Adult Guidance & Counselling

The Diploma in Arts (Adult Guidance and Counselling) is designed to serve as a training course for people working with adults in a guidance counselling setting, providing information, advice guidance and placement services.

The emphasis of the course is on the development of the key communication and relationship skills and competencies that underpin the practice of Adult Guidance. The course also aims to work towards the development of an understanding of core concepts and ideas concerning marginalisation, exclusion and adult career development.

The personal development and self awareness of the participants underpins the course.

The course will seek to develop a critical awareness for participants of their professional role by:

Developing their knowledge of the theoretical field of Adult Guidance and Counselling

Facilitating the exploration of issues of marginalisation and exclusion as they relate to employment and unemployment;

Enabling participants to develop key skills and competencies involved in working with clients.

Entry requirements

Mature Students
Applicants will be expected to have a minimum of two years' experience working with adults in a developmental setting and be seeing a minimum 6 clients on a regular basis. Applicants should have participated in training courses or workshops in the area of guidance, counselling and self awareness;Interview with Staff in the Department


The Diploma is delivered part-time over two years in an open learning format, incorporating e-learning material, and workshops. The workshops will be provided over 2 x 3 days and 6 x 2 day sessions each year and one summer week-long psychometric testing workshop in Year 1.

Participants will be expected to attend one workshop per month.

Workshops will take place on Thursday/Friday – 9.30a.m. – 5.00p.m.

Post Course Info

Graduates from this programme are eligible for membership of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors.

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