Counselling and Counselling Skills (Certificate in Higher Education): part-time, Stratford

Year of entry

2018

Start date

October 2018

Location

Stratford

Status

Fully Approved

Duration

One to two years part-time

Attendance

One to two evenings or days a week, plus some weekend sessions

If you want to develop your helping skills in professional or voluntary roles, or eventually to train as a counsellor, then this course provides the expertise you need. It starts with a broad-based introduction and then you will study psychodynamic counselling, alongside cognitive-behavioural and person-centred therapy, with a chance to compare the three approaches. You will learn how to apply aspects of theory and practice to helping relationships, in both formal work roles and informal social and voluntary activities.

This Certificate of Higher Education is composed of two parts: Year 1 consists of the Introduction to Counselling module, which you enrol onto directly. Year 2 consists of three modules, which you can go on to after successfully completing Introduction to Counselling in Year 1.

Year 1 (module 1, Introduction to Counselling): Two hours a week for 30 weeks (weekday or evening) or seven once-monthly weekend-only sessions (four hours each on Saturday and Sunday). 

Year 2 (modules 2-4): Three hours a week for 30 weeks on Tuesday 6-9 pm plus three Saturday schools. Please note Saturday schools are held in central London.

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Highlights

  • Birkbeck is recognised as a centre of excellence for counselling courses. Our first counselling training was established in 1972.
  • You will study in a prestigious academic department, with an excellent reputation with employers.
  • The programme provides hands-on, practical experience, requires no prior training, and will teach you a variety of counselling and therapeutic approaches.
  • Our teachers are senior and experienced clinicians and active researchers. 
  • Read more about careers in counselling and psychotherapy
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Course structure

To gain the two-year Certificate in Higher Education, you must successfully complete the following modules, worth a total of 120 credit points.

You must complete all the modules in order and successfully complete one module in order to proceed to the next one.

Year 1 (direct enrolment)

Module 1: Introduction to Counselling (enrolment opens in May 2018) 

Year 2 (programme application from this page)

Read more about this programme in our handbook.

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    • Entry Requirements We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.

      Entry requirements

      Year 1 (module 1, Introduction to Counselling)

      This module has no entry requirements. However, all modules are taught at university level and you should be able to read, write and speak English fluently.

      Year 2 (modules 2-4)

      You must have completed the Introduction to Counselling module or equivalent. Exemption from the Introduction to Counselling module and direct entry to Year 2 may be granted, at the discretion of the admissions tutor, if you have equivalent qualifications or experience.

      If you are applying for direct entry to Year 2, you will be required to complete a piece of assessed work as part of the application process. Details will be provided after you have submitted your application.

      International entry requirements

      If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

      If you don’t meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

      Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.

      Credits and Accredited Prior Learning (APL)

      If you have studied at university previously, you may have accumulated credits through the modules you studied. It may be possible to transfer these credits from your previous study to Birkbeck or another institution. You should discuss this with the Programme Director when you are making your application.

      Find out more about credits and Accredited Prior Learning (APL).

    • Fees We are committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies.

      Fees (2017/8)

      Part-time home/EU students: £ 3750 pa
      Part-time overseas students: £ 3750 pa
    • Teaching and assessment Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.

      Teaching

      At Birkbeck, almost all of our courses are taught in the evening and our teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments. We actively encourage innovative and engaging ways of teaching, to ensure our students have the best learning experience. In the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the government’s system for rating university teaching, Birkbeck was allocated a Silver award.

      Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading.

      Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.

      In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your Personal Tutor.

      Methods of teaching on this course

      Counselling skills are developed through student-centred methods of learning, including practical exercises, discussions, oral presentations, seminars, observations, visits, lectures, and individual and group work.

      Timetables

      Timetables are usually available from September onwards and you can access your personalised timetable via your My Birkbeck Profile online (if you have been invited to enrol).

      Indicative class size

      Class sizes vary, depending on your course, the module you are undertaking, and the method of teaching. For example, lectures are presented to large groups, with 30 to 100+ students in attendance, whereas seminars usually consist of small, interactive groups of 10 to 30 students, led by an academic.

      Academic support

      Birkbeck offers study and learning support to undergraduate and postgraduate students to help them succeed. Our Learning Development Service can help you in the following areas:

      • academic skills (including planning your workload, research, writing, exam preparation and writing a dissertation)
      • written English (including structure, punctuation and grammar)
      • numerical skills (basic mathematics and statistics).

      Our Disability and Dyslexia Service can support you if you have additional learning needs resulting from a disability or from dyslexia.

      Our Counselling Service can support you if you are struggling with emotional or psychological difficulties during your studies.

      Our Mental Health Advisory Service can support you if you are experiencing short– or long-term mental health difficulties during your studies.

      Assessment

      Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations. You will be given time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

      Unseen written examinations are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June, and, in most cases, are held during the day on a weekday – if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance. Exam timetables are published online in March each year.

      Find out more about assessment at Birkbeck, including guidance on assessment, feedback and our assessment offences policy.

      Methods of assessment on this course

      100% coursework, including assessment of counselling skills.

      Feedback

      As well as a mark for your coursework and exams, you will also receive feedback from your marker(s) to help you learn, improve and succeed. We encourage you to discuss feedback with your module tutor.

      Feedback can come in different forms: notes via Moodle (our online learning environment); a paper copy of a completed feedback form; or in-class or face-to-face feedback. The College Policy on Feedback on Assessment sets out what you can expect from your feedback.

      Your department will usually provide you with your marked coursework within four weeks of submission. Your initial mark is provisional until the relevant Board of Examiners has confirmed it.

      Your official coursework and exam results will be made available to you via your My Birkbeck Profile online.

    • Careers and employability To help you get ahead in your career, we offer free advice and training and our recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, can connect you with employers.

      Careers and employability

      Graduates can pursue careers in counselling or psychotherapy. This degree may also be useful in becoming a counselling psychologist, psychotherapist, human resources officer or higher education lecturer.

      Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.

      We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

    • How to apply Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck.

      How to apply

      Year 1 (module 1, Introduction to Counselling)

      Enrol via our short course page (enrolment opens in May 2018) 

      Year 2 (modules 2-4)

      Submit an application form via the online link. Please note that online application will open in October 2017.

        Applicants are selected by application form and essay (where applicable) and, if necessary, by interview. The application process may take up to eight weeks.

          2018-19 dates to be confirmed.

          Birkbeck offers a range of free face-to-face advice and support to help you make a successful application.

          Birkbeck can give you all of the information and help you need to complete your application form, including our online personal statement tool, which will guide you through every step of writing your personal statement.

          Application deadlines and interviews

          You are advised to apply early, as demand for places is high. Late applications may be accepted, if places are available.

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