Postgraduate Certificate Integrative Counselling Skills

The Postgraduate Certificate Integrative Counselling Skills offers a stimulating introduction to the skills, theory and self-awareness needed to be an effective listener and communicator.

This counselling qualification can also help people in related professions such as social work, nursing or teaching to further develop and enhance their listening and communication skills.

Successful completion of this counselling course can lead onto our BACP Accredited MA/PG Diploma Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy.
However, there is no automatic progression, and all applicants will need to reapply and be successful at interview.

2022/23 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for delivering our courses in the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to change during the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. Whether you’re on-campus full time, part-time with online study, or full-time online, USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Year January Newport City C
Part-time 1 Year September Newport City C

During the Postgraduate Certificate Integrative Counselling course you will:

• develop the use of counselling skills within boundaries of ethical practice
• communicate effectively in a way that is appropriate to the confidential, sensitive nature of emotional, psychological and/or mental health issues
• critically reflect on your own awareness and your awareness of others
• demonstrate your critical evaluation and reflective understanding of the literature underpinning teaching and evidence based practice within the counselling field
• develop your understanding of counselling theory with a focus on Person-Centred, Psychodynamic and CBT approaches
• develop your understanding of integration within a counselling skills context


Initial Integrative Counselling Skills and Awareness (Level 7)
Aims to facilitate the ethical use of initial counselling skills within an integrative framework of counselling theory and engage the student in personal development through critically reflective practice.

Developing Integrative Counselling Skills (Level 7)
Aims to facilitate the intentional and ethical use of a range of advanced counselling skills within an integrative framework of counselling theory.
Develops the capacity to critically reflect on the skills development of self and others, in order to provide constructive evaluation of self-development and development of self in relation to others.

Awareness and Insight in Context (Level 7)
Aims to facilitate the critically reflective integration of skills, insight and theory into practice.


This Postgraduate Certificate Integrative Counselling Skills is 60 credits at Level 7.
You will learn through experiential exercises, skills practice, personal reflective practice work and formal teaching. You will work in pairs, small groups and larger groups.

You are expected to attend all teaching sessions and there is an 80% minimum attendance requirement.

There is no requirement for a student placement or personal therapy on this course.


To complete the Postgraduate Certificate Integrative Counselling Skills you will need to:

  • Take an active part in teaching and skills practice
  • Complete two recorded skills practice activities
  • Complete two written critical reflections on skills based activities
  • Complete an extended academic written submission


You will be taught in modern facilities with dedicated classrooms, using digital recording equipment.


Shelley Gait, course lead

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

  • Undergraduate degree and/or relevant professional qualifications  
  • Level 2/3 Counselling Skills qualifications are desirable
  • Experience of working with people in the caring field
  • Two references uploaded with your application*

* The references must be on letter headed paper or the referee can send them direct from a professional/work email address to [email protected]



Application Deadline

January intake - You are advised to apply early. It is unlikely that complete applications received after 12 noon, 1st December 2021 will be able to complete our interview process for the January start date. In this case, your application will be considered for entry the following intake, September 2022.

September intake - You are advised to apply early. It is unlikely that complete applications received after 12 noon, 1st August 2022 will be able to complete our interview process for the September start date. In this case, your application will be considered for entry the following intake, September 2023.


January 2022 Interview dates

We want to give you the opportunity to ask us questions that are important to you and we need to explore your motivation and suitability for the type of training we offer on this programme.


2nd December

7th December


September 2022 Interview dates - TBC

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees

  • Part-time UK:  £1000 per 20 credits

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future proofed.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment. Below we’ve listed what types of additional costs are associated with this course:

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Other: 20 hour placement agency costs *
For those students taking the CBT elective modules only. Costs vary.
Kingston Data Traveler Locker G3 16GB USB 3.1 GI Flash Drive USW to Cloud back-up * £25
For students to record skills assessments on data protected digistick

Apply directly to the University if you are applying for a part-time, professional or postgraduate course, an Erasmus/Exchange programme, the Legal Practice (part-time) course, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution.

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Admissions Statement

The course will help to improve your employability potential by enhancing your communication skills, in addition to helping you prepare for further professional and academic training and development.

Previous students have progressed their training further of professionally accredited counselling and psychotherapy courses or have returned to established professions or work environments with their enhanced communication and counselling skills. Graduates have found work in the NHS, private health facilities and a range of public, charitable and voluntary sector organisations.

Some have gone on to teach, to develop their research careers and to supervise.