Person-centred counselling and psychotherapy Certificate

What is special about this course?

This 120 hour training programme will provide a professionally recognised qualification in counselling skills, certificated by COSCA. Counselling skills can be used in the context of any kind of helping relationship as part of a counselling approach.

Entry requirements

Anyone who has an interest in learning counselling skills, and who has an opportunity to practice the skills learned on the course can apply for a place.

Contains four strands:

  • skills
  • knowledge
  • self-awareness
  • ethics

How will I study my course?

  • Evening

You will study by way of class-room based lectures and tutorials in College and by using on-line support materials. 

The Course is continuously assessed.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Orkney, Kirkwall

Start date

Variable start dates are available. Please contact UHI Orkney for more information on start dates.


Full time

If you are studying a full time Further Education course (NCs, NQs etc.) the College claims your fees from the Scottish Funding Council for students who are under 18 on the first day of the course. Students over the age of 18 on the first day of the course have to apply to Orkney Islands Council (OIC) for a tuition fees bursary.

Information on the tuition fees bursary is available on the OIC website.

Part time

Normally you are responsible for your course fees but if you are in receipt of certain benefits you may be eligible for a Part Time Course Fee Waiver. Not all part-time courses at Orkney College UHI are covered by the Fee Waiver Scheme and only certain benefits are acceptable as a basis for a Fee Waiver. Please contact the college to enquire.

If you are eligible, you may be entitled to an ILA of up to £200 a year towards a course.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Provides an excellent starting point for those who wish to train as a counsellor or psychotherapist.

Career Opportunities
Counselling skills can enhance performance in various inter-personal contexts that require people’s voices to be heard, including:

  • nursing, teaching and social work contexts
  • personnel work
  • welfare services
  • staff development and appraisal
  • management relations
  • residential and non-residential care.

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Orkney College UHI. Orkney College UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.