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University of Portsmouth

Humanistic Gestalt Counselling - Cohort 1

UCAS Code: B941

Diploma of Higher Education - DipHE

Entry requirements


In lieu of a Level 3 Counselling skills qualification, we welcome applications from A level students with 112 points from 3 A levels including Psychology, Psychotherapy or Sociology.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English at grade C or above and Mathematics at grade D or above, or equivalent./GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 or above, or equivalent.

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112

In lieu of a Level 3 Counselling skills qualification, we welcome applications from A level students with 112 points from 3 A levels including Psychology, Psychotherapy or Sociology.

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About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Counselling

Do you want to learn how to help people change something in their lives by helping them explore their issues and feelings in a safe and confidential environment?

On this Humanistic Gestalt Counselling DipHE at Eastleigh College, you'll conduct 100-hours of supervised counselling, and develop your talking therapy skills and techniques in the classroom. You'll learn how to build relationships of mutual trust and respect to create a safe space for clients and facilitate their growth and change.

By the end of your diploma, you'll be prepared for a career in a counselling role. You'll also have a foundation to apply for accreditation from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

**Location**
This course takes place at Eastleigh College. While studying at Eastleigh College, you can access the University's student support services and community including study support, the Students’ Union and our library's online resources.

**What you'll experience**
On this counselling diploma course you'll:

- Learn from experienced, industry-trained staff who've worked in organisations or run their own private practices

- Develop your knowledge of counselling theory and skills, with a focus on gestalt theory and techniques

- Build a foundation to help work towards a further professional accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) following completion of the course

- Use the theory and skills you learn in work-based practice on a supervised counselling placement

- Take part in personal therapy to further develop your learning and awareness in the counselling process

- Undertake personal research into specific areas of interest to you

- Study at Eastleigh College

**Careers and opportunities**
This gestalt counselling course gives you the opportunity to develop as a counselling professional. Graduating with a DipHE in Humanistic Gestalt Counselling puts you in the position to further your professional qualifications or take up work in a counselling position.

**What can you do with a diploma in humanistic gestalt counselling?**
After the course, areas you could go into include:
- the health sector

- education

- the voluntary sector

- private practice

- the police

- the prison service

You can also use your Humanistic Gestalt Counselling DipHE to get entry to higher-level professional qualifications such as:
- BACP Certificate of Proficiency – passing this makes you a registered members of the BACP (MBACP)

- BACP Accreditation – a professional counsellor qualification that requires another 350 hours of supervised practice

- You can apply for accreditation from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) provided you meet their requirements including total client hours, supervision on placement, and sufficient records of continuing professional development (CPD).

**What jobs can you do with a gestalt counselling diploma?**
Roles you could take on include:

- workplace counsellor

- university counsellor

- drug and alcohol worker

- eating disorder counsellor

- learning support assistant

- mental health professional

You can get help, advice and support from our Careers and Employability service for up to 5 years after you leave the University as you advance in your career.

Modules

Core modules include:
- Developments in Counselling Theory 1
- Foundation Counselling Skills 1
- Professional Issues for the Developing Practitioner
- Developments in Counselling Theory 2 (Gestalt)
- Counselling Skills 2 (Gestalt)
- Personal/Professional Development 1
- Exploring the Human Development Process
- Mental Health Issues
- Skills with Specific Client Groups
- Introduction to Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Personal/Professional Development 2

There are no optional modules on this course.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

On this counselling diploma, you'll be assessed through:

essays
live skills assessments (role play scenarios)
individual and group presentations
portfolios of evidence
case studies
personal learning journals
professional requirements (a 'Fitness to Practice' assessment)
supervised work-based learning
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

Feedback is central to this gestalt counselling course. You'll get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future, as well as on your application for the 'Fitness to Practice' assessment. You'll also practice giving feedback during live skills assessments, where you'll receive feedback from your peers, as well as the assessment tutor.

The Uni


Course location:

Eastleigh College

Department:

Faculty of Science and Health

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

90%
high
Counselling

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Health sciences (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
93%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
97%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

91%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
87%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
40%
Male students
60%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Allied health

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,200
high
Average annual salary
92%
low
Employed or in further education
87%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

55%
Health professionals
9%
Natural and social science professionals
9%
Science, engineering and production technicians

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Counselling

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£25k

£25k

£25k

£25k

£34k

£34k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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