Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy DipHE

What is special about this course?

This course is designed to facilitate a process for individuals who want to become professional counsellors and psychotherapists through education and practice. Year one of the course will provide successful students with a CPD Award in Counselling Skills (including COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills). To become a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist you will need to complete a further two years of study and practice gaining the Diploma in Higher Education in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy. Progression to year two will be by application and selection interview.

Special features

  • There is a residential early in the course to allow you to meet fellow students.
  • The diploma includes a practice placement element of 100 hours of counselling practice.
  • On qualifying, trainee counsellors can apply for Counsellor Membership with Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA).

Entry requirements

  • Entry to year one, UHI CPD Award in Counselling Skills, you will be required to complete a short written piece of work (500 words) on 'What can I bring to a counselling skills course?' and attend a group interview, taking part in an experiential exercise
  • This is a Category 1 PVG course: PVG Scheme membership is required to successfully achieve target qualification, where there is guaranteed contact with vulnerable groups in key elements of the course. For further information visit our PVG scheme webpage
  • On successful completion of the above award, progression to year two will be by application and interview

Advanced entry to year 2:

  • Direct entry to year 2 may be possible for those who already have a COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills

Year 1 - CPD Award

Part-time study, modules include:

  • Advanced communication
  • Exploration and expansion
  • Integration
  • Review and reflection

Year 2 - DipHE

Part-time study, modules in year two include:

  • Ethical and professional issues in counselling
  • Person-centred advanced skills and theory
  • The enquiring student

Year 3 - DipHE

Full-time study and practice, modules in year three include:

  • Placement practice (a total of 100 hours practice on placement with supervision)
  • Other counselling approaches and models of psychopathology

If students have not completed the required 100 hours practice, there is provision allowed in semester one of the following academic year for additional time to complete it.

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We continue to review government guidance and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. Year 1 and 2 students: From semester one, you will study your course through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have an online induction at the start of the course and will be able to meet your fellow students, lecturers and personal academic tutor through video conferencing. Year 3 students: As above. Placements will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing, and where this is not possible the deadline for completion will be extended.
  • Part-time (structured)

You will learn through a combination of face-to-face college attendance one day per week and online study via the UHI Virtual Learning Environment.

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time (structured): 3 years - 2 years part-time study plus 1 year full-time study and practice

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI
  • Moray College UHI

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Year 1: Part-time 40 credits £430 £430
Year 2: Part-time 80 credits £860 £860
Year 3: Full-time 120 credits £1,285 £1,285

Note: The Scottish Government set this fee which has not yet been confirmed for 2021-22 so may be subject to change.

Rest of the UK Students

For students assessed as rest of the UK UK for fee status, the following fees will apply:

Year 1: Part-time 40 credits £2,240 £2,305
Year 2: Part-time 80 credits £4,480 £4,610
Year 3: Full-time 120 credits £6,720 £6,915

International Students

This course is not available for international students, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled status in the UK, requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study here. For students living in the UK and assessed as international fee status, the following fees will apply:

Year 1: Part-time 40 credits £2,340 £2,410
Year 2: Part-time 80 credits £4,680 £4,820
Year 3: Full-time 120 credits £7,020 £7,230


Eligible Scottish/EU students can apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for tuition fee support for the part-time (part-time fee grant) and full-time study periods.  

What can I do on completion of my course?

Qualified professional counsellors/psychotherapists can market themselves as private practitioners. There are opportunities to work for Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) Providers and part-time positions within Health Centres for GPs.

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