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Certificate in Advanced Counselling Studies

For 2017 start

Cornwall College Rosewarne LEVEL: 4 Social Care & Health

The programme is intended for people who have either completed an introductory counselling course, or who are already using counselling skills in their professional or voluntary work; particularly in a helping, caring, healthcare, social care or educational capacity.

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. You will work in a supportive and stimulating group with tutors who subscribe to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
You will be introduced to, and encouraged to practise and develop, a range of counselling skills and be required 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.

The Professional Development module requires you to consider the role of professional support, your current professional competence and future professional development, by the application of course-based learning to your current professional or voluntary setting and prepare for further professional development including counselling training.

You will also focus on the sources and values of counselling ethics and on the principles which inform the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy of the BACP.
This encourages ethical mindfulness through exploring the tensions and fit between personal values, the BACP Ethical Framework and student agency or organisational practice guidelines.

Assessment is through coursework, and we use a self, peer and tutor assessment process.
Students have use of counselling rooms for practice and have DVD cameras readily available.

Possible careers available with this qualification:
– Counsellor (after further study)
– Therapist (after further study)

The application process for full-time and part-time degree level courses with The Cornwall College Group starting in September 2017 is still open and we are taking applications.  Full-time applicants should apply via UCAS and part-time applicants directly via the College website.

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: B942
  • Institution codes: DUCHY D55
  • Awarded by: Duchy College & Plymouth University
  • Course Fee (per annum): £7500
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 enquiries@cornwall.ac.uk.

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Course Documents

Certificate in Advanced Counselling Studies


Indicative Modules

- Personal Development

- Counselling Theory & Practice

- Professional Development

- Study Skills

- Counselling Contexts

- Ethical Issues in Counselling

*Modules are subject to change and availability


Social Care & Health
Social Care & Health


Certificate in Advanced Counselling Studies

Start Date





1 year full-time

Extra Information

Annual tuition fee is £7500

Certificate in Advanced Counselling Studies

Start Date





2 years part-time

Extra Information

Annual tuition fee is £3750

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.

Careers advice available

If you are considering an undergraduate programme with us, you may wish to access our free Careers and Employability advice service. This gives you the opportunity to talk with an advisor about career options before, during and after your study with us. To make an appointment, please e-mail: H.E.Advice@cornwall.ac.uk

If you come into the International category (non EU*) and Channel Island (inc. Isle of Man) the tuition fee may vary – click here for full fee information