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Certificate in Advanced Counselling Studies

Subject area
The School of Education and Professional Development
Level 4: Degree Year 1
Course type
Certificate Level 4
Cornwall College Camborne
Course code

About the course

UCAS Code: B942
Institution Code: CORN C78

We are pleased to offer candidates in Cornwall, the opportunity to gain the University of Plymouth Certificate in Advanced Counselling Studies. The programme is intended for persons who have either completed a level 2 or 3 counselling course and who are already using counselling skills in their professional or voluntary work particularly in the helping, caring, healthcare, social care or educational capacities.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 19 years of age with a level 2 certificate in counselling skills (min 75 hours - not distance learning) qualification.  You will also hold academic qualifications to at least A-level or satisfy the interviewing tutors that you have appropriate aptitude for academic study at this level.

Previous learning and experience may be credited. If in doubt, call 0845 22 32 567 or email

What will I do on the course?

You will work in a supportive and stimulating group with tutors who subscribe to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework.  Assessment is through coursework, and we use a self, peer and tutor assessment process.

The 20 credit modules that you will study are: Personal Development, Counselling Theory and Practice, Professional Development, Study Skills, Counselling Contexts and Ethical Issues in Counselling. You will develop your counselling skills within a person-centred framework.

The personal development module will provide a structure for developing awareness of yourself and how you relate to others. The Counselling Contexts module will develop your analytical and evaluative skills. 

What can I do after the course?

You could choose to study further towards a degree in Counselling. The course has been designed specifically to qualify successful students to be considered for entry to the second year degree level study, the Diploma in Person-centred Counselling & Therapy, a professional qualification accredited by the BACP. This course is currently offered part-time over two years. Thereafter, a further year of study could qualify you for a BA (Hons) in Counselling Studies.

This qualification may also be used in employment in your chosen career or may be used as the basis for further study in an associated subject.

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  • Counselling Theory and Practice (20 Credits)
  • Counselling Contexts (20 Credits)
  • Personal Development (20 Credits)
  • Professional Development (20 Credits)
  • Ethical Issues in Counselling (20 Credits)
  • Study Skills (20 Credits)

Students have use of counselling rooms for practice and have DVD cameras readily available.

COUC110  Counselling Theory and Practice (20 Credits)

This module constitutes an introduction to and opportunity for the practice and development of a range of counselling skills for use in the context of professional relationships.

COUC112 Counselling Contexts (20 Credits)

The module requires students to consider various psychological and sociological explanations of what it means to be a person in a social world and to begin to consider how they might apply to counselling practice.

COUC113 Personal Development (20 Credits)

An introduction to personal development through activities and personal development groups which address issues such as rescuing, self-care and reflectivity, within the context of a person-centred model. Intra and inter-personal structures are offered to develop self-awareness around receiving and offering core conditions including congruent feedback.

COUC114 Professional Development (20 Credits)

This module requires students to consider the role of professional support, their current professional competence and future professional development by the application of course based learning to their current professional or voluntary setting and prepare for further professional development including counselling training.

COUC115  Ethical Issues in Counselling (20 Credits)

This module focuses on the sources and values of counselling ethics and on the ethical principles which inform the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). It encourages ethical mindfulness through exploring the tensions and fit between personal values, BACP Ethical Framework and student agency or organisational practice guidelines. Students will analyse ethical dilemmas from their personal or professional experience. 

COUC111 Study Skills (20 Credits)

This module is designed to assist students to achieve the level of academic and relational skills required by the course and will provide and develop study skills and time management skills required that are common to all other modules. This module will assist you in your Personal Development Planning (PDP – see below) which the college encourages in all students.

Course Documents
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