City, University of London

Course Introduction

The Graduate Certificate in Counselling Psychology is for students who are planning to go on and do further graduate work, whether through a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology or a related profession.

The course is for students who have an undergraduate degree, but you do not have to have a first degree in psychology. Some students use the programme as a bridge towards further study in counselling psychology, while others apply their knowledge and skills from the course within the counselling or psychotherapy profession.

As well as fulfilling the academic side of the programme, you need to be willing to investigate yourself and be open to exploring personal and interpersonal dynamics. This is a course for those with a willingness to expose their vulnerabilities and explore their own and others’ inner worlds.

This is not a professional training programme and is not intended to train you to be an independent practitioner. If you wish to undertake professional training in counselling psychology, leading to registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and chartered membership with the British Psychological Society (BPS) please see our Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology.

Course Modules

Core modules:

(PS3503): Counselling across the lifespan (15 credits);

(PS3502): Counselling skills (15 credits);

(PS3504): Theoretical models in counselling psychology (15 credits);

(PS3501): Understanding mental health (15 credits).

Independent Project:

(PS3505) Project for GCCP (15 credits);

(PS3506): Personal and professional development (15 credits).

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Part Time
Graduate Certificate £4,000 Home Fees
1 year
Part Time
Graduate Certificate £7,000 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • You are usually required to have an honours degree for entry onto this course. Relevant experience or a recognised professional qualification is preferable, but not a necessity.