By providing both foundational and professional training in a single programme Abertay are giving you the opportunity to undergo a three year part-time degree as a direct entry in to a counselling career.
Our graduates have moved on to work within the field of counselling, psychotherapy, social care, research and education. Some graduates choose to enter private practice, while others remain in the voluntary sector. In addition it is possible to go on to train in counselling supervision.
An MSc in Counselling also provides transferable skills, and can considerably enhance career prospects for people working in health, education, the church, criminal justice, human resource management, and the voluntary sector.
The Abertay counselling programme has strong links with a number of counselling and social care agencies within Scotland. These relationships ensure the smooth management of student placements and professional development.
All staff are members and accredited trainers for BACP, with one currently representative at BACP governance level.
Costs beyond the programme fees include the requirement for external supervision for practice placements. Students are required to have an hour and a half minimum of supervision per month. Costs can vary according to the supervisor, but range from around £20 - £50 per hour.
Practice placement as a trainee counsellor at an organisation providing one-to-one adult counselling is an essential requirement of years one and two.
What do students studying counselling here say?
‘I am a teacher in Further Education. I'd say I find myself in a 'counselling' setting with my learners at least once a day. I chose the course so that I could improve my counselling skills and offer my students a better, more 'authentic' experience. What I am currently learning on the course is invaluable. I'd highly recommend it.’ (Anna, Fife)
‘The counselling department at Abertay is made outstanding by both its passionate staff, and its commitment to a pluralistic focused curriculum. As a student I felt truly valued as part of a therapeutic community, which allowed me to safely explore and expand my abilities as a counsellor. The pluralistic focus also allowed a depth and breadth of study, which was hugely rewarding, and gave me great confidence to begin practicing in innovative ways. I cannot imagine training anywhere else. ‘ (Fiona, Glasgow)
‘Studying counselling at Abertay has been extremely rewarding. Not only has it given me a new career path, it has also enabled me to gain insight about myself and others, which has helped me both professionally and personally.’ (Sally, Angus)
‘I met lovely people, some of whom have become really special friends. The tutors are amazing and I learned how to open up and trust those who entrusted me with their own special stories of life. This course enables one to better understand others and ourselves, giving more depth to relationships and life in general.’(Joyce, Fife)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can I apply if I have a Certificate in Counselling, but no degree?
If you have a counselling certificate, without a degree, your application might be considered through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) route. We would be looking for you to have extensive experience (over five years) within a counselling setting. Interview would be at the discretion of the Programme Leader.
We’d also require evidence of the ability to study at level 11 (postgraduate). There are a number of ways that this might be demonstrated. It could be evidence of studying at level 10 (degree level), an OU course or similar, or a part-time Counselling skills course at level 9/10. We may also consider those who are employed in a graduate role, for example, a nurse who has not obtained a degree.
In some cases we may ask you to provide an essay to demonstrate evidence of critical argument and literacy skills. Often it may be a combination of achievements and experience that demonstrate this ability.
When do the placements take place?
During Year 2 and Year 3. Students are required to organise their own placement.
Do I have to pay for the placements?
No, but you are required to have monthly private supervision. This can cost between £20-60 per month.
Are students required to undertake self-therapy?
No, we do not require students to undertake self-therapy, although it may be helpful for students, and there is counselling offered by Abertay
Is the course accredited?
As it is a professional counselling qualification, the course is accredited with British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). It is not accredited by the BPS, as it is a counselling course.
Is the course full or part time?
It is part-time over three years.
Can I gain advanced entry?
It is not possible to gain advanced entry to this programme. We ask students to join us from Year 1. The reason for this is that the programme is designed to be a holistic development for practitioners, and while we appreciate and acknowledge that students sometimes come with a wealth of experience, part of the learning involves being part of a stable community of practitioners during training.
Which days of the week do I need to attend?
Generally, Year 1 runs on a Monday, Year 2 runs on a Tuesday, and Year 3 will run approximately every second Thursday depending on subject choice.
However due to the nature of timetabling, the specific days the programme runs on are subject to change and cannot be guaranteed.