Counselling and Therapeutic Communication - Certificate in Higher Education [Full-Time]

Level 4 - BTEC Professionals or NVQ Level 4 or Equivalent

Subject Area Health and Care

Attendance Full-Time


Are you looking for an introduction to the field of counselling?

The Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling Skills and Therapeutic Communication  will help you to develop an understanding of the principles and practices of communication and counselling approaches. The course will allow you to consolidate learning in practical counselling techniques, informed by the theory of counselling practice. This programme will prepare you to help others cope with their problems, such as mental health issues and relationship issues. The modules you will study will focus on person-centred counselling, current issues, and best practice within the sector.

You will benefit from current industry expertise through our extensive range of guest speakers and lectures.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 1 Year
Venue: Parsons Building, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling Skills and Therapeutic Communication is suitable for those wishing to progress into the field of Counselling, working in diverse community settings designed to provide a variety of counselling, rehabilitation, and support services. We hope that you will be able to develop skills and training and add to the knowledge and skills base in order to develop as professionals.

Qualification Gained

On successful completion, you will be awarded the Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling Skills and Therapeutic Communication by NCG.

How to Apply


Applications for full-time degrees at Newcastle College University Centre need to be made through UCAS. You can visit our institution page on UCAS here.

If you are an international student please visit our international application section for further information about how to apply and entrance requirements. Additional start dates may be available please speak to our International Office on +44 191 226 6323 or email

Course Content

• Foundation Counselling skills
Get equipped with counselling skills and contemporary approaches to counselling. You will apply some of the basic concepts of non-directive counselling to your practice in class.
• Personal Development (1)
Transition into higher education by developing the personal and professional skills necessary to successfully complete the course and become competent practitioners in a social care setting.
• Counselling Theory for Practice
An introduction to the work of the counselling psychologist. The philosophy, history and development of the Psychodynamic, Humanistic and Cognitive-Behavioural schools in counselling psychology
• Academic Study skills
You will be introduced to a range of skills, which include study skills, reflection, communication, working to deadlines, management of self and independent learning
• Exploration of Mental Health& Emotional Well-Being
Build on your intra and interpersonal skills for understanding and working with people experiencing mental health problems. You will study the concepts of mental health, co-production, recovery and person-centred practice as core foundational concepts.

Assessment Methods

A variety of methods are used for assessments such as reports, essays, portfolios, reflection, academic posters and presentations.
Assessment is carried out through in-course technical reports, presentations, case studies, peer assessments, work-based projects and time-constrained assessments.

Progression Opportunities

FdSc in Counselling Skills and Therapeutic Communication

Career Opportunities

After further studying future counselling careers could include educational counselling (where you help deal with difficulties in learning and social adjustment), forensic counselling (where you become an expert in psychological issues associated with criminal behaviours), and clinical counselling (where you deal with mental and physical health problems).
Further specialist training will be required for some careers, such as teaching, social work and nursing. For other roles you might go straight into employment and undertake job training.

Entry Requirements

The typical entry requirement is a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling.
Students would normally be in voluntary or paid work as a Counsellor or undertaking (or about to undertake) paid or voluntary work in a setting which will allow you to practice counselling skills.
We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
You may be required to attend an interview.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

Higher Education courses

Newcastle College’s tuition fee for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students studying a degree starting in 2019 is £9,000 per year. Students can choose to pay their tuition fees upfront or take out a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company, which currently defers payment until individuals earn over £25,000 per year after graduation. Students can apply for student finance by registering their details at or alternatively they can apply for student finance on their UCAS application form.