Duration of Study Programme
1 Academic Year (part-time)
University of Derby
January, September & May
The University Diploma in Counselling Studies and Skills is designed to meet the needs of students that prefer studying online rather than attending an on-campus course and for those students who are not able to access education by a more traditional route. A variety of reasons exist for this, including for example, the fact that some students are not able to attend face to face lectures because they are not geographically close to an institution thatdelivers a course. Alternatively,they might be planning a career change but need to fit their studies around their present occupation for financial reason, or because they have dependants to care for. Whatever your reason is for taking the University Diploma in Counselling Studies and Skills, the programme’s aim is to develop your skills in understanding, application, reflection and evaluationto differing extents as described in the programme learning outcomes. Specifically your counselling studies will be centred on the theories; Person Centred, Attachment, Cognitive and Behavioural Theory. On completion of the course you will have developed a range of skills and competencies, and have gained knowledge that will prepare you for further study in the field of counselling and/or psychotherapy. It must be noted that this award is not a license to practice.
This programme aims to:
- Introduce students to and develop the key skills and concepts required for a critical understanding of counselling.
- Meet the needs of students wishing to undertake a study of counselling from the international, national and local pool.
- Prepare students for a career in counselling and/orpsychotherapy or to enhancing their current career through the study of counselling.
- To provide an opportunity to widen access to higher education and the studyof counselling within it.
- To create an environment that helps students develop insight and understanding to further their development within the field of counselling
What you will study
You will study modules such as:
- Counselling in Context
This module aims to provide insight into specific counselling approaches within various organisational contexts which may include both statutory and voluntary agencies. The module will explore the philosophical and theoretical principles that underpin the particular context. It will consider how the counselling context might impinge on counselling practice. The module will explore the skills required to work within the counselling context and it will consider ethical practice.
- Counselling Skills
This module provides students with the opportunity to explore and develop the counselling and communication skills that form the foundation of counselling and psychotherapy. It provides students the opportunity to consider how these verbal and non-verbal skills can improve personal communication and enhance self-awareness.
- Theories of Therapeutic Intervention
This module aims to provide an introduction to three of the major theoretical models of counselling. It addresses these with regard to the particular socio-cultural context from which they were written and their philosophical positions on the nature of being human. The module also aims to increase effectiveness and confidence in using academic resources particularly sourcing and reviewing journal articles related to counselling.
How you will learn
At the University of Derby we recognise that studying online can be an isolating experience which in itself can be demotivating. However, we also appreciate that some students have chosen this method of learning because they prefer a more independent approach to learning. We use teaching methods that give students the choice to become part of an active learning community. One of the key methods we use is collaborative learning;that is working with students on the electronic discussion board exploring subject related issues.
Students and tutors interactively engage in topics promoting a sense of being part of a group, this occurs in each of the three modules.All materials are delivered using the Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment via module web pages. They were developed with the aim of making the material as interactive and stimulating as possible.
Method of Assessment
The summative assessment, that is final assessment for the module, is by coursework only. Using a variety of techniques that are appropriate to the level of conceptual and skills development and to the module content, they explicitly map onto learning outcomes. The assessments have been designed to be stimulating and provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate a range of skills. Clear evidence of achievement of the module’s learning outcomes must be demonstrated in order for credits to be awarded.
In line with the University’s value of extending opportunities the University Diploma in Counselling Studies and Skills is ‘open’, with few entry requirements. Students may be able to gain entry to the programme, if they can:
- demonstrate an interest in studying counselling
- supply appropriate references
- demonstrate motivation to succeed
- must be at least 18 when they start studying
- have the required communication and learning skills
- if they are studying full-time at an institution, they must get written permission from its Principal
- students that are not English Speakers as their first language must demonstrate an IELTS score of 7 or above.
Fees & funding