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Psychodynamic Counselling HE: Diploma (course no longer recruiting and is in a teach-out phase)

Course no longer recruiting and is in a teach-out phase - click here for our new Foundation Degree in Psychodynamic Counselling Psychodynamic counselling is based on the belief that the past influences the present in ways that we are not always aware of. A psychodynamic counsellor will strive to help clients recognise the possible source of some of their issues such as unhelpful relationships patterns. Another important aspect of psychodynamic work is the way various feelings such as anxiety are being managed. Psychodynamic counselling tends to offer an experience that is different from the one that is expected. This two-year diploma qualifies you to practise, in public or private practice. You will also be equipped to open your own private practice. Aims and Objectives: To provide the theoretical and conceptual framework necessary to counsel competently To provide a sound ethical and anti-discriminatory framework for good practice To provide the opportunity for personal and professional growth, building on the past training, experience and skills of each student To develop the necessary skills and understanding to practice competently. You can download a full programme specification here Students on NESCOT higher education course are typically taught in class sizes of 16 or fewer. Want to be kept informed about open days, course news and events? (click here)

Course information

Course Summary

Course no longer recruiting and is in a teach-out phase - click here for our new Foundation Degree in Psychodynamic Counselling

Course Code:N4610
Study Type:Full Time
Academic Level:Level 5
Award:Diploma in Higher Education
Awarded by:University of Greenwich - Accredited by BACP
Course Length


Full Time two year course.

First year:

  • 1st term: Thurs and Fridays from 9.30 am until 5 pm
  • 2nd term: Thurs 6.00pm until 9.00pm and Fridays 9.30am until 5 pm
  • 3rd term: Fridays from 9.30 am until 5 pm

Second year:

  • 1st term: Fridays from 9.30 am until 5 pm
  • 2nd term: Fridays from 9.30 am until 5 pm
  • 3rdt term: Fridays from 9.30 am until 5 pm
Course Detail

If your paid or voluntary role involves counselling people and you want to develop your competence and/or progress to becoming a professional counsellor, this course is designed to meet your personal and professional needs.

The course will provide you with the necessary training in skills and theory to meet the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy requirements in those areas to accredit individual counsellors. The qualification is recognized within the profession as representing the highest standard of professionalism and ethical integrity. Most employers regard BACP accreditation as an essential requirement.

The Diploma course is psychodynamic in orientation with some consideration of the humanistic approach. It is expected that you will have already completed a Level 3 Counselling course that has introduced you to various orientations so that the choice of a psychodynamically orientated course is a deliberate and informed one.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

These will include:

  • Setting objectives and learning contracts to include action plans
  • The maintenance of a journal and process records of counselling
  • Theoretical and applied seminars from external speakers
  • Role plays and exercises
  • Experiential group
  • Supervision group discussion in groups of 4 as per the BACP’s Ethical Framework for the Counselling professions
  • Tutorials
  • Case discussion

Teaching is structured around a whole day, and supervision group sizes are kept small at maximum of 4 as per the BACP’s Ethical Framework for the Counselling professions.

There will be opportunities for training/clinical placements within approved voluntary agencies from year 1 but a lot of support is provided to help students to secure a clinical placement.


The modes of assessment used on the course comprise assignments and professional practice.

Course Fees

Full fee information here

Concession: NO
Government Subsidised: NO
Student Loan Available: YES (Higher Education funding available)

Additional costs: Students on the Psychodynamic Counselling course are required to undertake a placement in a suitable approved organisation. The agency may make a charge for initial assessment prior to offer. This may cost up to £75. Once in placement, some agencies may make a charge for work-based supervision. This may cost around £40 per week. Students also attend a residential which costs £300 for each year. Students may also incur costs for personal therapy which may cost about £50.00 per week. The costs of this would need to be budgeted for from students' maintenance loan.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible, students must have successfully achieved the following certificate or diploma level courses;
• AIM Level 3 Certificate in Counselling
• Other equivalent approved qualification

It is recommended that applicants should have some relevant experience such as working as a “befriender”. It would be advantageous to have some experience of personal therapy.

Overseas students require a minimum IELTs score of 6.5 to show competence in all four assessed areas in ESOL.

Students will be required to engage in personal therapy (with a college approved therapist) as part of the course. Applicants must continue to be in therapy throughout the course and be prepared to show evidence on request. This costs about £40 per week.

A key part of the programme is a work based element, students complete a placement in an approved counselling agency. Places are allocated by counselling agencies by competitive interview. The College undertakes to prepare students for interview to ensure that they have the best opportunity to gain a place. Year 1 and Year 2 students are required to secure a clinical placement and support is provided to ensure that students are equipped for interviews. Whilst the college offers support and advice in finding a placement it is ultimately the students’ responsibility to secure a suitable placement. The agency may make a charge for initial assessment prior to offer. This may cost up to £75. Once in placement, some agencies may make a charge for work-based supervision. This may cost around £40 per week.

In order to complete the work-based modules candidates will need to complete a minimum number of client hours. These hours are normally completed by the end of the programme. In some cases the nature of the clients being counselled at the agency may prevent the required hours being accrued. In such instances an extension may need to be provided for the work based learning modules. The student will be required to continue in both placement and college based supervision. An additional fee applies at re-enrolment.

There are 2 seminars: one in Year 1 held in October, and one in Year 2 held in November. A charge is made for residential costs.

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This Nescot College website describes the facilities and courses which the College intends to offer during the academic year commencing Autumn 2019. The web pages are prepared in advance of the academic year to which they relate and every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in these pages is helpful, fair and accurate at the time of printing. However, this information is subject to change over time.

Nescot will take reasonable steps to provide the courses and services as described, however, the College cannot guarantee the provision of any course or facility. Some circumstances, such as staff changes, resource limitations and other factors over which the College has no control, such as industrial action or a change in the law or the level of demand for a particular programme or module (please note that this list is non-exhaustive), may result in the College having to withdraw or change aspects of the programmes, modules and/or student services detailed on the website. This could include, but not necessarily be limited to, programme/module content, staffing, the location where the programme/module is taught or the manner of teaching delivery, and the facilities provided to deliver or support the programme. Where circumstances demand an unavoidable change or where it is necessary for the College to discontinue a programme of study, Nescot will take all reasonable steps to minimise the effect and all proposed changes will be notified to potential applicants who have registered an interest in the relevant programme at the earliest possible opportunity as well as being reflected on the College’s website. In addition, any changes between the website and the proposed course and services will be notified to applicants at the time of making an offer.

All prices quoted may be subject to change and you will be notified of any such change when any offer of a place is made to you by Nescot.

Should you become a student of the College, this notice shall be a term of any contract between you and Nescot. Any offer of a place at the College shall be subject to the student enrolment conditions and the College’s rules and regulations as amended from time to time. A copy of the Nescot’s current terms and conditions can be obtained in writing from Nescot, Quality Office, Reigate Road, Ewell, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 3DS.

Last updated - 03/05/19