Introductory Certificate in Counselling

, Part-time

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Course length: 13 weeks

Key Details

  • 0.25 Years
  • CO400 Course Code
  • Part Time



Applications are now closed for January 2019, applications for September 2019 will open in March. 

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:

  • Students who wish to develop counselling skills and theoretical understanding to enhance existing job roles;
  • students who wish to progress to a core practitioner training in counselling such as the Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling at Newman.

Why study this course?

  • Tutors drawn from a team of experienced counselling practitioners.
  • Introduces students to an integrative approach to counselling.
  • 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 80% attendance requirement on this course.

How will I be assesed?

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. 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.

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.  Applications for September 2019 will open in March. You will need to add the e-mail addresses of two referees, who will be asked to provide a reference to support your application.

Contact details

Contact for admissions enquiries:
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2378)

Contact for course specific enquiries:

Ruth Roberts (Programme Leader – Introductory Certificate in Counselling)
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2352)


Course Fees

The total cost for this course is £990 for 18/19*. 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.

*Fees shown are for 2018/19 academic year. 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).

Additional Costs

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is not required for entry into this programme, although it is in some cases required by employers before students can begin their Year 2 (level 5) work placement.  Find out more about completing the DBS application form and the related 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

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13 week course

    (Compulsory) co400
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    This module is intended to introduce the subject of counselling and begin to help students develop their competence in the use of 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. 


    Scheduled : 39.00 Independent : 161.00 Placement : 0.00 Total :  200.00


    This module aims to:

    • Give students a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of counselling and counselling skills
    • Give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge of basic concepts to practice and critique the counselling relationship
    • Enable students to gain a critical awareness of counselling and psychotherapy models


    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

    • Have an awareness of the manner in which competing perspectives construct different views of the self and client and their presenting issues.
    • Identify concepts and techniques from different counselling approaches studied in their assessment of client material and the presenting situation.
    • Demonstrate basic awareness of key differences between different models of counselling and psychotherapy.
    • Demonstrate counselling skills in a short counselling session with another student.
    • Be able to critically reflect upon their performance and the counseling relationship including reflections on their own process.


    Component 1 - % Pass/Fail Element - Learning Statement (500 words)

    Component 2 - % Pass/Fail Element - Recording of Counselling Session (20 minutes)

    Component 3 - 100% Critical Commentary (10 minute transcript & critical commentary, 2000 words)