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Counselling and Psychology 1200 Hours Higher Advanced Diploma


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( 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 1200 Hours Higher Advanced Diploma

Higher Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Psychology course online. In today's rapidly changing world, it is always going to be impossible to say any particular course will get you into any particular job. The world is simply changing too fast, and jobs that exist today simply might not even exist by the time you complete your studies. One thing is for sure though - people who have a better understanding of how people think, will always be valued - in virtually any workplace.

The diploma is formally accredited by the international Accreditation and Recognition Council.
The school has been assessed as having expertise in teaching Psychology, by the Complementary Medicine Association (UK). Graduates are encouraged to apply for membership of the CMA.

Wrexham University will consider this qualification for entry onto their Counselling Top-up Degree with experience.


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



 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).


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.


Learn How People Think, Interact, Respond, Grow and Develop through this 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.

  • Build your capacity to work right across the spectrum of this profession.
  • Some graduates do set up in business as a counsellor, but; 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, 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.

Workshops should make up 100 hours of relevant industry experience which may be undertaken anywhere in the world. It is the student’s responsibility to arrange attendance at workshops and to meet any costs incurred, whether at the school or elsewhere. However, the school will seek to assist students who are having difficulty finding suitable experience. Students may choose to set up their own workshops with an assessor or they may prefer to attend workshops which have already been established by counselling organisations or individuals in their own country.

You may choose to complete the workshop experience in a variety of ways.

  • One to one tuition.
  • Approved work placement.
  • Small group seminars with approved trainer.

Whilst the academy strongly advocates attendance at workshops to fulfil the supervised training aspect of the course, this may not always be possible. In that case, it may acceptable to complete the practical component by undergoing supervised training with an established counselling organisation.



This course is accredited by the International Accreditation and Recognition Council (IARC). ADL is registered in this area of training with the Complementary Medicine Association in the UK.


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 6 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:

  1. Research Project I
  2. Research Project II
    and one of the following:
  3. Workshop I or
  4. Industry Meetings or Approved Work Experience (Workplace Projects)
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 and to explore their life. It is a form of psychological or talking therapy that offers people the ability to change how they live and feel. The aim of counselling is to provide the client with a more satisfying experience of life. Everyone has different needs, so counselling can be concerned with many different aspects of a person’s life.

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!


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
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



Counselling Handbook Ebook

The engaging world of the human psyche is thrown open in this deep and intriguing ebook.  Multiple case studies help the reader explore this fascinating subject in depth.

Counselling Handbook

by the Staff of ACS

Counselling Handbook eBook course online. Full of interesting case studies, this ebook is a wonderful introduction to the complex world of the human psyche. Expand your mind and learn about what makes people tick.

Are you a good listener? Hone your skills by learning popular counselling theories and techniques. 

You will learn about: 

  • Listening skills
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Influencing skills
  • Defense mechanisms
  • Our perception of others
  • Attributions
  • Convariance theory
  • Lay epistemology

(and many more such things that may not make sense now but will by the end of the book).


1. Where can counselling be used?

2. How to see behind the mask.

3. Emotions and attitudes.

4. How to communicate better when all you have is words.

5. Theory versus practice.

6. Diffusing difficult situations.

7. Golden rules or tips.

8. Appendicies.

Extract from book:

We don’t know for sure how much of our communication is non-verbal. Estimates vary from 50% to the 80%. Non-verbal communication becomes more significant, the more mixed the messages are. So if a person is saying one thing, but their body is saying something else, we will tend to pay more attention to what their body is saying to us. Most of us are aware that this is a sign of attempted deception.
Meharabian (1971) carried out a study to see how people decide if they like each other. They looked at facial expressions and spoken words. Participants had to listen to a recording of a female saying one word “maybe” in three tones of voice – neutral, like and dislike. The subjects were then shown photographs of a female face with three expressions – neutral, like and dislike. They were asked to guess which emotion the person in the photograph, the person on the recording and both together were experiencing.

The participants were more accurate in guessing the emotion of the photographs than the voice at a ratio of 3:2. Meharabian also carried out another study where participants had to listen to nine words. Three showed liking (dear, thanks, honey), three showed disliking (brute, terrible, don’t) and three showed neutrality (oh, maybe, really). The words were spoken in different tones. The participants were asked to guess the emotions behind the words. They found that tone carried more meaning than the word.

They concluded that:

■Without seeing and hearing non-verbal messages, there can be more chance of misunderstanding.
■A lot of communication does come through non-verbal communication, but we are still unsure as to the exact amount.
■When we are not sure about a particular word, we pay more attention to non-verbal communication.
■When we do not trust a person, we pay more attention to non-verbal communication.

There are many myths about body language. For example, crossing your arm means defensiveness, covering your mouth means you are lying and so on. But we should rely more on other factors such as:

■Clusters of factors (showing more signs of non-verbal communication).
■Non-verbal behaviour at the time a question is asked, particularly if the question is embarrassing or difficult.
■Situations where the other person may not be trying to control their non-verbal behaviour.

As we said above, it is important to consider your own non-verbal communication. BUT not to such an extent that you try to control it all the time, which can make it appear false or give mixed messages from you.


Psychological Profiling EBook

This engaging text explains how psychological profiling is used to assess others – from new staff and school children to criminals and killers. 

by John Mason and the Staff of ACS

Psychological profiling is used to assess anyone from potential new staff and school children to serial killers. It helps you to determine someones personality, neuroses, mental health and career suitability. This book provides an excellent overview of psychological profiling techniques and pitfalls.

profile of an individual at its most basic is an outline of what a person is really like in terms of their personality traits and characteristics. The most widely known form of profiling is that which is used to assess criminal behaviour. This is largely due to the popularity of TV shows and books which include criminal profiling.

When we hear the term "psychological profiling", we often assume it is in relation to criminal behaviour, however profilingcan be used for a wide range of reasons, such as:

■Assessing a person’s suitability for a specific role or profession.
■Determining a specific characteristic in a person, such as intelligence or neuroses.
■Determining someone’s personality.
■Determining a person’s mental health state.
■Diagnosing clinical conditions.

We often also see tests online and in magazines that are termed "psychological tests", purporting to tell you the type of person you are by answering a few questions. Whilst these may be based upon some known pattern of traits, determining an individual’s profile is much more involved than this, and such tests only provide an indication at best. 

In light of its media and television popularity, psychological profiling has become well-known and accepted over recent years.

Profiling is essentially building up a picture of an individual’s characteristics such as likely behaviours, attitudes, personal traits, unique skills or capabilities, and so forth in relation to norms of the general population. It is an assessment carried out by a skilled psychologist, using techniques and tools from psychology to learn general and specific facts about a person. In other words, a profile is a comparison of one person’s traits and behaviours to those of everyone else. It is a picture of how similar or different someone is, how well or poorly they perform, on a range of characteristics in relation to the average scores and performances of the general population.




  • What is profiling?
  • Personality
  • Types of profiling
  • When and why do we carry out profiling
  • How profiling is done 


  • Profiling techniques 
  • Putting it all together 


  • Psychological screening 
  • What is an interview? 
  • Planning an interview: structured or unstructured 
  • Components of a profiling interview
  • What can go wrong? 
  • Dealing with interview data


  • The abc model
  • Traditional vs behavioural assessment
  • Different applications of behavioural assessments
  • Behavioural assessment techniques
  • Problems with behavioural assessments


  • The nature of traditional assessment tests
  • Reliability and validity of psychological tests


  • Applications for profiles 
  • How & where to use a profile
  • Ethics of profiling
  • Problems with profiling 
  • The future of profiling


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