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Counselling courses

Looking to start a career in counselling psychology? We offer a psychology and counselling honours degree accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). We also offer a foundation degree and diploma developed in partnership with the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB).

Find out more about these and our other counselling courses below.

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Counselling

Degrees 

Stage 1120 credits
Stage 2120 credits
Stage 3120 credits
Total of 360 credits 

How long will it take?

Part time: 16–18 hours per week for 6 years
Full time: 32–36 hours per week for 3 years


Counselling

Diplomas 

Stage 1120 credits
Stage 2120 credits
Total of 240 credits 
How long will it take?
Part time: 16–18 hours per week for 4 years
Full time: 32–36 hours per week for 2 years


Counselling

Certificates 

Stage 1120 credits
Total of 120 credits 

How long will it take?

Part time: 16–18 hours per week for 2 years
Full time: 32–36 hours per week for 1 year

Why study Counselling with The Open University?

  • Our Foundation Degree and Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling have been developed in partnership with the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB).
  • Our BSc (Honours) Psychology and Counselling is one of a number of our degrees that’s accredited by the British Psychological Society.
  • Develop practical and professional skills in counselling.
  • Explore a range of approaches to counselling and apply your knowledge to a variety of client needs, such as bereavement and anxiety 

Careers in Counselling

The therapeutic value of counselling is increasingly recognised, with practitioners employed in private practice and in settings such as health and social care services, advisory organisations and helplines. 

Our range of courses in counselling can help you start or progress your career as a:

  • Counsellor or counselling psychologist.
  • Psychotherapist. 
  • Youth Services and social worker.

Looking for something other than a qualification?

The majority of our modules can be studied by themselves, on a stand-alone basis. If you later choose to work towards a qualification, you may be able to count your study towards it.

See our full list of Counselling modules

All Counselling courses

Browse all the Counselling courses we offer – certificates, diplomas and degrees.

See our full list of Counselling courses