Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences

Entrance Requirements

Overview of entry requirements As this is a professional training programme, students are subject to the University’s Fitness to Practise regulations

As an accelerated professional training programme, this programme requires entrants to be both personally and professionally suitable for counselling training and ready to begin counselling practice within six months of programme commencement.  The entrance requirements therefore combine personal suitability requirements with professional experience and academic requirements.

For the DPsychotherapy (full-time) programme, entry is subject to passing the professional suitability interview.

For the DPsychotherapy (part-time) programme, progression from the first to the second year of the programme is subject to passing the professional suitability interview

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a subject relevant to counselling and psychotherapy. We will also consider a UK 2:2 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a subject relevant to counselling and psychotherapy with references confirming your aptitude for study at postgraduate level.

You should also have substantial relevant experience of working in helping roles in counselling or a cognate area, such as education, social work, nursing, mental health practice, applied psychology or equivalent.  

If your undergraduate degree is not relevant to counselling and psychotherapy, you may be admitted at the discretion of the programme director as long as you meet the personal and professional suitability and relevant experience requirements laid down by the British professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy.

Further requirements

Substantial prior helping experience. Students must be ready to start their counselling practice placement by the end of the first semester. In the placement, they will be allocated to work directly with their own counselling clients. Although they will have an assigned practice supervisor, students will not shadow an experienced practitioner nor will anyone else be present in the counselling room to assist them. It is therefore essential that applicants have already gained substantial experience of working in helping relationships. While there are no rules about what ‘substantial’ means, it is usually the case that applicants have worked for two or more years following completion of their first degree in a related field. A related field is an area of professional practice where they have developed practice skills, knowledge and values which are transferable into therapeutic work. It is rare that the programme accepts applicants who have recently graduated or who are applying while still completing their undergraduate studies. In these circumstances, applicants are welcome to apply to the MSc in Counselling Studies or the part-time Pg Certificate in Counselling Studies (or other part-time professional programme).