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BSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fully accredited by the Irish Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (IACP)


This course is designed to provide comprehensive training within the field of counselling and psychotherapy. As a college, we are committed to making transformative contributions to individuals and society as a leading educational establishment in the field of mental health and wellbeing. In recognition of the many and varied effective approaches to therapy, PCI College’s unique training programme is centred around an integrative model which is inspired by an underlying humanistic philosophy. The integrative training programme, resting on a humanistic framework, emphasises the importance of the therapeutic relationship as a medium through which healing can occur. On completion of this course, participants will qualify as skilled, competent and creative therapists, who are ready to meet with confidence the needs of a fast-evolving society and are equipped to work in a variety of settings with a wide range of presenting issues. The programme is developed, delivered and assessed by PCI College, and validated and awarded by Middlesex University.




This course is intended for people who are interested in becoming professional counsellors & psychotherapists and want to gain an honours degree and a professional qualification in counselling and psychotherapy. The course will also meet the needs of those who have an opportunity to use counselling skills as part of their work (either in a paid or voluntary capacity) or to simply broaden their qualifications.    



You will be ready to pursue a wide variety of career options including private practice and the provision of counselling services to voluntary, community and statutory organisations. You will benefit from our commitment to providing high quality, inspiring, memorable, positive, professional and potentially life-changing learning experiences through a participative, experiential programme which values the prior lived experience of each learner.

Course Details

Last few places available!

*Last applications accepted no later than the 8th September*


Venue: 63 Malone Rd, Belfast, BT9 6SA

Start Date:

Saturday 12th September 2020+


Wednesday 16th September 2020+


Saturdays*: 9.00 - 17.30


Wednesdays**: 14.00 - 20.00


*Please note all start dates are subject to change.


*Saturday programme: The course runs every other Saturday

**Weekday programme: The course runs five consecutive weeks followed by a week break.


Please Note: Course inductions will be held the week before the start date. You will receive full details with your timetable following your acceptance.


Duration: Four years, part-time.

Assessment: Assignments


The recruitment will take place as normal, however, due to the COVID19 situation, please be aware that if it is needed classes will be delivered online in compliance with further updates of the government. 


The classes will be delivered as live online lessons via Microsoft Teams, which is a platform built on Office 365. It is a secure platform and follows the compliance capabilities.


Award: Middlesex University BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy

*This programme is quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion.


Level: Level 6 FHEQ (Comparable to Level 8 NFQ)

FHEQ (Framework for Higher Education Qualification) is the UK National Framework of Qualifications.



Wondering if this is the right course for you? Read 7 Reasons to Choose PCI College Belfast for your counselling course now! 


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1. Applicants should possess a maturity to reflect on their own development as a person.


2. Applicants need to have successfully completed a:


  • Certificate course in counselling and psychotherapy (or similar) of 60+ hours.



  • Level 6 FHEQ (Comparable to Level 8 NFQ) course in, for example, psychology, social care/social work, psychiatric nursing or any discipline related to the field of counselling.



  • Show evidence of personal development /substantial life experience (for e.g., proof of volunteer work, community work, experience of counselling and/or portfolio of prior learning).


3. Entry is by the application form and interview.


*Applicants can apply for Year 2 entry where they meet the criteria for APCL. This can be assessed by completing the Course Comparison Form. Entry onto Year 2 of the BSc (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy may require catch-up work to be completed. This is based on an assessment of your prior learning, which will be discussed at interview.

Students require sufficient IT skills to complete the course. Our student portal includes a suite of academic writing tools, including webinars, in order to support and assist with the practicalities of written work. Access to these are free and highly recommended.


Students are assigned a core tutor who will be a core lecturer on their programme and with whom they will meet during the academic year to discuss progression and engagement in a supportive capacity. In years 3 and 4 as degree students become more independent learners, tutorials, seminars, and career development sessions will be provided.


Students can expect to be provided with guidance and support concerning any learning difficulties that they may encounter. Any diagnosed disability or learning difficulty, e.g. dyslexia, must be noted on the application and can be discussed further at interview, without prejudice. This is to ensure the correct supports can be provided where possible.


Language Requirements


All candidates are required to satisfy the English language requirement. Candidates whose first language is not English and who are presenting qualifications other than the Leaving Certificate may satisfy the requirement through the completion of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or equivalent, on the basis that they obtain a minimum band score of 6, which denotes a very good skill level of English. It should be noted that these are the minimum requirements in English and PCI College may set higher requirements in each case.

Talk to us:
+44 (0) 289 099 7852

Validated by:


Accredited by:


Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy 



What our Students Say

“The course has opened up my mind and my emotions to all aspects of human life both positive and negative. Because of this, I believe I am a much more rounded person & the possibilities are endless. For me the practical application along with the academic understanding really enriches the course...”
Susan Gorman - BSc (Hons) in Addiction Counselling Graduate

What our Students Say

“Excellent tutors and course-work, made this course very enjoyable. Also, Joyce in PCI was a fabulous & caring person... The Student Care Officer Phil Duggan was a great help in keeping students on track with their required hours. I found the college had a lovely approach in dealing with students & helping them to handle the pressure of completing the high level.... required.”
Jenny Hannigan - Foundation & BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy Graduate
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