Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy DipHE

What is special about this course?

This part-time course is designed to facilitate a process for individuals who want to become professional counsellors and psychotherapists through education and practice. Year one of the course will provide successful students with a CPD Award in Counselling Skills (including COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills). To become a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist you will need to complete a further two years of study and practice gaining the Diploma in Higher Education in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy. Progression to year two will be by application and selection interview.


Special features

  • There is a residential early in the course to allow you to meet fellow students.
  • The diploma includes a practice placement element of 100 hours of counselling practice.
  • On qualifying, trainee counsellors can apply for Counsellor Membership with Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA).

Entry requirements

  • Entry to year one, UHI CPD Award in Counselling Skills, you will be required to complete a short written piece of work (500 words) on 'What can I bring to a counselling skills course?' and attend a group interview, taking part in an experiential exercise.
  • Successful applicants will be required to complete a PVG Disclosure Check and become PVG Scheme Members in order to undertake this course
  • On successful completion of the above award, progression to year two will be by application and interview.

Year 1 - CPD Award

Modules include:

  • Counselling Skills Approach
  • Introduction to Theoretical Perspectives



Year 2 - DipHE

Modules in year two include:

  • Ethical and Professional Issues in Counselling Module
  • Foundations of Research
  • Person-Centred Advanced Skills and Theory

Modules in year three include:

  • Placement Practice (a total of 100 hours practice on placement with supervision)
  • Other counselling Approaches and Models of Psychopathology

If students have not completed the required 100 hours practice there is provision for additional time to complete in semester one of the following academic year.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time (Structured)

You will learn through a combination of face-to-face college attendance one day per week and online study via the UHI Virtual Learning Environment.

How long will my course last?

  • Part Time: 3 to 3.5 years

Start date

  • September

How much will my course cost?

For information on costs of this course please contact the college at which you wish to study.

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Qualified professional counsellors/psychotherapists can market themselves as private practitioners. There are opportunities to work for Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) Providers and part-time positions within Health Centres for GPs.

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

Apply for Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy DipHE

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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