Study Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
24 months
Study Mode
Part Time
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The Counselling Skills Programme is suitable for anyone wishing to improve their interpersonal communication skills. Counselling Skills are used in many contexts and jobs where a helping or caring role is central. The value of effective communication is also recognised by many employers as part of personal development for their staff. The courses are also recognised as an essential foundation before moving onto training as a professional counsellor or psychotherapist.

Successful completion of the 4 counselling skills modules, leads to the reward of the COSCA Counselling Skills Certificate. Each module consist of ten, 3 hour tutorials. The 4 modules can be completed over two academic years, or in one academic year by successful completion of our variant course option.

Other course open to students after the completion of modules 1 and 2 are;

An Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Counselling

A Person Centred Approach to a Helping Relationship.

What You'll Study

All the counselling skills courses are practical, experiential courses which will enable students to develop self-awareness and advanced communication skills. The five elements of theory, skills practice, professional development, personal development and ethics are present though all the courses.

Module 1 starts with introducing participants to the concepts and skills involved in a counselling approach. Then module 2 moves to explore the concept of structure when using a counselling approach, with a focus on aspects such as boundaries, change and challenge. Modules 3 and 4, review and consolidate previous learning and explore counselling approaches from different traditions.

An Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Counselling focuses on the skills used in CBT and then A Person Centred Approach to a Helping Relationship, looks in depth at the person centred humanistic approach founded by Carl Rogers.

Please contact for more information about this programme.

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • Tutorials

Assessment Methods

Assessment over the course includes four different aspects all weighted at 25% of the final grade.

Practice and participation, which involves both oral feedback and self-assessment, then written assessment in the form of a weekly journal and a final essay.

Why Study Counselling Skills?

To develop your communication skills to aid in a range of professional settings.

This range of settings includes; Support work, teaching, nursing, social work, management, supervision and many other helping roles.  

As a foundation to enter professional counselling/psychotherapy training.

Entry Requirements


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

The information displayed in this section shows a shortened summary of our entry requirements. For more information, or for full entry requirements for Arts and Social Sciences degrees, see our detailed entry requirements section.

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Fitness to Practice Guidelines

Students undertaking Education, Medicine or Dentistry programmes must comply with the University's fitness to practise guidelines.

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU £310
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2019/20 academic year. Fee is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credits.
International Students £880
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2019/20 academic year. Fee is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credits.
RUK £880
Modular fee programmes - Tuition fees for 2019/20 academic year. Fee is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credits.

Scholarships and Funding

Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland, who pay tuition fees may be eligible for specific scholarships allowing them to receive additional funding. These are designed to provide assistance to help students support themselves during their time at Aberdeen.

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.


There are many opportunities at the University of Aberdeen to develop your knowledge, gain experience and build a competitive set of skills to enhance your employability. This is essential for your future career success. The Careers and Employability Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us, from first to final year – and beyond.

Our Experts

All tutors are qualified Counsellors/Psychotherapists

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

Student Recruitment & Admissions Service
University of Aberdeen
University Office
Regent Walk
AB24 3FX