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Counselling and Psychology Level 6 Higher Advanced Diploma

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( Tanaeia, 15/08/2019 ) Q: Hello, Does this course allow me to practice as a counsellor? I've researched a number of counselling diplomas/courses and practical experience seems to be part of the eligibility criteria. I noticed this is not the case for this qualification.
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( Jyothirmai, 28/12/2018 ) Q:

Hi This is Jyothirmai Parimisetti from India. I am working with well reputed educational university. I am planning to enhance my qualification for my further career growth. What is the preferable educational eligibility for Counselling & Psychology...Please update. Thanks Jyothirmai Parimisetti

( 28/12/2018 ) A:

Hello Jyothirmai,

Thank you for getting in touch.

There are no prerequisites for the course. Each module making up the Higher Advanced Diploma has been designed over many years by industry relevant professionals, to be completed students with no counselling and psychology background. The only requirement is that you should have a good standard of reading and written English. Our courses are open to anyone who wishes to improve their professional development, or to set up their own counselling practice in the UK and other countries where counselling is an unregulated profession.

I hope that this helps.


( Dominique, 04/01/2018 ) Q:

Hi, you stated below that - "a degree is also a level 6 qualification, you may decide to use it to go on to do a Masters (level 7) qualification instead" - Do you know any Uni's/Education bodies that accept this qualification onto a masters degree? Many thanks.

( 04/01/2018 ) A:

Hi Dominique.

Thank you for your question.

We have been informed that Wrexham and Sunderland will accept this qualification with relevant work experience on to their degree programs. However i is probably not sufficient to get on to a Master's without doing some top up subjects to turn it into a degree first. It would be a good idea if you contacted either or both universities to discuss this with them before enrolling.

I hope that this helps.

( Amen Shaheen, 23/03/2017 ) Q:

Hi, i have 3 questions 1) this diploma is equivalent to what level? 2) if i do this diploma, can i use it as my foundation degree for further studies(BSc degree)? 3) What is the entry requirment for this course?

( 23/03/2017 ) A:

Hello Amen and thank you for your questions about the course.

The Higher Advanced Diploma has been assessed at level 6 when compared to the UK Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) and the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

Many students have used our courses to go on to university and we advise you to check with those that you are interested in, before enroling. Howether, as a degree is also a level 6 qualification, you may decide to use it to go on to do a Masters (level 7) qualification instead, or you may just decide to practice with this qualification only. 

There are no entry requirements for the course, other than a good standard of English. We include free courses in Academic Writing and Critical Thinking for those students who haven't done this level of study before, to help every student to succeed with us. 

As you will see from the course page, the course has been endorsed by an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation. The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) is a non-ministerial government department that regulates qualifications, exams and tests in England. Colloquially and publicly, Ofqual is often referred to as the exam "watchdog". 

It has also been accredited by ACCPH - The Professional Body for Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Clinical Hypnotherapists and the better known CMA - The Complimentary Medicine Association. Both organisations allow you to join them and put letters after your name.

The course hours of 1200 should be taken as a guide only, because we encourage students to work at their own pace. 

The course aims to give you an education that will serve you for life; it is not designed to be a "fast track" qualification where you study, pass an exam and then forget what you learnt. It will not only present you with information, but also guide you through a series of experiences that will improve your ability to understand, communicate, solve problems and continue expanding your knowledge and skills within the discipline you study. 

I hope that this is helpful.

( Bethany Aquarone, 08/11/2016 ) Q:

I'm wondering if someone can offer some advice about this course. I have an undergrad MA in Psychology & Philosophy from Edinburgh University. Following the completion of this, I trained as a secondary school teacher and have been a fully qualified English + Literature specialist for 6 years, 4 of which have been in Kenya (where I still live). I also have an MA in Education from Manchester University. However, I'm ready to leave teaching and want to go back into psychology. The problem: with two MAs already (although the psych one was an undergraduate course), I'm not sure what course is best to enroll on in order to 'get into' counselling. Some courses seem to have a firm route in 'an introduction to psychology' which I have already covered in depth. Is there a way of using my existing degrees as credits towards the higher advanced diploma for example? Any help would be hugely appreciated!

