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Diploma/BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling

Diploma/BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling prepares you to practice counselling in a variety of contexts and offers qualifications that equip you to practice in a range of areas. 

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Entry Requirements 2018

Applicants need to demonstrate the equivalent of either 120 (degree level) credits to gain entry to level 5 of the degree programme.

Accreditation of prior experiential learning (in lieu of the credits) is available through the completion of a portfolio.

Evidence of foundation level training in counselling skills is essential.

Interview, enhanced DBS and health check (confirming fitness to practise with client groups) are required prior to the start of the course.

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Student view

BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling
I did the Certificate in Counselling Skills course to further my skills in my role as a community midwife, and also with a view to a career change to counselling in the future. The skills that I have learnt on the course are all beneficial both in my professional and personal life. It has been an amazing learning curve in self development.
BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling

The team of counselling lecturers were completely supportive throughout, available for questions and queries. Their caring, yet rigorous, teaching skills enabled me to meet and maintain H.E academic standards expected at this level of counselling and study. Although it was hard work, the enriching rewards visibly emerged as my theoretical understanding, personal development and ethical practice developed vastly as a counsellor. Since finishing the course I have gained BACP accreditation and have also felt competently ready to continue professional learning and development by gaining a level 6 qualification in Therapeutic Supervision. I now work as a counsellor and supervisor with a Further Education college and a local counselling service that specialises in sexual trauma

BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling

As well as embarking on a journey of self-discovery and growth, I learned valuable life skills in communication, empathy, and professionalism. Without this experience I could not have gone on to become a Civil Celebrant supporting bereaved families through their loss. Completing the degree course taught me resilience and gave me the confidence I needed to make a complete career change.

BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling

I have found the Certificate in Counselling Skills course an incredibly positive experience; it has been valuable and rewarding. I have learnt so much about relationships, humanistic theory and communication. I use the skills I have gained in my personal and professional life every day.

Course content

All courses combine Humanistic theory with professional and ethical practice and are grounded in Humanistic values; these values fit today’s working conditions.You’ll be given the opportunity to explore how, as a Humanistic practitioner, you can contribute to the contemporary and growing field of counselling and psychotherapy.

The course combines humanistic theory with professional and ethical practice and is grounded in humanistic values. These values fit contemporary working conditions well. You’ll be given an opportunity to explore how, as a Humanistic Practitioner, you can contribute to the contemporary and growing field of counselling and psychotherapy.

The BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling has been approved to start teaching the new Gold Book curriculum and is accredited by the BACP and completion of the degree entitles you to apply for individual accreditation through the BACP training route if you have satisfied other criteria for personal accreditation.

Download the application form and reference form.

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At the Bishop Otter campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

The Learning Resource is the hub of the learning environment.  It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

The Bishop Otter LRC also offers:

  • 130 open access PC workstations
  • 45 Apple iMacs
  • Ample printing facilities
  • Netbooks available on loan
  • Professional editing suites
  • Media loans counter
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

Where this can take you

Our graduates have secured jobs in the following roles, with 80% working as counsellors.

The routes our graduates have taken include:

  • Becoming Accredited Counsellors (after meeting the requirements of the individual accrediting body such as BACP or UKCP)
  • Counsellors in private practice or in schools, universities, the NHS or companies
  • Youth and community workers
  • Community education services
  • Connexions partnerships
  • Rural community work

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.

Indicative modules

Diploma Humanistic Counselling:

  • Skills 1: Counselling Skills
  • Skills 2: Counselling Skills with Ethics
  • Skills 3: Understanding the Therapeutic Process and Ethical Awareness
  • Skills 4: Counselling Skills in Context
  • Humanistic Frameworks
  • Human Development
  • Supervision
  • Client Issues

BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling:

  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Critical Thinking in Humanistic Counselling
  • Professional Counselling Practice
  • Person Centred Therapy
  • Diversity in Society
  • Specialist Humanistic Module – Brief Therapy
  • Independent Case Study – Research Dissertation

Teaching and assessment

There are four important strands in the BA (Hons) curriculum, which particularly characterise the training we offer; a focus on the Humanistic model, an emphasis on professionalism and employability, extensive training in Humanistic therapeutic skills and attention to personal development.

Students are taught and facilitated interactively so that they are always encouraged to engage with the material and learn through discussion. We provide students with a variety of types of modules and guide their learning experiences in the following areas:

  • Theory modules which equip students with knowledge of counselling theory, client & diversity issues and specialist Humanistic theory.
  • Skills and professionalism modules which focus on developing student’s mastery of therapeutic interventions and their professional awareness.
  • Personal development modules.
  • Research modules which introduce students to research methods.
  • Placements where students work with clients.
  • Supervision of student’s client work provided by placements
  • Personal counselling.
  • One to one tutorials with tutors.

Assessment is based on observed skills practise, assignments and satisfactory supervisor’s reports and completion of placement and personal counselling hours. There are no exams. 

Additional Costs

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Student Opportunities

As a student in the Department there are a variety of opportunities which may be available to you.  These include:

  • Study Abroad
  • Erasmus
  • Internships
  • Placements
  • Voluntary Research Assistant

Additional Costs

DBS Disclosure

Applicants are required to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check which needs to be paid for before the start of the course. This will cost £44.


Students are responsible for the costs of attending their placements ( and, occasionally, an induction fee).