January 2022

Introductory Certificate in Counselling

Short Course, January 2022



The Introductory Certificate in Counselling focuses on developing counselling skills by providing a solid foundation in the key aspects of the discipline. It introduces students to counselling theories and practice as well as to the ethical and professional context of counselling in the UK.

The programme is suitable for a wide range of students:

Why study this course?

  • Introduces students to key approaches in the discipline.
  • Learning is experiential and practical as well as academic.
  • Regular opportunities to develop counselling and interpersonal skills.
  • First step towards a professional training in counselling.

What does this course cover?

The course focuses on learning counselling skills within an ethical and professional context. Core topics include:

  • The practice of counselling skills
  • Introduction to key theories in counselling
  • Counselling in context
  • Self-awareness



Sessions are normally held on one evening per week from 6.15 to 9.30pm. The course runs at two entry points during the year: September and January.

Please note: There is an minimum 80% attendance requirement on this course.

How will I be assessed?

To assist in the all-round development of skills, students are assessed using a variety of methods including traditional essays, personal reflections, journals and taped counselling sessions.

The 80% attendance requirement ensures that students have sufficient opportunity to develop new skills and reach the level required for further professional training


On successful completion of this programme, students may apply to study on Newman’s Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling or MSc Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies. Alternatively, the acquisition of counselling skills can lead to career development, diversification or progression in existing job roles. Examples might include the development of pastoral or support aspects of a role using embedded counselling skills such as those acquired on the Introductory Certificate.

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Virtual Open Evening - Thursday 10th February

Come along to our Counselling and Psychotherapy Virtual Open Evening on Thursday 10th February to find out more about our range of professional Counselling and Psychotherapy programmes. We will be holding a number of Zoom sessions where staff will deliver presentations about our suite of courses, followed by an opportunity to ask any questions that you may have.

Please note this event is virtual, and for the 3 professional programmes listed above. If you want to come to campus, or wish to discuss any of our other Counselling courses you should book a place at our next on campus open day.

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Entry Requirements

No formal academic qualifications are required. Please note, there is an 80% attendance requirement for this course.

Applications are made online using the “Apply Now” button above.

You will need to add the e-mail addresses of two referees, who will be asked to provide a reference to support your application.

International Students
Newman University is not licenced by the UK Government to sponsor migrant students under the Student route and is therefore unable to accept applications from international students at present.

If you have any questions regarding entry onto this course please contact our friendly and helpful admissions team via our Admissions Enquiry Form

Course Fees

The total cost for this course is £1,080 for January 2022*. Unfortunately this course is not eligible for funding via student loans. However, an interest free payment plan can be offered in order to spread the cost over six months.

Please note a deposit of £100.00 will be required for applicants that accept an unconditional offer for this course. The deposit of £100.00 will be deducted from the course fee. If you do not commence the course however, the £100.00 deposit will be non-refundable, except in the event that the course does not run. Once you have been made an offer you can make payment for the deposit through our e-store.

*The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Please note that the course fee for September 2022 will be confirmed later this year, and will be updated on the course page in due course.

Additional Costs

Students wishing to progress to further study are recommended to buy at least one of the core texts for the programme.


Additional Information

General Academic Regulations: Terms and Conditions for students attending our courses


Please be aware that, as with any course, there may be changes to the modules delivered, for information view our Changes to Programmes or Module Changes page.

Timetables: find out when information is available to students

  1. This module is intended to introduce the subject of counselling and begin to help students develop their competence in the use of basic counselling skills.  Elements of core therapeutic approaches will be introduced, (including Humanistic, Cognitive-Behavioural and Psychodynamic) with links to how these relate to skills and counselling interventions.