For 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of this programme are delivered. Find out more
An intensive foundation in counselling for those who meet elements of counselling in their day-to-day work and who wish to enter this field professionally.
This programme is designed to provide an intensive foundation in counselling for those who meet elements of counselling in their day-to-day work, and who wish to enter this field professionally, but lack sufficient experience and qualification to study at a postgraduate diploma level.
The programme is taught by means of theoretical lectures, seminars, experiential workshops, and group tutorials. You’ll study key theoretical concepts that inform the practice of humanistic and psychodynamic counselling and will identify the specific responsibilities and processes of the counselling alliance.
The programme is particularly suitable for those who wish to apply to our MA in Counselling.
Please note: Entry requirements for further qualification vary considerably between institutions. Students are expected to conduct their own research before applying
The programme covers
- Humanistic approaches to counselling, with special emphasis on the philosophy and influence of Carl Rogers
- Psychodynamic principles of counselling, with reference to growth and development, unconscious processes and intra-psychic conflicts
- The ethics of counselling: boundaries and responsibility
- Good practice and care for the counsellor: self-awareness, supervision and meeting your own needs
- Transcultural Counselling, looking into issues of diversity and dominance in the counselling relationship
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Tali Lernau.
What you'll study
For 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of certain programmes are delivered. To check what changes affect this programme, please visit the Programme Changes page
This course takes place over 26 weeks. In 2018-19, teaching will take place on Wednesdays, 6-9pm.
- Defining the counselling alliance
- Fundamental conditions of the counselling relationship
- Overview of the humanistic framework
- Carl Rogers and person-centred counselling
- Gerard Egan's goal-orientated approach
- Existential philosophy and Gestalt therapy
- Comparing and contrasting the different humanistic theories
- Defining the psychodynamic model (Freud, Klein)
- Introduction to human growth and development
- Attachment, containment and trust (Bowlby and Winnicott)
- Unconscious processes: transference and countertransference, projection and introjection, defence mechanisms
- Defining Transcultural Counselling and its impact
- Exploring issues of diversity, gender, race, and power in the counselling relationship
- Ethical professional frameworks, supervision, and self-care
- Treatment ending
Assessment is continual and is carried out by means of 2 essays of 2,500 words; a reflective journal and a practical skills assessment. Students must pass all four essays pieces of work to be awarded the Certificate. 40% constitutes the pass mark.
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
You must be able to demonstrate:
- a commitment to counselling as a profession
- an ability to sustain academic study
- the potential to develop those qualities essential to counselling, for example empathy and sense of self
We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.
If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.
Fees, funding & scholarships
In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.
There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.
Find out more about postgraduate fees and explore funding opportunities. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.
How to apply
You apply directly to Goldsmiths using our online application system.
Before submitting your application you’ll need to have:
- Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
- The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
- A personal statement – this can either be uploaded as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online
- If available, an electronic copy of your educational transcript (this is particularly important if you have studied outside of the UK, but isn’t mandatory)
You'll be able to save your progress at any point and return to your application by logging in using your username/email and password.
When to apply
We accept applications from October for students wanting to start the following September.
We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you haven't finished your current programme of study. It's very common to be offered a place that is conditional on you achieving a particular qualification.
Late applications will only be considered if there are spaces available.
Admission is by group interview.
Find out more about applying.
You'll develop critical, communication and interpersonal skills, and listening skills.
Suitable careers for graduates of this programme include:
- support and welfare work
- residential social work
Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.