Humanistic Gestalt Counselling DipHE


Do you want to learn how to help people change something in their lives by helping them explore their issues and feelings in a safe and confidential environment?

On this Humanistic Gestalt Counselling DipHE at Eastleigh College, you'll conduct 100-hours of supervised counselling, and develop your talking therapy skills and techniques in the classroom. You'll learn how to build relationships of mutual trust and respect to create a safe space for clients and facilitate their growth and change.

By the end of your diploma, you'll be prepared for a career in a counselling role. You'll also have a foundation to apply for accreditation from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).


This course takes place at Eastleigh College. While studying at Eastleigh College, you can access the University's student support services and community including study support, the Students’ Union and our library's online resources.

What you'll experience

On this counselling diploma course you'll:

  • Learn from experienced, industry-trained staff who've worked in organisations or run their own private practices
  • Develop your knowledge of counselling theory and skills, with a focus on gestalt theory and techniques
  • Build a foundation to help work towards a further professional accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) following completion of the course
  • Use the theory and skills you learn in work-based practice on a supervised counselling placement
  • Take part in personal therapy to further develop your learning and awareness in the counselling process
  • Undertake personal research into specific areas of interest to you
  • Study at Eastleigh College

What you'll study 

On this course, you'll study modules worth 240 credits.

What you study

Core modules are:

  • Developments in Counselling Theory 1
  • Foundation Counselling Skills 1
  • Professional Issues for the Developing Practitioner
  • Developments in Counselling Theory 2 (Gestalt)
  • Counselling Skills 2 (Gestalt)
  • Personal/Professional Development 1
  • Exploring the Human Development Process
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Skills with Specific Client Groups
  • Introduction to Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Personal/Professional Development 2

There are no optional modules on this course.

Supervised counselling placement

On this DipHE in Humanistic Gestalt Counselling, you'll complete 100 hours on a supervised counselling placement. You'll enter into a written contract with the placement provider and Eastleigh College. Assessment of your practical skills as a counsellor will be by case study and portfolio.

Recent students have taken placements at CRUSE Bereavement Care, Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling (PARCS), Yellow Door (counselling for sexual and domestic abuse victims) and other counselling services.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout, including regular supervision and skills clinics every other week.


Work-based learning is central to this course and you'll apply your skills and knowledge in a professional environment.

You’ll gain skills, knowledge and competence through a range of learning methods including:

  • work-based learning
  • lectures
  • seminars
  • Saturday workshops
  • skills clinics
  • personal development groups
  • tutorials
  • module handbooks
  • a virtual learning environment (VLE)

You'll also complete a minimum of 30-hours personal therapy. You'll demonstrate your personal learning and awareness from this process in a learning journal.

Teaching staff include experienced experts who have industry experience in paid counselling roles in organisations, or who run their own private practice.

How you're assessed

On this counselling diploma, you'll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • live skills assessments (role play scenarios)
  • individual and group presentations
  • portfolios of evidence
  • case studies
  • personal learning journals
  • professional requirements (a 'Fitness to Practice' assessment)
  • supervised work-based learning

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

Feedback is central to this gestalt counselling course. You'll get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future, as well as on your application for the 'Fitness to Practice' assessment. You'll also practice giving feedback during live skills assessments, where you'll receive feedback from your peers, as well as the assessment tutor.

Careers and opportunities

This gestalt counselling course gives you the opportunity to develop as a counselling professional. Graduating with a DipHE in Humanistic Gestalt Counselling puts you in the position to further your professional qualifications or take up work in a counselling position.

What can you do with a diploma in humanistic gestalt counselling?

After the course, areas you could go into include:

  • the health sector
  • education
  • the voluntary sector
  • private practice
  • the police
  • the prison service

You can also use your Humanistic Gestalt Counselling DipHE to get entry to higher-level professional qualifications such as:

  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency – passing this makes you a registered members of the BACP (MBACP)
  • BACP Accreditation – a professional counsellor qualification that requires another 350 hours of supervised practice

You can apply for accreditation from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) provided you meet their requirements including total client hours, supervision on placement, and sufficient records of continuing professional development (CPD).

What jobs can you do with a gestalt counselling diploma?

Roles you could take on include:

  • workplace counsellor
  • university counsellor
  • drug and alcohol worker
  • eating disorder counsellor
  • learning support assistant
  • mental health professional

You can get help, advice and support from our Careers and Employability service for up to 5 years after you leave the University as you advance in your career.

DipHE Award
March Start
Full-time Study Mode
2 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

ABC level 3 certificate or diploma in Counselling. Non-standard applications that do not meet the specific admissions criteria may be subject to interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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