Cornwall College

Certificate Advanced Counselling Studies

The Cornwall College Group offers a wide range of undergraduate courses across seven campuses throughout Cornwall and Devon, including Bicton College, Cornwall College, Duchy College and Falmouth Marine School. We offer specialist courses designed with employers and delivered by industry professionals. During your studies you will get the opportunity to work on live projects and start your career before you even graduate.

Course details

  • Course overview

  • Core modules

    • Personal Development (CORC1263)

      This module will introduce students to personal development via self-reflection through experiential sessions. It will also enable students to develop self-awareness around receiving and offering empathy, and to help with practicing congruence.

    • Counselling Theory (CORC1264)

      This module will introduction students to the classical person-centred theory and application, mainly centred around Rogers’ 6 conditions, including broad overview of Personality Theory and Person-centred concept of Self.

    • Counselling Practice (CORC1265)

      This module will introduce students to practice in counselling through working in triads and dyads with peer and tutor observation, and reflective assessment of practice.

    • Professional Development (CORC1266)

      This module requires students to understand the professional components which underpin counselling practice. Students will consider professional boundaries, contracting, making a referral and assessment methods. Students will also be introduced to the importance of supervision.

    • Counselling Contexts (CORC1267)

      The module requires students to consider the impact of socio-cultural factors and the wider contextual issues that affect clients and impact on the counselling process. The module will address socio-cultural and systemic issues and how they relate to the client and theoretical underpinning of counselling practice.

    • Ethical Issues in Counselling (CORC1268)

      This module requires students to apply BACP Ethical guidance to a range of client dilemmas. They must apply professional and legal considerations to their exploration of complex issues.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code.
To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit

Our partnership with Cornwall College

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with Cornwall College

Looking to study a specialist subject at university level? Want to do it in one of the most beautiful places in the world? Our wide range of courses gives you the chance to pick up the skills and experience you’ll need for your chosen profession.
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