( 08/11/2016 ) A:

Hi Bethany,

Thank you for your question and the biography on your previous qualifications.

I am please to confirm that you can indeed use your previous credits against a qualification from us. Here is the relevant link on our website regarding RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning).


The main thing is to ask for a form to complete and email it back to us with your proof of prior learning. Our Founder and Director of Vocational Training: Daryl D Tempest-Mogg, will look at your previous qualifications and let you know how much of the course you can be excused from, along with any cost reduction.


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Counselling and Psychology Level 6 Higher Advanced Diploma

Higher Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Psychology course online. Counsellors and psychotherapists are in high demand! The industry is currently worth in excess of £60 billion in the UK alone, so if you believe you have the attributes to become part of something bigger than you ever imagined, then this course with mentor support, will provide you with all the necessary skills to be successful.

We will take you on a journey to enrich your own life and the lives of others. Your journey to a new rewarding career will begin with you gaining a solid foundation of general counselling including in: counselling skills and techniques, basic psychology and in how to follow correct procedures and protocols as a fully qualified practitioner.

Once you complete the core modules of the course, you'll be ready to choose the specialised modules that really interest you. Perhaps you would like to help children and families? Support people through grief? Or major in life coaching or other life skills? You can choose one of our comprehensive courses in these and other elective options.

Learn How People Think, Interact, Respond, Grow and Develop through this accredited Level 6 online Higher Advanced Diploma:

  • Help People
  • Manage People
  • Teach People

The Psychology profession is much more than just Counselling; and a successful career requires much more than just a qualification. With this program, you can build your capacity to work right across the professional spectrum. Some graduates open their own practicer, operating either their own clinic or working to provide support services with another medical or complimentary medicine professional. Many others use this as a starting point for a career in industries such as: management, marketing, education, welfare industries, employment services, industrial relations and health and media.


Six Core Modules: The course is sequenced so that foundation knowledge and skills are established through completion of the core unit modules.  Students will be expected to complete these modules before undertaking any of the other course components.

Six Elective Modules: Elective studies will broaden foundation knowledge and skills into other areas which are of value to persons working in one or several sectors of counselling.  They give the student the opportunity to study areas that are of interest to them.

Research Projects: Successive ‘research projects’ will build on and reinforce the core learning.  Each research project is 100 hours duration and contains 2 parts: the first part assists the student in developing research skills, whilst the second part involves carrying out a relevant research project.

Research Project I: This develops the student’s ability to plan and conduct research, and involves a minor statistical research project and report.

Research Project II: This further develops the student’s ability to monitor and evaluate a common process (or processes) relevant to their studies.

Workshops: Workshops and assessment of student practical skills must be completed after the student has passed the core modules of this course. Alternatively, the student may undertake this after completing all study modules.




Lesson Structure: Our Higher Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Psychology VPS007

Core Modules:  These modules provide foundation knowledge for the Diploma In Counselling & Psychology.

  1. Counselling Skills I BPS109
  2. Counselling Skills II BPS110
  3. Introduction To Psychology BPS101
  4. Psychology & Counselling BPS102
  5. Counselling Techniques BPS206
  6. Professional Practice in Counselling BPS207

 Elective Modules:    In addition to the core modules, students study any 4 of the following 17 modules.

