Higher Education

Therapeutic Counselling EDEXCEL Level 5 Diploma

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About this course

The Diploma in Counselling is an appropriate qualification for a wide variety of professionals, from teachers to nurses and managers. It is also ideal if you are considering a career change or simply want to become more self-aware.

An aim of the course is to provide you with professional training in counselling, which will enable you to gain both a sound theoretical framework and the practitioner skills required to work safely and effectively as a counsellor.

What will I learn?

You will be expected to demonstrate a thorough theoretical understanding of the concepts all models of Counselling including PCC (Humanistic) / Psychodynamic, CBT, TA & Gestalt. In addition you will need an understanding of ethical boundaries and equality and to be able to demonstrate personal experience of working as a Counsellor.

Mandatory Units of Competence

  • Unit 2: Person-Centred Approaches to Counselling
  • Unit 6: Counselling Skills, Development and Practice
  • Unit 7: Comparative Theories and Approaches in Counselling
  • Unit 8: Continual Personal Development in Counselling
  • Unit 9: Human Development in Relation to Counselling
  • Unit 10: Client work in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Unit 11: Counselling for Loss and Grief
  • Unit 15: Counselling Related Research

You will also need an approved placement and you will be informed as to when you will need this on commencement of the course.

You will need to complete 100 hours of one to one counselling practice and it will be mandatory to supply regular client/supervision logs, reports and reflections to show evidence of placement.

You will also need to compile a portfolio of evidence of completed units over the 2 years, ie assignments/assessments and reports etc. Weekly therapy will be mandatory for the duration of the qualification.

How will I be assessed?

  • The completion/proof of 100 hours of counselling placement, commencing at the start of year 2
  • Completion of a portfolio of evidence of successful units (as shown above) at the end of year 2
  • Completion and written proof of weekly personal therapy at the end of the qualification

Readiness for placement will be need to be approved by tutors and course leader.

What do I need?

  • You will need to show evidence of successful counselling training to certificate level 3, which has involved a minimum of 120 hours of tuition
  • In addition you will be asked to submit a written piece of written work of 500 words as to why you wish to be considered for a place
  • You need to provide two written references: a professional written reference from your Level 3 course tutor/organisation where you have trained and a personal written reference from a person who has known you longer than 2 years (cannot be from a family member)
  • hold and be able to provide proof of a grade C or above in English Language
  • a current enhanced DBS
  • at interview If applicants have not completed Level 3 with Halesowen College then they will need to successfully complete a Counselling Competency assessment, to assess suitability for this level of course

Deadline for complete applications- 1st August

Where can it take me?

  • Individual accreditation by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (in line with meeting with BACP accreditation requirements)
  • Higher Education routes: Post Graduate Cert/Diploma in Counselling

Additional Information

Duration 2 years part-time (480 Guided Learning Hours)

Please note: We cannot guarantee that this course will run on the same evenings for year 2 as year 1. Fees and course leaflet available from our Booking Centre on 0121 602 7799.

For more information about the course, contact Sue Harvey (sharvey@halesowen.ac.uk).

Fees (2016-17) £2,040 per year

How to Apply

Part 1

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Part 2

You will need to show evidence of successful counselling training to certificate level 3, which has involved a minimum of 120 hours of tuition

In addition you will be asked to submit a written piece of written work of 500 words as to why you wish to be considered for a place.

You need to provide two written references:

  1. a professional written reference from your Level 3 course tutor/organisation where you have trained
  2. a personal written reference from a person who has known you longer than 2 years (cannot be from a family member)

Desirably, you should hold and be able to provide proof of a grade C or above in English Language.

At interview, if applicants have not completed Level 3 with Halesowen College, they will need to successfully complete a Counselling Competency assessment, to assess suitability for this level of course.

Deadline for complete applications (Parts 1 and 2) - 1st August