Diploma in Professional Studies
About this course
Page last updated 25 January 2017
This course provides a professional training in counselling. It is designed to promote the development of knowledge, skills and self-awareness, not in isolation from one another but in their inter-related meanings for the whole person. There is therefore an emphasis on the integration of experience, understanding and behaviour throughout the course.
There is also emphasis on the importance of an awareness of counselling as a process of social interaction occurring within the context of organisations and broader social relationships, processes and structures.
Students are expected to have:
- A Certificate in Counselling/Counselling skills completed in the last 5 years.
- Evidence of ability to study.
- Some experience of self-exploration, and a willingness to work on personal material as a client during the course.
- Involvement in counselling in a paid or voluntary setting, which will provide a minimum of 40 hours of counselling practice in Year 1 and 80 hours in Year 2.
- A commitment to engage in personal counselling or therapy for the period of the course. The cost for this is not included in the fees.
- Disclosure of Criminal Background - the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 does not apply and all convictions, including those which are spent, must be disclosed. This is in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. Applicants who are offered a place must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and will be required to complete a Disclosure Application Form. All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.
Please be aware that deferred entry for this course is not permitted.
Please note the application deadline for this course is the end of March.
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A typical day in Year 1 includes input, experience and discussion around counselling theory and practice; counselling skills practice and supervision; personal development groups; relevant ideas from psychology and sociology; and opportunities to develop support groups and self-directed activities. You will be expected to undertake a minimum of 40 hours' counselling practice in Year 1.
In Year 2, the focus on counselling theory and practice is supplemented by regular supervision of casework. You will have the opportunity to investigate group and organisational processes and to develop skills of intervention. There is also project work supported by individual tutorials. You will be expected to undertake a minimum of 80 hours' counselling practice in Year 2. All students will receive personal weekly counselling for the duration of the course.
Students attend one day a week, with one week long teaching block towards the beginning of the second year.
Assessment is continuous, including elements of self, peer and tutor-assessment.
How to apply
Follow the link below to begin your online application:
For further guidance on the admissions process, please email Admissions@uwe.ac.uk to request this information.
Your personal statement should consist of a 500 word statement entitled 'Why I want to train as a professional counsellor', explaining why you wish to follow the course, and any supporting information about yourself.
You should also ensure you provide the names of two referees who know you well. One reference should be a tutor from your Certificate course.
Applications that do not provide the above information may be unsuccessful, prior to interview, for this reason.
Short-listed applicants will be invited for a group session with other candidates, followed by an individual interview with members of the course team.
For further information
- Email: Admissions@uwe.ac.uk
- Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 83333