Counselling Skills, ISS

Counselling Skills, ISS


Study Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
Online Learning
Degree Qualification
18 months
Study Mode
Part Time
Start Month
Location of Study

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 and Listening Skills modules leads to a Certificate in Counselling Skills from the University of Aberdeen. The programme adheres to the BACP counselling skills training framework, ensuring quality and a high standard of training (BACP - British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). Each module is in a blended learning format and consists of ten weekly 2-hour online tutorials and individual learning tasks. The 4 modules can be completed over two academic years, or in one academic year by successful completion of our variant course option.

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.

The first module introduces listening and counselling skills, then introduces different counselling approaches in module 2. At module 3 the student will explore a range of mental health issues and how support is applied, then conclude at module 4 with a focus on self-care and supervision.

Please contact for more information about this programme.

We will endeavour to make all course options available. However, these may be subject to change - see our Amendments to Programmes and Courses document.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • Tutorials

Assessment Methods

Assessment over the course includes weighted essays (30%), learning logs (30%) and a practical participation sheet (40%).

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 Education 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 - 59 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency:

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

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

International Applicants

Should your programme necessitate a visit to the University you may find the following information helpful.

Immigration and Student Visas.

UK Government visa advice pages.

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
EU / International students £1,070
Tuition Fees for 2023/24 Academic Year Fee is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credits.
UK £380
Tuition Fees for 2023/24 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. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including our refund policy, please visit our 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.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

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