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Counselling, DipHE

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
This Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling at The Open University UK, developed in partnership with the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB), will prepare you to become a professional counsellor – equipping you with the theoretical understanding and practical skills required to work in this field.
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The value of counselling to improve wellbeing and quality of life is increasingly recognised. From everyday worries to serious mental health issues like chronic anxiety and depression, counsellors and psychotherapists are helping us cope.

Key features of the Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling at The Open University UK

  • Enables you to qualify as a professional counsellor
  • Combines work-based learning at a local college with OU knowledge-based modules
  • If you already have the required CPCAB qualifications, you can top up to the diploma by studying just the OU theory modules
  • Builds a solid foundation for further study

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date We did our best, but couldn't find the next application deadline and start date information online.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      Time limit – 12 years

  • Credits
    240 alternative credits

    120 or 150 (CPCAB study) + 120 or 90 (OU study) = 240

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Death, dying and bereavement 
  • Living psychology: from the everyday to the extraordinary 
  • Mental health and community
  • Psychology of childhood and youth 
  • CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Although students can begin the Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling without prior qualifications, we recommend that you complete the CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling before registering for this qualification. You can transfer the 120 credits from the CPCAB diploma when you register for this OU qualification.
There are also entry requirements for the CPCAB level 4 course. You need to have:
  • completed the CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills or its equivalent, plus
  • completed the CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies or its equivalent, such as the OU module, Introduction to counselling (D171) (now discontinued),
  • a successful interview with the training provider.   

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA

    6024 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6024 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Milton Keynes

  • 848 - 1350 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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


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