Higher Education Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling

Higher Education Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling

The Diploma Programme is offered on a part-time basis over two academic years.  On successful completion of the Course, students will be eligible for a Swansea University Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Level 5). 

Students achieving the Award will be fully-qualified counselling practitioners, eligible to work towards British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Accreditation, and for inclusion on BACP’s Register.

The Course will be based in Swansea and students will be required to attend one day a week, 10.00 am – 2.30 pm.

Modules Studied : 

Year 1

Counselling Theory & Approaches and Practical Application

Supervision, Ethical & Legal Issues

Practicum (1)

Professional & Personal Development

Working with Anxiety


Year 2

Working with Loss & Bereavement

Cultural Diversity & Counselling

Research in Counselling

Practicum (2)

Professional & Personal Development

Synoptic Examination

Supervised Counselling Placement

 Before being offered a place on the Course, students must have obtained the firm offer of a supervised counselling placement, subject to the Subject Co-ordinator’s approval, and to provide evidence of this. 

A minimum of 100 hours of supervised practice must be evidenced over the two years of study.  You may need to pay for some supervision if the hours offered by the placement are insufficient to meet BACP criteria. 

Successful applicants will be required to have an up-to-date DBS check.  The current cost of the check is from £26.00 plus VAT.  In some instances this cost might be covered by the placement.

 Personal Therapy (minimum of 25 hours) is mandatory and payment of this is the responsibility of the student. 

Supervision and Personal Therapy costs are usually between £25.00 and £45.00 per hour but students are advised to check beforehand.  Some clinical supervisors and personal therapists offer reduced rates for students.

 On successful completion of the Course students will have

  • fulfilled the relevant practitioner training criteria for eligibility to work towards BACP accreditation 
  • become reflective practitioners, consciously competent in counselling practice 
  • built upon existing knowledge of counselling theory, and developed the ability to use advanced counselling skills 
  • developed sound knowledge of how to work ethically and resolve ethical dilemmas
  •  acquired a sound understanding of the inter-relationship between theory and practice
  •  had the opportunity to acquire a deep insight into own capacity, capability and limitations to engage effectively in a wide range of complex presenting issues
  •  an understanding of the importance of counselling research

Entry Requirements

 Applicants will be required to hold a Higher Education Certificate in Counselling Skills (Level 4), or an equivalent qualification.

Application Process

For more information and how to apply, contact us:

01792 602211 / 01792 602394 or email adult.education@swansea.ac.uk 

You will be invited to attend an information event to determine suitability for the Course and to clarify expectations. 

 You will be required to complete a written assessment demonstrating personal qualities and the skills requisite for working safely, competently and ethically with clients, in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice.

 You will be invited to attend for interview.

Tuition Fees and costs

See website www.swansea.ac.uk/dace/enrolmentandfees/  for further information. 

Eligible students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan and Course Grant to help with costs. You can apply online via Student Finance Wales from June 2018.  For further information visit: www.studentfinancewales.co.uk

The University also offers a Fee Bursary of up to 50% of the total tuition fees for students who are self-funded and not eligible for a Tuition Fee Loan. Application forms are available from the centre of Adult Continuing Education.

The Swansea University Opportunity Award is available for low-income students who need extra financial support for their course.  Please contact Money@Campus Life (money.campuslife@swansea.ac.uk or 01792 606699) for further information.