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Counselling Skills, ISS

Counselling Skills, ISS

Course Overview


This programme is studied on campus.

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 skills modules, leads to the reward of the COSCA Counselling Skills Certificate. Each module consist of ten, 3 hour tutorials.

Other course open to students after the completion of modules 1 and 2 are;

An Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Counselling

A Person Centred Approach to a Helping Relationship.

LEARNING MODE On Campus Learning, Distance learning
DURATION 24 months
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.

Module 1 starts with introducing participants to the concepts and skills involved in a counselling approach. Then module 2 moves to explore the concept of structure when using a counselling approach, with a focus on aspects such as boundaries, change and challenge. Modules 3 and 4, review and consolidate previous learning and explore counselling approaches from different traditions.

An Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Counselling focuses on the skills used in CBT and then A Person Centred Approach to a Helping Relationship, looks in depth at the person centred humanistic approach founded by Carl Rogers.

How You'll Study

Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

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.


Dental technicians work either in commercial dental laboratories or the community or hospital dental service. Dental technicians usually specialise in one discipline within dental technology:

  • Orthodontics – creating plastic or metal devices, such as braces to straighten teeth
  • Crown and bridge work – making crowns to restore extensively damaged teeth or to replace a number of teeth with a fixed bridge supported by teeth or dental implants
  • Prosthetics – producing plastic or metal-based removable dentures which replace either some or all of the teeth.

Dental technicians work with materials such as porcelain, gold and plastic resins using both traditional techniques and more modern ones such as Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM). In a private dental laboratory, dental technicians work for a range of dental practices. In a hospital, dental technicians work with dental staff and patients, frequently this work is of a specialist nature. There are opportunities for dental technicians to progress their careers to senior technical and managerial positions.

Being listed on the General Dental Council’s List of Dental Technicians is the entry requirement for the current Clinical Dental Technician (CDT) courses in the UK. A CDT is a dental technician who has undertaken further academic and clinical study to enable them to provide some dentures and other appliances direct to the public. The CDT will undertake both the clinical and technical procedures required.

Dental Technology is also the starting point for Maxillofacial technicians. This is where the technician constructs splints and facial prosthesis for patients who have lost large areas of soft and hard tissue either through surgery or trauma.

Entry requirements



SQA Highers

Standard: AABB*

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB*

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB*

Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.


Standard: BBB*

Minimum: BBC*

Adjusted: CCC*

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL*.

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB*, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above)

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Northampton University 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 – 54 with: Listening – 51; Reading – 51; Speaking – 51; Writing – 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

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

How to apply


This programm by online learning has start dates in September and January of each academic year. 

We recommend that you apply as early as possible; this is particularly important for applicants who may need to allow sufficient time to take an English language test

Documentation required

Applications are made online via the University Application Service, EUCLID.

Please follow the instructions carefully and make sure that you have included the following documentation with your application:

  • Degree certificates showing award of degree.
  • Previous academic transcripts for all past degree programmes.
  • A reference in support or your application. The reference should be academic and dated no earlier than one year from the start of study on the LLM programme.
  • Evidence of English language proficiency, if required.

If you are currently studying for your degree or you are not in a possession of an English test result you may still apply to the programme. Please note that it is your responsibility to submit the necessary documents.

After you apply

After your application has been submitted you will be able to track its progress through the University’s applicant hub.

Application processing times will vary however the admissions team will endeavour to process your application within four to six weeks of submission. Please note that missing documentation will delay the application process.

You will be informed as soon as possible of the decision taken. Three outcomes are possible:

  • You may be offered a place unconditionally
  • You may be offered a conditional place, which means that you must fulfil certain conditions that will be specified in the offer letter. Where a conditional offer is made, it is your responsibility to inform the College Postgraduate Office when you have fulfilled the requirements set out.
  • Your application may be unsuccessful. If your application has not been successful, you can request feedback from us or refer to our guidance for unsuccessful applicants, which explains some of the common reasons we why we reach this decision.
    View the University’s guidance for unsuccessful applicants
Terms and conditions of admissions
  • The University’s terms and conditions form part of your contract with the University, and you should read them, and our data protection policy, carefully before applying.

    Northampton University admissions terms and conditions