  1. Aromatherapy VHT104
  2. Biopsychology I BPS108
  3. Child Psychology BPS104
  4. Health & Fitness I BRE101
  5. Human Nutrition 1 BRE102
  6. Industrial Psychology BPS103
  7. Marketing Psychology BPS107
  8. Sports Psychology BPS106
  9. Stress Management VPS100
  10. Adolescent Psychology BPS211
  11. Aged Care and Counselling BPS212
  12. Conflict Management BPS201
  13. Family Counselling BPS213
  14. Grief Counselling BPS209
  15. Relationships & Communication Counselling BPS208
  16. Crisis Counselling BPS304
  17. Life Coaching BPS305

Note:  each module in the Diploma In Counselling & Psychology is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

Stream Modules: Choose 1 from the 3 options below:

  1. Research Project I
  2. Workshop I
  3. Industry Project I

or Approved Work Experience.

Scope of Counselling

Counselling means different things to different people. It is not a 'get well quick' option, offering quick answers, but is asking the person to engage in a process and an exploration. There are many definitions of counselling. A simple version is that counselling is a working relationship where the client is helped to manage what is happening in their life, by exploring their challenges. It is part of a group of disciplines covering mental health, known as Taliking Therapis, which seek to help people change how they think and feel. The aim of counselling is to provide the client with a more satisfying experience of life. Everyone has different needs, so you will need to be adaptable for every new client. .

Counsellors may work in any of the following situations:

  • Churches & Welfare organisations employ counsellors on all levels -from minimally trained volunteers to highly trained professionals
  • Careers Advisors in Employment Agencies, with Resume Writing Services, Employment Support offices (government, universities, etc)
  • Life Coaches, Food/Weight Consultants, etc
  • Youth Workers, Social Workers, Family Support Services, Health Support Services
  • Funeral Services
  • Industrial relations negotiators, union representatives
  • Teachers, Lecturers, School & College support staff
  • Support staff for medical practitioners -chiropractors, doctors, physiotherapists etc, are increasingly using counsellors to provide a supplementary service through their clinic
  • The scope and nature of counselling keeps changing, and job opportunities keep changing -It is a certainty that some of the best opportunities you will find after graduating, have probably not even been conceived at the time you commence    your study. This is the nature of today's world!


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Speaking with one of our trained friendly Course Advisors can help you decide. 

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Our educators and support staff will take your call. 

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Your learning experience with ADL will not only depend on the quality of the course, but also the quality of the person teaching it. This course is taught by Iona Lister and your course fee includes unlimited tutorial support throughout. Here are Iona's credentials:

Iona Lister course tutorIona Lister
Licentiate, Speech and Language Therapy, UK, Diploma in Advanced Counselling Skills.

Iona has been a clinician and manager of health services for fifteen years, and a trainer for UK-based medical charities, focusing on psychosocial issues, mental health disorders, and also the promotion of communication skills for people in helping roles. She tutors and facilitates groups via workshops and teleconferences, and now specialises in Sight Loss. As a freelance writer, she contributes regular feature articles for magazines, has written five published books, as well as published courses relating to personal development and counselling skills.


Iona has also written published books, courses and articles across a wide range of subjects, mostly in the areas of health, counselling, psychology, crafts and wildlife.

She has drawn experience from clinical and managerial experience within the NHS as well as medical and humanitarian subjects. She has been a regular feature writer and expert panel member of a national magazine for six years.

Books include: A Guide to Living with Alzheimer's Disease (and associated dementias), The Psychology of Facial Disfigurement; a Guide for Health and Social Care Professionals, When a Medical Skin Condition Affects the Way you Look; A Guide to Managing Your Future, Facing Disfigurement with Confidence, Cross Stitch: A Guide to Creativity and Success for Beginners.
Courses written include: Mental Health and Social Work, Counselling Skills, Understanding and Responding to Substance Misuse, Journalling for Personal Development, Guided Imagery, Stress Management.


Current work includes: Tutor: Courses associated with Creative Writing, Counselling Skills, Psychology, Holistic Therapy, Certified Hypnotherapist and Hypnotension Practitioner. 

