The Certificate in Counselling Skills is designed for those who work in health and social care or related fields, and need advanced communication and counselling skills within their primary role.

Successful completion of the four modules of the course give eligibility for the award of COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills. COSCA (the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland) is the regulatory body for counselling skills in Scotland.

What you will study

The course develops four essential themes – skills, theory, self-awareness and ethics.

The aims of the four module programme are to enable students to:

  • Identify the skills leading to the successful promotion of the helping relationship via self-awareness, exploration and constructive action
  • Understand the fundamentals of the counselling relationship and process, together with the composite stages of growth and development
  • Recognise and monitor the issues and boundaries relevant to the counselling process
  • Work to a professional code of ethics

Entry requirements

This course is open to all – experience in the field of health and social care or a field involving close personal contact with members of the public is recommended; however, applicants will be selected on their emotional readiness to undertake such a programme.

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees need to be paid to the university however some students are eligible for tuition fee support. The fees you pay and the funding and support available is determined by your fee status. Find out more about fee status.


The Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) offers a part-time fee grant for those who meet the criteria. Further information and application forms can be found on the SAAS website.

Additional costs

There are no additional costs for this programme.


We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

If you have any questions or enquiries regarding scholarships available for 2018/19, please feel free to contact the student enquiries team.

Study mode

Attendance is required one evening per week, plus a minimum of one weekend day per module.


COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills (COSCA is the Professional Body for Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland). The Certificate of Counselling Skills awards 40 SCQF credits at SCQF level 7.

Employment opportunities

The course facilitates the development of advanced communication and personal skills for use within any profession or any helping role within a wide range of contexts.

Program taught in:
  • English

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