University of East London

Course Introduction

This long-established and hugely popular course is fully accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). It is designed to provide training in an integrative approach to counselling and psychotherapy. It will enable you to develop your own synthesis within a framework which is not tied to a particular theoretical school or perspective. We follow current research into what actually works in counselling and psychotherapy, which means we use an integrative approach, employing a variety of techniques to respond to the needs and preferences of individual clients. Typically, students on this course will have first degrees in other subjects, and they may be employed either part-time or full-time. You may be working in health, social care or education ? but you don?t have to be. Whether you leave after completing the interim diploma or go on to do the final year for the MA qualification, you will have the foundation to develop as a counsellor/psychotherapist. Both qualifications entail completing 100 hours of supervised work, which will be undertaken on a placement which you have to secure for yourself. However, the school has established links with many agencies and practices where our students have worked over the years. You may take these skills back into your workplace, use them for a change of career, or develop your own specialist practice. The course is designed to provide an education and training in an integrative approach to psychological counselling and therapy to a level appropriate for safe, ethical and effective practice.

Topics of study on the Diploma, which constitutes the BACP-accredited training course, include: theory and practice of counselling and psychotherapy; models for integration; theoretical frameworks (for example, person-centred, cognitive-behavioural, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and gestalt); and professional and clinical studies ? including the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice. You will also engage in practical skills training, personal development and clinical supervision. You will also study social context/multiculturalism and common client presenting problems, including mental health issues. If you choose to stay on for a third year to take your MA, your work will be based on clinical practice and an independent research project or dissertation. Completing the course often leads to career progression. Many past students have returned to previous jobs while establishing and developing their own counselling practice as a second strand to their careers. In several cases this has proved successful enough to become their main source of employment.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Part Time
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip European Fees
2 years
Part Time
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need 2.1 honours degree in any discipline. They will normally be expected to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. They must have relevant clinical experience and the ability for self-managed learning and have adequate opportunities to carry out formal client work.
  • International entry requirements: Students should have and overall IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).
  • IELTS score: 6.5