Facilitator of Teleconference Groups: Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) 

Trainer (Skills for Seeing): Macular Society 

Reviewer of Books/Information: Macmillan Cancer Support 


Fundraiser: Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Embroidery/Art Groups Facilitator, Board Member

Website Manager: The Strathcarron Project, Coordinator (Delaware & Tennessee) Human Writes



TQUK Approved Centre logoThis Higher Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Psychology is endorsed by TQUK -  an Ofqual approved awarding organisation.



ACCPH accredited course logo This course is accredited by ACCPH and allows you to join as a professional member after completion. Membership allows you to add the letters MACCPH after your name (post-nominals).


CMA accredited course logo

This course has been accredited by the CMA - The Complimentary Medical Association. On completion of any qualifying module, you can join as a "Fully Qualified Practitioner" and be entitled to use the post-nominal latters "MCMA" after your name. CMA Full Membership is a privileged position and the fact that you have been accepted for CMA Membership demonstrates that you have a clear commitment to standards and professionalism. CMA Members in all categories are recognised as the elite in their field.



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Course Prerequisite None - Our course levels are an indication of the depth of learning you should receive. They do not describe the level of difficulty.
Course Qualification (Study Option A)Endorsed Qualification from TQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation - Completed written assignments, plus final exam (N.B. Some courses have Final Project alternative).
Course Qualification (Study Option B)N/A
Comparative Credits InformationUK Course Credits: 1200 - U.S. Credit Hours: 36 - when compared to regulated courses.
Course Duration and Deadlines1200 hours approx. Course hours given are a guide only. Work at your own pace with no assignment deadlines or completion date. You are in control!
Study SupportPersonal tutor/mentor support from industry relevant professionals throughout your whole course. Mentors are contactable by e-mail, telephone and through the online classroom. They provide assistance with your course material, plus discuss, explain and give advice when needed.
Suitability for Self Employment and Small BusinessesOur courses are ideal for sole traders and small business owners and their staff. Customer confidence in what you can do will determine how successful you are in getting clients. Completing one or more of our courses for the service you have to offer, will give you the tools to grow your business.
Recognition of Your Course By EmployersWe aim to achieve the correct balance between your qualification being recognised and providing you with the in-depth learning, to empower you to succeed. Select study option A when enrolling, so an employer can check the status of the awarding organisation for your qualification on the Ofqual Register.
Recognition of Your Course By UniversitiesPrevious students have used their qualification to get into university. However each one will have its own entrance criteria and acceptance may also depend on your other qualifications and experience.
Designing Your Own QualificationBundle up your choice of related courses to form your own qualification. Choose from a Diploma (6 courses), Advanced Diploma (8 courses) and Higher Advanced Diploma (12 courses.
How Can I Enrol?Online via eCommerce, by completing our Online Application Form, or by calling us on +44 (0) 1227 789 649. Lines open 9am till 5pm Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays and between Christmas and New Year.
How Can I Get a Pro-forma Invoice for my Employer?Contact us with details and we will email your employer an invoice. We will need: employer's name, address, telephone number, email address and contact name. We will also require your name, telephone number, email address, date of birth and the course and code you wish to enrol for.
ACCPH Professional AccreditationAccredited by ACCPH, which allows you to join as a professional member after completion. Membership means you can add the letters MACCPH after your name.
CMA Professional AccreditationAccredited by the CMA - The Complimentary Medical Association. On completion of any qualifying module, you can join as a Fully Qualified Practitioner and be entitled to use the post-nominal latters MCMA after your name. ​CMA Full Membership is a privileged position and the fact that you have been accepted for CMA Membership demonstrates that you have a clear commitment to standards and professionalism. CMA Members in all categories are recognised as the elite in their field.

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"The course was a valuable learning experience as it provided me with the knowledge and understanding for me as a Careers Advisor. The feedback was very good from my tutor, and allowed me to  build upon my assignments that were marked. The comments were very informative  and very useful. Well written course material."  Andrew W, Careers  Counselling, UK

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