* Please note that we are not able to sponsor students on this programme for a Tier 4 visa. *
This programme is ideal for those working in a helping profession who want to deepen their expertise. It is also suitable for those who want to start a career in counselling and need to take their first step.
It offers the chance to learn fundamental counselling skills or build on those you already have. You will be provided with an introduction to a broad range of approaches, and will have the chance to put your learning into practice. It is also the required first step for those who wish to proceed to a professional training and become a registered psychotherapist or counsellor.
You will acquire a broad conceptual background in psychotherapy and counselling theory. This involves studying a range of models, including:
This is combined with the study of philosophical and spiritual perspectives from a range of different cultures.
You will be encouraged to critically engage with each of these theories and to develop your own approach. This will require you to question you own beliefs and assumptions, and to reflect on your personal emotional growth throughout the programme.
Alongside core counselling skills, you will develop communications skills and consider the various practical and ethical issues of working with clients.
There are two options for completing the Certificate in Psychotherapy & Counselling. You can choose to study part time for one year, or undertake a part time or full time intensive programme.
Please note that we are not able to sponsor students on this programme for a Tier 4 visa.
The one-year Certificate consists of one four-hour session per week over three 10-week terms. We have two intakes each year. One in April and one in September.
This follows the same programme as the one-year Certificate, but is offered in a condensed format. Sessions last from 10:00-17:00 each day.
There are four intake periods each year:
One Year Certificate course dates
Intensive Certificate course dates
Intensive January 2019 - weekend modules only
Saturday - Sunday from 26 January to 31 March
Intensive May 2019 - week and weekend modules
Module 1: Wednesday 1 - Sunday 5 May
Module 2: Saturday 11 - Sunday 12 May
Module 3: Saturday 18 - Sunday 19 May
Module 4: Saturday 1 - Sunday 2 June
Module 5: Saturday 8 - Sunday 8 June
Module 6: Saturday 22 - Sunday 23 June
Module 7: Wednesday 10 - Sunday 14 July
Intensive July 2019 - five weeks, full-time
Week 1: Monday 22 - Friday 26 July
Week 2: Monday 29 July - Friday 2 August
Week 3: Monday 5 - Friday 9 August
Week 4: Monday 12 - Friday 16 August
Week 5: Monday 19 - Friday 23 August
Modules include, but are not limited to:
The course includes three main components: theoretical, experiential and practical.
Lectures and presentations introduce the basic theories of psychotherapy and counselling, with an emphasis on the existential-phenomenological, psychodynamic, and humanistic/integrative orientations.
You will explore professional issues in counselling and engage in discussion and experiential work relating to various topics.
Experiential exercises relate to the theoretical material presented and the development of listening skills, self-awareness, and giving and receiving feedback.
These sessions introduce the essential skills and techniques of psychotherapy and counselling.
You will participate in group exercises - usually in triads of ‘counsellor’, ‘client’ and ‘observer’ - using material from your own experience.
This is an opportunity to practise psychotherapy and counselling skills and to receive feedback.
Self-development group work
You will work in a small group, with a facilitator. This will be an opportunity to explore your personal and interactive processes within the group, and advance your professional and personal development.
Contact hours and expected workload
Each of the intakes will have around 120 hours of contact time. This will be split roughly as follows:
You will also be expected to undertake independent study.
You do not need to be in personal therapy during the programme, nor is there a requirement for you to complete clinical practice hour but you may wish to do so voluntarily alongside your studies.
All of our teaching staff are qualified, practicing psychotherapists, whose modalities include, humanistic, psychodynamic, integrative and existential approaches. Those currently working on the various intakes are Nishah Dennison, Khalid Deverill, Oliver Frawley, Brigitte Friedrich, Lea Getu, Amelia Jeans, Geri Russo, Jan Sheppard, Andrea Scherzer, Suzanne Schultz and Alex Smith. The Course Leader is Mike Harding.
The staff to student ratio on the programmes is typically 1:8 although this can vary according to enrollment.
Methods of assessment
Evaluation is based on assessment of your participation throughout the course and on the successful completion of:
We welcome and support students with a wide range of disabilities and health concerns. This includes learning difficulties, visual and hearing impairments, mental health difficulties, autism spectrum conditions, mobility difficulties, and temporary or chronic health conditions.
Our dedicated Disability Officer is here to support you. We ask that you speak with Student Registry and our Disability Officer as early as you can to enable us to support you. Find out more about our disability support and contact us.
For most of our students, the next step is to take a Master's level programme. Successful completion of this programme will enable you to meet one of the main entry requirements for our MA Psychotherapy & Counselling.
Direct progression, however, will depend on your academic background and professional/voluntary experience. Please see the entry requirements for the MA Psychotherapy & Counselling for further information.
How to apply
Applying to study at Regent's University London is quick and easy. We have put together some helpful information to guide you through the process. We accept direct applications, have no formal application deadlines and there is no application fee.
Step 1 Apply
You can apply in the following ways:
If you have not uploaded the relevant supporting documents during the online application process, you should ensure that we have the below supporting documents as soon as you have completed your application. These can be sent to the Regent’s Admissions Department via email to email@example.com.
Step 2 Receive a response to your application
Once your application is complete you will be invited to attend an interview. This is typically in a group format on campus. Shortly after the interview, the Admissions Team will notify you of the decision of your application via email.
Step 3 Accepting your offer
If you wish to accept the offer you must pay the advance tuition fee deposit (non-refundable) to confirm your place.
Please note: There is no formal deadline to pay your advance tuition fee deposit, however we recommend that you confirm your place as soon as possible.
Please see here for information on how to pay.
Step 4 After you have accepted your place
Closer to the start of the term the Admissions Team will send information regarding the registration process. This will include information on completing your online enrolment prior to your arrival as well as a checklist of documents you will need to bring with you to fully register onto the programme.
Tuition Fee One-Year Certificate
Starting April 2019: £4,267
Starting September 2019: £4,300
Tuition Fee Intensive Certificate
Starting January 2019: £4,200
Starting April 2019: £4,200
Starting July 2019: £4,200
Starting September 2019: £4,300
Non-refundable advance deposit
What do fees include?
Fees cover the cost of all tuition and access to the University’s IT infrastructure and library learning resources.
What other costs should I budget for?
You will need to budget additional funds for accommodation and living expenses, travel, and any additional trips, that you choose to participate in outside of the tuition offered as part of the programme.
The library hold a limited number of copies of core text books and where possible in e-format. You will be encouraged to purchase your own text books and will need to budget approximately £80-£100 per year, depending on your programme of study.
When are fees paid?
Fees are payable in the following instalments:
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