Higher Professional Diploma in Counselling
This course leads to professional qualification as a counsellor. The course is accredited by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP).
The course engages you in a vigorous experiential and self-explorative learning process and you must be willing to commit yourself fully to the personal, professional, theoretical understanding and academic developmental process. The course is highly life changing and enhancing but such transition can be difficult and emotionally painful.
Is this Course for you?
The course is for those who wish to train as Professional Counsellors and the core counselling model taught on the course is the Person-Centred Approach. Therefore, the course is designed for those who wish to become Person-Centred Practitioners on qualification. However, candidates will also become familiar with the theory and skills used in 2 other counselling models; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (an approach which is favoured by NHS employers) and The Existential Approach.
- You will need to be at least 21 years of age.
- You will need Level 5 English communication skills (oral and written).
- You must hold a Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Counselling Skills or its equivalent (180 Awarded Hours of Counselling Skills Training).
- Internal Applicants: Must have tutor recommendation to progress and complete both an Internal Progression Form and an Initial Assessment Form which must be submitted with your Internal Progression Form.
- External Applicants: Must complete both an Application Form and an Initial Assessment Form which must be submitted with your Application Form and are required to attend an interview with one of the HPD tutors.
- Successful applicants must be willing to attend a group Induction & Enrolment Day which is held in July before the start of the course in September.
Late Applications: These will be considered in some circumstances.
This is a Level 5 qualification.
The course engages you in a vigorous experiential and self-explorative learning process and you must be willing to commit yourself fully to the personal, professional, theoretical understanding and academic developmental process. The course is highly life changing and enhancing but such transition can be difficult and emotionally painful. The course will equip you with the skills, insight, knowledge, attitudes and self-awareness required to become an effective and ethical practitioner who can support clients with a wide range of difficulties and issues and who are often vulnerable and may be facing a life crisis. There is a very strong transcultural and transracial dimension present throughout the duration of the course which will enable you to work with diversity and with clients from all walks of life.
The Course consists of 12 Units, which are:
- Counselling Theory
- Counselling Skills
- A Specific Portfolio of additional CPD Counselling Skills/Client Work
- Personal Development
- Professional Development
- Client Work
- The Person-Centred Approach (The Course Core Model and Unit of Practice)
- Existential Counselling (Unit of study not practice)
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Unit of study not practice)
- Counselling and Mental Health Issues
- Counselling Research
How is the Course assessed?
Assessment is continuous throughout the course and you build an extensive portfolio of evidence which includes case studies, essays, client and supervision logs, video recordings, a group research project and personal and professional development work.
The course is accredited by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and is externally verified by an independent quality control educationalist.
What is the time commitment?
The 1st year of the course starts at the beginning of every academic year in September. The course runs on Mondays for 2 years and you will study for 500 course contact hours over this period; but you will also need to study for 15 additional external hours per week which includes a number of practice hours in a Training Placement within a counselling Agency. There is also an annual compulsory Residential Weekend which focuses on your personal self-awareness development.
The hours are 9:30am - 5:30pm with a number of compulsory attendance dates which will be outlined at interview.
When is the next Course
How much does the Course cost?
The Course costs 8650.00.
Year 1: £4400: deposit £1700 followed by 10 monthly instalments of £270.
Year 2: £4250: deposit £1450 followed by 10 monthly instalments of £280.
The Registration Fee provides you with access to all College facilities and student services such as the Reference Library and the Lending Library.
The fee for the course offers you an entire package which includes:
- 30 hours of Personal Counselling during your 1st year with a Qualified Counsellor; confidential and external to the course
- The opportunity to work in our ‘in house’ Counselling Community Agency as a Volunteer Counsellor.
- External Supervision during the course with a qualified and experienced Supervisor, which will ensure coverage of your practice to BACP requirements.
- The annual compulsory Residential Weekend.
- With tutor support, the opportunity to apply to present your Group Research Project at the Annual BACP Research Conference (sub-groups of our students have successfully applied to present at the conference every year since 2006; an additional bonus to their CVs).
- BACP Course Accreditation, which makes BACP Practitioner Accreditation an easier process and assures you of the quality of our training.
- A course which meets the current expected standards for ‘Self-Regulation’ of the Counselling Profession.
- Course Moderation by Croydon Higher Education College.
- Annual Quality Assurance Inspection.
- Professional development opportunities while on the course through our Study Buddy Scheme.
- Ongoing career and professional development opportunities with us on qualification.
What are the progression opportunities?
You will be a Qualified Professional Counsellor on successful completion of the course and will be able to work as a Counselling Practitioner. This qualification will provide you access to further training and professional qualifications.
Please send all completed forms (together with payment where appropriate) to:
Chris Brown MA MBACP (Accred)
15-16 Deptford Broadway,
London SE8 4PA
If you have any queries, please call or email and will be pleased to help.
Course Application and Enrolment
Please complete a Course Application Form and post it to the above address.
Course Application Form
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Initial Assessment Sheet (Higher Professional Diploma applicants only)
HPD Assessment Form
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Upon receipt of your application you will be invited to an Initial Assessment Interview. This interview will take place with one of our knowledgeable Tutors in order to ensure that the course you wish to join suits your aims and needs. It is also important for you to be fully aware of the level of commitment required to successfully complete your studies. You will also have the opportunity to ask detailed questions and the chance to explore the learning environment, facilities, resources and support we offer our students.
Payment of fees
Course enrolment and fee payment directly follows the initial assessment interview. When we issue your interview invitation, we will provide you with the detailed enrolment and fee payment instructions for the course in question.