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This pathway is for those who wish to study for a Psychology and/or Counselling degree at university. The Psychology and Counselling Diploma programme is the most suitable route for you if you are looking to go on to study a degree in subjects such as: Psychology, Psychology with Counselling, Criminology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, Education with Psychology, Sociology, Psychology with Professional Development or other similar subjects.


1 year

Entry requirements

Level 2 English and Level 1 Maths

Who is it suitable for?

Please note: there is no upper age limit for this course.

How much does it cost?

Fees apply to this course. If you're aged 19+ you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.
Contact Us or call 01279 868100 to get the most up-to-date info on fees and the financial support that may be available.

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Why study?

You will practise counselling techniques, investigate abnormal psychology such as schizophrenia and eating disorders and carry out minor psychology experiments to collect data and results.
You will also produce a project of own choosing by designing a methodology and carrying out primary research.

Guest speakers

  • Past students to share experiences
  • Industry workers to give career advice
  • Social Workers
  • Nurses
  • Counselling practitioners
  • Therapists
  • Essex County Council

Where will this course take me?

Once you've completed this course you can go on to study for a Foundation Degree or Degree in Psychology and/or Counselling at a University of your choice.

Possible careers

  • Counselling
  • Criminology
  • Teaching
  • Educational Psychology
  • Working with charities such as Mind

Core modules

  • Study and Research Skills
  • Research Project
  • Social Psychology 
  • Counselling in Practice
  • Applied Psychology
  • Key Counselling Skills

Graded Modules

Research Project – Methodology (Level 3, 6 credits)

Developmental Psychology (Level 3, 3 credits)

Abnormal Psychology: Eating Disorders and Schizophrenia (Level 3, 3 credits)

Aspects of Cognitive Psychology (Level 3, 3 credits)

Social Psychology  (Level 3, 3 credits)

Crime and Deviance (Level 3, 3 credits)

Counselling in Practice (Level 3, 6 credits)

Understanding Counselling Theories (Level 3, 6 credits)

Applied Psychology (Level 3, 6 credits)

Key Counselling Skills (Level 3, 6 credits)

How will I be assessed?

  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Timed assessments
  • Class discussions
  • Observable assessments

Will I have to provide anything?

Academic Resources:  Pens, Paper, Files

iPad (subject to deposit to college)

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser
Ask Us a question about this course