Introductory Certificate in Counselling

, Part-time

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Key Details

  • 1 Years
  • CO400 Course Code
  • Part Time



This course is now full for January 2018 entry.  The next intake will be September 2018, and we will open for new applications in Spring 2018.

The Introductory Certificate in Counselling focuses on developing your counselling skills within an ethical and professional context, while providing you with a solid foundation in the key aspects of the discipline. As you progress through the programme you will develop an understanding of counselling theory and practice. The course provides you with the skills and theoretical understanding you need to apply counselling skills in employment roles requiring high level interpersonal interactions.

What does this course cover?

Delivered on a part-time basis, the course is for you if you are:

  • Seeking to develop counselling skills to enhance their work in another context
  • Wanting to study counselling skills and theory at a higher education level
  • Considering taking the first step towards a career in counselling

The course focuses on learning counselling skills within an ethical and professional context. Core topics include:

  • A counselling approach
  • The practice of counselling skills
  • Introduction to theories in counselling
  • Counselling in context
  • Self awareness

Special Features

The course is flexible enough to be used as an in-depth introduction to counselling skills, developing an understanding that will enhance an existing career or as the first step towards professional counselling training.

The team at Newman is dedicated to counselling training, providing a wide range of expertise including integrative counselling, research, health psychology, clinical psychology and psychopathology. This strong counselling and psychology base has expanded to and Newman is now a major provider of counselling courses in the West Midlands.


Sessions are normally held on a Monday or Wednesday evening 6.15 to 9.30pm. The course runs at two entry points during the year: September and January. For January 2018 intake the sessions will be held on Monday evenings 6.15 – 9.30pm, starting from Monday 29th Jan 2018 for 13 weeks.

How will I be assessed?

To assist in the all-round development of your skills, you will be assessed using a variety of methods including traditional essays, personal reflections, journals and taped counselling sessions.

Career Opportunities

The successful completion of this course can lead to career development and progression or diversification of job roles within a current employment setting. Successful students may progress onto Newman’s Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling.

Entry Requirements


This course is now full for January 2018 entry.  The next intake will be September 2018, and we will open for new applications in Spring 2018.

No formal academic qualifications are required.  However, applicants will be interviewed to establish their capacity to benefit both from study at this level, and from this counselling skills training.

Contact details

ContactAdmissions Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2378) Email:

Faisal Mahmood (Senior Lecturer in Counselling) Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2391) Email:


Course Fees

The total cost for this course is £980 for 17/18. Unfortunately this course is not eligible for funding via student loans. However, an interest free payment plan can be offered in order to spread the cost over six months.

Please note a deposit of £100.00 will be required for applicants that accept an unconditional offer for this course. The deposit of £100.00 will be deducted from the course fee. If the applicant does not commence on the course however, the £100.00 deposit will be non-refundable, except in the event that the course does not run. Once you have been made an offer you can make payment for the deposit through our e-store.

Please note that course costs do not refer to the academic year so may differ each year.


    (Compulsory) co400
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    This module is intended to introduce the subject of counselling and begin to help students develop their competence in the use of counselling skills.  Elements of core therapeutic approaches will be introduced, (including Humanistic, Cognitive-Behavioural and Psychodynamic) with links to how these relate to skills and counselling interventions. 


    Scheduled : 39.00 Independent : 161.00 Placement : 0.00 Total :  200.00


    This module aims to:

    • Give students a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of counselling and counselling skills
    • Give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge of basic concepts to practice and critique the counselling relationship
    • Enable students to gain a critical awareness of counselling and psychotherapy models


    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

    • Have an awareness of the manner in which competing perspectives construct different views of the self and client and their presenting issues.
    • Identify concepts and techniques from different counselling approaches studied in their assessment of client material and the presenting situation.
    • Demonstrate basic awareness of key differences between different models of counselling and psychotherapy.
    • Demonstrate counselling skills in a short counselling session with another student.
    • Be able to critically reflect upon their performance and the counseling relationship including reflections on their own process.


    Component 1 - % Pass/Fail Element - Learning Statement (500 words)

    Component 2 - % Pass/Fail Element - Recording of Counselling Session (20 minutes)

    Component 3 - 100% Critical Commentary (10 minute transcript & critical commentary, 2000 words)