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Counselling & Therapeutic Communication with Professional Practice

A professional practice counselling course, which aims to assist students working towards professional accreditation.

Study Counselling and Therapeutic Communication with Professional Practice at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

Our Counselling and Therapeutic Communication with Professional Practice course, has been designed to contribute to the educational requirements of those working towards professional accreditation. The course aims to recruit counsellors who are already working in a practice context towards professional accreditation. The course includes two supervised practice modules, wherein students are expected to complete 100 supervised client-contact hours. Only students who complete the supervised practice modules can receive the award of PgCert/PgDip/MSc Counselling and Therapeutic Communication with Professional Practice.


A central strength of the course is the teaching team, consisting of academics with both practice and research experience in counselling. Staff members ensure that the content of the course is continually updated based on innovations in practice and research.

The course provides:

Structured Continuing Professional Development opportunities for individuals who practice counselling in a range of contexts.

Flexibility through optional study to allow students to pursue specialist areas of interest.

A good balance of theoretical and skills training relevant to student need.

A well balanced grounding in the theoretical and practical study of communication in the applied counselling context.

A solid grounding in research methods and skills that will enable students to carry out independent research, for students who undertake the MSc.

An understanding of key contextual areas relevant to students’ work experience and the ability to evaluate their own professional practice.

Some modules are available in block teaching format

The Pg Diploma is a PQ accredited course for the NI Specialist Award in Social Work.

The MSc meets three PQ requirements for the NI Leadership & Strategic Award in Social Work.

Students can complete modules as part of a CPD pathway, PG Certificate, PG Diploma or Masters programme.

Work placement / study abroad
In order to meet professional and academic requirments students must complete 100 hours of clinical placement - supervised client-contact hours.

Entry requirements

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements. For general entrance requirements go to:

Entry Requirements

(i) Hold an honours or non-honours degree or demonstrate ability to undertake the course through the accreditation of prior experiential learning;


(ii) Must be working (employment or voluntary) within a counselling related post, e.g. working in a counselling, health or social care setting in a counselling role to secure supervised client hours;


(iii) Attend for interview to show evidence of having the personal qualities necessary to undertake counselling training.

The closing date for applications is normally 31st July, with interviews for potential applicants scheduled in May and August. Late applications may be considered until 31st August (with applicant interviews in early September). However, where possible applicants should apply before the July deadline.

English Language Requirements

The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5.

Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.



PgCert – one academic year (two or three semesters);
PgDip – two academic years (four semesters);
MSc – three calendar years.

Careers or further progression

Career options

This course will assist students working towards professional accreditation by providing 100 supervised client-contact hours. This course is accredited by the National Counselling Society (NCS) and upon successful completion the students will be eligible for the NCS register of practitioners, which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

For further information, contact a professional body directly for details on the eligibility criteria for counsellor accreditation.

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) –

National Counselling Society (NCS) -

Further enquiries

Faculty Office
T: +44 (0)28 9036 6184
Course Director: Dr Anne Moorhead
T: +44 (0)28 9036 8905

Assessment method

Teaching and learning assessment

The objective of the teaching, learning and assessment centres around assisting students to develop competence within the area of counselling. This experiential focus of the teaching is geared to this end. This is achieved through several methods: interactive lectures; seminars; tutorials; workshops; placement – supervised client-contact hours; and integral part of the course is directed towards developing skills enhancement and competence. This is accomplished by an ongoing utilisation of the University's specialised skills labs, which will assist the student in translating this learning into counselling practice. This approach aims to foster confidence in the student so that they can effectively conceptualise and work therapeutically with client populations.

The assessment is orientated toward helping the student further enhance practice competence. This is achieved by several methods: skills and practice reviews and focused case studies. The assessments are constructed in such a manner that it encourages the student to engage with the ethical, theoretical and practical applications of counselling.

*The full range of optional modules is regularly updated and will vary in availability in any academic year.

** Research Methods is compulsory for students who wish to undertake the Dissertation, to be awarded the MSc Counselling and Therapeutic Communication with Professional Practice.

Course fee

Additional mandatory costs

In year two, students will have two additional costs to consider, there is indemity insurance which is approx £70-100 per year. There is also the cost of clinical supervision which is at the ratio of 1 hour of supervison for every 8 hours client work. Some supervisors offer a reduced student rate of approximately £30-40 per hour.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2017

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