This programme is studied on campus.

The Counselling Skills Programme is suitable for anyone who wants to improve their interpersonal skills for personal development or to use in a helping or caring work role. This is an excellent starting point to train as a counsellor or psychotherapist.

On successful completion of Counselling Skills courses 1-4, a COSCA Certificate is awarded and students may progress onto advanced courses including:

  • Person Centred Counselling
  • The Psychodynamic Approach
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Mindfulness
  • Cognitive Behavioural Counselling
  • Person Centred Counselling Supervision
  • Counselling Skills Dissertation with Group Instruction
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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
24 months
Study Mode
Part Time
Start Month

What You'll Study

Supervision Certificate

Friday 26 & Saturday 27 Oct 2018 10:00-17:30 MacRobert Building

Friday 16 & Saturday 17 Nov 2018 10:00-17:30 MacRobert Building

Friday 14 & Saturday 15 Dec 2018 10:00-17:30 MacRobert Building

Friday 17 & Saturday 18 Jan 2019 10:00-17:30 MacRobert Building

Please contact for more information about this programme.

Course Availability

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

Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Why Study Counselling Skills?

All our courses in the School of Education are based on the person centred philosophy created in the 1950s, by the psychologist Carl Rogers; the person-centred approach ultimately sees human beings as having the innate tendency to develop towards their full potential. It is through this approach that the counsellor is able to offer the conditions of empathy, unconditional positive regard and congruence. Counsellors through their training develop empathetic relationships and explore things from the speaker’s frame of reference.
The course will teach effective communication and relationship building skills which include: active listening, clarification, reflection, inquiry, attunement, and empathy.

Entry Requirements


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

Further detailed entry requirements for Arts and Social Sciences degrees.

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.

Fees and Funding

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

Fee Waiver

For international students (all non-EU students) the tuition fee charged upon entry will apply to all years of study; however, most international students will be eligible for a fee waiver in their final year via the International Undergraduate Scholarship.

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU £295
Modular fee rate - for students studying in 2018/19 Fee is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credits.
International Students £840
Modular fee rate - for students studying in 2018/19 Fee is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credits.
RUK £840
Modular fee rate - for students studying in 2018/19 Fee is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credits.

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.


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Our Experts

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