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Diploma in Person-centred Counselling & Therapy

Level 5

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Key Info

Learning Area   Social Care & Health
Delivery Mode   Part-time
Duration   2 Years
Institution Code   C78

Dates & Locations

Location   Cornwall College Camborne
Start Date   14/09/2021

This programme is ideal if you wish to become a professional counsellor, or if your job role contains a significant element of counselling. It has been accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and successful completion means you can practice independently as a qualified counsellor. For September 2020 intake, attendance is required 1 day a week, term time only for 2 years (Tuesdays 9.30am to 4.30pm)

The programme contains an in-depth module on personal development, as well as counselling practice, professional development and counselling psychology modules.

You will start to work with clients as a counsellor, practise and develop your counselling skills, develop your understanding of the counselling process and expand your ability to be in a professional relationship with your client. You will do this within a person-centred framework and in the second year you will visit other counselling models.

You will be required to carry out 100 hours of counselling work with clients (i.e. in addition to counselling practice with peers) over the duration of the programme through placements with counselling agencies across Cornwall. We have strong links with placement providers and can support this process. You will need to keep accurate records of your client work, and if the placement does not provide supervision, you will need to engage a counselling supervisor to support your client work. Again we can offer you guidance with this.

It would be inconsistent with a person-centred model for you to have no experience of personal counselling as a client, so it is highly recommended that you undertake personal counselling while you are on the course.

  What You Will Learn

Indicative Module Year 1
Counselling Practice 1
Counselling Psychology 1
Personal & Professional Development 1

Indicative Module Year 2
Counselling Practice 2
Personal & Professional Development 2
Counselling Psychology 2

  Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements A qualification in counselling (which includes practical experience of using counselling skills) which carries 120 HE credit OR A Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills - NCFE (also available at Cornwall College, please see details on our website) PLUS a qualification in any subject which carries 120 HE credits. The Level 2 is required in addition to higher qualifications as all candidates need to evidence a level of competency using counselling skills prior to acceptance on this professional training course to ensure that this training is the right path for you. Please note that Further Education qualifications do not carry Higher Education credits, therefore CPCAB qualifications at any level will need to be supported by a further qualification which carries 120 HE credits (Please see the Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Counselling which carries 120 HE credits on the Cornwall College website)


There are no exams on the course. Assessment is through coursework and we use a self, peer and tutor assessment model. We only provide the programme on a part time basis to provide the time needed for completion of the academic and practical components of the course.


Possible Progression (subject to approval)

– BA (Hons) Counselling Studies final year full-time or final two years part-time at Duchy Rosewarne

Possible Careers

– Counsellor
– Counselling Lecturer
– Community Worker
– Youth Counsellor


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