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Introduction to Counselling

Introduction to Counselling


As a profession, counselling has experienced tremendous expansion over the past 20 years with the growing recognition of the value of professional help and the support it can provide to people, both at home and in the workplace.

In recognition of this growing need, Wrexham Glynd┼Ár University have launched an ‘Introduction to Counselling’ module. 

Following completion of this course you may wish to progress to Dip HE Counselling

What you will study

The course introduces what exactly counselling is, offering the opportunity to develop listening skills beneficial and applicable to a wide range of work and social settings.

Those interested in professional training as a counsellor, implementing counselling skills in other professions and those looking to enhance their self-development and listening skills will be equipped with the tools and skills necessary to succeed on their chosen path.

The course also gives an insight into the history of counselling and helps develop or refresh key interpersonal and counselling skills.

Career opportunities

The course seeks to be beneficial for those who may be considering further professional training as a counsellor, people interested in considering the use of counselling skills in other professions and those interested in self-development and enhancing their listening skills.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching may include presentations by staff, pair and small group work and whole class activities such as discussions of ideas, individual reading and study, small group listening skills practice and feedback, and observation of video where appropriate.

Assessment is at Level 4 and includes 2 aspects: 

  • An essay of 1250 words demonstrating knowledge of the development of counselling and the settings in which counselling may be offered and what counselling may hope to achieve.
  • A written report of 750 words based on reflection on the development of listening skills during the course, considering personal strengths and areas for development. Giving and receiving feedback to and from other course attendees forms an important part of the course.


Entry requirements and applying

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. You may find it helpful to have some level 2 (GCSE) qualifications as study at this level will require both reading and writing skills. Those thinking of applying will find it advantageous to have some work and life experience to help put the course into context.

Attendees come from a wide range of backgrounds and ages. Diversity is welcomed.

Course duration

This course runs for 10 weeks and takes place between 6-9 pm over the following dates:

Option 1: 21st Apr, 28th Apr, 5th May, 12th May, 19th May, 26th May, 2nd Jun, 9th Jun, 16th Jun, 23rd Jun 2020.

Option 2: 14th Jul, 21st Jul, 28th Jul, 4th Aug, 11th Aug, 18th Aug, 25th Aug, 1st Sep, 8th Sep, 15th Sep 2020.


The fee for the 10-week course is £295.

Additional resources

You will need to access the library and use the University ‘Moodle’ site to access electronic resources. You will need to engage in further reading and study outside of the course teaching time.

You will be given a module handbook at the start of the course.

To book, please visit the online store.

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