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.

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

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

2021/22 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 pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through 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. 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

• 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
• develop your understanding of counselling theory with a focus on Persona Centred, Psychodynamic and CBT
• develop your understanding of integration


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 critical 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.
Develop the capacity to critically reflect own and others skills development to provide constructive evaluation of own development and own development in relation to others

Awareness and Insight in Context (Level 7)
Aims to facilitate the development of insight through critical reflective practice and enable the 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 development 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, personal therapy or a residential weekend 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
  • Complete two critical reflection on skills recording supported by portfolio of evidence
  • Complete two essays


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


Louise Gregory, course lead

For progression onto the Masters Programme:*

  • Undergraduate degree. (Relevant professional qualifications may be considered in place of a degree)
  • Level 2/3 Counselling qualification desirable
  • Experience of working with people in the caring field
  • Two references uploaded with your application**

For completion as a standalone qualification:

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

* Progression onto the Masters Programme without an undergraduate degree may be possible if your performance on the Postgraduate Certificate is exemplary.

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

Detailed application guidance is on the information for counselling applicant’s webpage.

You are advised to apply early. It is unlikely that complete applications received after 12 noon, 1st August 2021 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 2022.


2021 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.


15th July

7th September

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

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* 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 improve your employability by enhancing your communication skills, prepare for further professional and academic skills and development through practice.

Previous students have qualified as counselors and psychotherapists or have enhanced their existing work skills. Graduates have found work in the NHS, private health facilities and private practice.

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