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If you have a background in counselling or psychology and a level 3 counselling qualification? Would you like to gain the practical knowledge and interpersonal skills you need to pursue a career as a humanistic therapist, this Humanistic Counselling DipHE at  University of Portsmouth  is ideal.

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Humanistic counselling encourages individuals to think about their feelings and take responsibility for their thoughts and actions, with the emphasis on self-development and achieving their potential rather than on problematic behaviour. Gestalt therapy, for example, is one of a number humanistic approaches.

On this Humanistic Counselling DipHE, you'll learn the practical knowledge and interpersonal skills you need to pursue a career as a humanistic therapist.

Course highlights

  • Study modules that give you a strong foundation for your studies and future career, covering topics including counselling theory and skills, humanistic theory and skills, mental health issues, and counselling specific groups
  • Learn from experienced, industry-trained staff who've worked in organisations or run their own private practices
  • Apply your knowledge and skills with at least 100 hours of supervised counselling on a placement in the community
  • Study at Eastleigh College with access to support and services at the University of Portsmouth
  • Apply for student membership of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and get access to member resources including journal subscriptions, free courses and job boards while you study

Careers and opportunities

Humanistic counselling can help people deal with difficulties including anxiety, depression, stress, self-confidence issues, bereavement, relationship difficulties or family problems.

Increased awareness in society about mental health and events such as the coronavirus pandemic have increased the demand for counselling and therapy services. As a counsellor, you can have a significant positive impact on people's health and wellbeing, and help take the pressure off other health services such as GPs and hospitals.

Public, private and charity sector settings you could work in after the course include:

  • Education
  • Alcohol and drug services
  • Eating disorder services
  • Mental health services
  • GPs
  • Police and prison services

Programme Structure


Core modules in this year include:

  • Development of Counselling Skills – 40 credits
  • Developments in Counselling Theory – 40 credits
  • Personal Development – 20 credits
  • Professional Issues for the Counselling Practitioner – 20 credits

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Academic requirements

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Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

Level 3 Counselling skills qualification, English GCSE or equivalent at C and a maths GCSE or equivalent at D, however we welcome applications from A level students with A levels in Psychology, Psychotherapy or Sociology (112 UCAS points) and will consider on an individual basis subject to a successful interview and interpersonal skills role-play. All applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting the course.

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Living costs for Portsmouth

710 - 1099 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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