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UCAS Code
B941
Mode of Study
Full-time
Duration
2 years
Start Date
March 2020, March 2021

Overview

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.

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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.

What you'll study on this DipHE Humanistic Gestalt Counselling course

On this course, you'll study modules worth 240 credits.

Modules

Core modules are:

  • 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.

Changes to course content

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.

Supervised counselling placement

On this DipHE in Humanistic Gestalt Counselling, you'll complete 100 hours on a supervised counselling placement. You'll enter into a written contract with the placement provider and Eastleigh College. Assessment of your practical skills as a counsellor will be by case study and portfolio.

Recent students have taken placements at CRUSE Bereavement Care, Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling (PARCS), Yellow Door (counselling for sexual and domestic abuse victims) and other counselling services.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout, including regular supervision and skills clinics every other week.

How you're assessed

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.

Teaching

Work-based learning is central to this course and you'll apply your skills and knowledge in a professional environment.

You’ll gain skills, knowledge and competence through a range of learning methods including:

  • work-based learning
  • lectures
  • seminars
  • Saturday workshops
  • skills clinics
  • personal development groups
  • tutorials
  • module handbooks
  • a virtual learning environment (VLE)

You'll also complete a minimum of 30-hours personal therapy. You'll demonstrate your personal learning and awareness from this process in a learning journal.

Teaching staff include experienced experts who have industry experience in paid counselling roles in organisations, or who run their own private practice.

How you'll spend your time

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 28 hours a week studying for your Humanistic Gestalt Counselling DipHE. In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as workshops and tutorials for 1 day, about 8 hours, a week. You'll spend about 20 hours a week on independent study such as research into areas of specific interests, maintaining your learning journal, personal therapy, and on placement. In your second year you'll spend about 12-15 hours a week on independent study and have less scheduled teaching, but this depends on the modules you choose.

Timetabled teaching takes place on one day a week, from 9.15am to 5.00pm or from 1.15pm to 9.00pm. You'll also attend workshops on 6 Saturdays throughout the course. You may occasionally need to go to University and other course events in the evenings and at weekends.

Term times

The academic year runs from March to late January with breaks at Christmas and Easter.

  • March to July - teaching block 1
  • September to January - teaching block 2

Extra learning support

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your diploma might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Personal tutor

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

They can help with:

  • improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • understanding and using assignment feedback
  • managing your time and workload
  • revision and exam techniques

Student support services team

If you require support for learning difficulties or disabilities then the student support services team at the University of Portsmouth can offer their expertise and help during your course.

Student finance team

If you have financial concerns or are looking for funding options available to you then our student finance team at Eastleigh College are available to help.

Academic skills support

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Library support

University library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from the faculty librarian for science.

Eastleigh College also has a learning resource centre with private study areas, eBooks, online databases, journals. You can loan equipment such as iPads, DVDs and phone chargers.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • ABC level 3 certificate or diploma in Counselling

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

Selection process
  • Non-standard applications that do not meet the specific admissions criteria may be subject to interview.
  • All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

Qualifications or experience
  • ABC level 3 certificate or diploma in Counselling

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Selection process
  • Non-standard applications that do not meet the specific admissions criteria may be subject to interview.
  • Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before starting the course.

What skills and qualities do I need for this humanistic gestalt counselling DipHE course?

To take this counselling course, you'll need a background in counselling, and a desire to further develop your knowledge and understanding of the field, as well as to help others.

You'll need good interpersonal skills and a willingness to question, reflect and challenge your attitudes and beliefs. A commitment to your own personal development will also help your understanding and knowledge, so that you can better support clients in the future.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (March 2020 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £6,165

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren't included in the tuition fees. So you'll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

You'll need to become a student member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Student membership costs £82 a year.

You'll need to attend 30-hours of personal therapy on this course. We recommend you budget £600–£750 a year for your personal therapy.

You'll be on supervised placement in your second year, so we recommend you budget for travel expenses to and from the placement.

Contact our Housing Support Team if you need help and advice about accommodation.

Common questions about this subject

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Common questions about Humanistic Gestalt Counselling

In counselling, you aim to build a relationship of mutual trust and respect to facilitate growth and change.

As a humanistic gestalt counsellor, you'll encourage people to reflect on patterns in their lives, in terms of thinking and behaviours, to help with their acceptance, change, or coping skills. You'll support people in developing their own insight and understanding of issues, so they can resolve them.

There's an increasing awareness of mental health difficulties, yet local GPs are often too stretched to provide the time and ongoing support to those who need it. This course in counselling gives you the opportunity to help people explore their issues in a confidential and caring environment.

Counselling is helpful to people who are experiencing feelings such as:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • suicidal ideation
  • bereavement
  • stress
  • lack of confidence
  • relationship difficulties
  • family challenges

 

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in March 2020, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – B941
  • our institution code – P80
  • the campus name – Eastleigh College
  • the campus code – E

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

To start this course in March 2021, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – B941
  • our institution code – P80
  • the campus name – Eastleigh College
  • the campus code – E

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

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