling training programmes and the QAA subject benchmark statements. The knowledge and skills learned at this level will enable students to enhance their communication skills at work and embark on a career as a professional counsellor, working towards personal accreditation.
The course will involve additional costs (e.g. personal therapy and BACP membership fees).
The reasonable cost of therapy is between £30-£60 per hour, but it can cost even more (it depends of the therapist and the level of experience and qualifications).
Student membership for BACP is valid for one year and need to be renewed in year two. The cost is £82 per year, subject to change.
For those placements without insurance students would be advised to seek alternative provision, unless they wish to pay for the insurance cover (approx. £80 to £100).
Why is this course for me?
The teaching style will be a mixture of didactic and facilitative methods with an emphasis on experiential and student-centred learning. Students will be encouraged to link and integrate the three strands of theory, skills and personal development. They will be engaged in both individual and group activities as well as small research and discussion groups.
What do I need to sign up?
ABC Level 3 certificate or diploma in counselling. - GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade C or above or equivalent; GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade 4 or above or equivalent. - English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5. - Non-standard applications that do not meet the specific admissions criteria may be subject to interview. All students are to complete a DBS check; the cost is included in the course fee.
Is there anything else I need to know?
This course is validated by University of Portsmouth and is aimed at those who use counselling skills in their employment, in voluntary work or would like to begin a career in counselling. Students are likely to come from 'helping' backgrounds, including health and nursing, social work and associated areas, civil service and other government agencies, support projects, the private sector and voluntary services.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FEES BELOW ARE FOR YEAR ONE ONLY. YOU WILL NEED TO REAPPLY FOR YEAR TWO AND THERE WILL BE FURTHER FEES TO PAY.
University of Portsmouth course code: C2941
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