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Qualification in Counselling Psychology

Discover what this qualification could offer you in your career.

About

The Qualification in Counselling Psychology (QCoP) is the independent route to training as a counselling psychologist, which is an alternative route to those undertaking a professional doctorate at university.

This is an integrated, doctoral level qualification which leads to eligibility for chartered membership of the society and full membership of the Division of Counselling Psychology.

This is a vocational course where you will be working in practice to meet the competencies required for the qualification. You will also be required to complete the QCoP specific assessments, alongside your proposed core therapy and secondary model training if not previously completed and subsequently approved of in an application for accreditation of existing competence (AEC).

Both courses would need to be delivered by a University or relevant course provider at postgraduate level i.e. minimum level 7 (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) or level 11 (Scotland), with both your core therapy needing to meet a minimum of 350 hours and your secondary model course being at least 150 hours of teaching.

Duration

  • 3 years minimum (or part-time equivalent)

Enrolment (entry) requirements

  • Graduate Membership of the society with the Graduate Basis for Chartered membership
  • An approved coordinating supervisor
  • Access to a suitable placement (paid or voluntary)
  • Consideration of your core and secondary model training (if not previously completed and approved of in an application for AEC)

Start date

  • Flexible: you can enrol throughout the year.

With the support of your supervisor, you will design your plan of training to accommodate your interests and circumstances (for instance, the therapeutic approaches that you study and the placements where you undertake your supervised practice), so long as this fits into the broad framework for the qualification. 

You will also be able to register with the Health and Care Professions Council.

If you have any questions, contact us via [email protected] or by phone 0116 252 9505. 

Outline

The QCoP involves undertaking a self-determined plan of training built around appropriate postgraduate courses in two different models of therapy, supervised client work, your own personal therapy, a written examination, and a range of written pieces of work, including a piece of research.

Through this process, you will develop and demonstrate your skills to doctoral level in order to practice independently as a counselling psychologist. 

You will receive supervision and support from your Co-ordinating Supervisor, who will act as your mentor throughout your training on the qualification, in addition to your practice supervisor (for your client work), and support from the society’s Qualifications team. 

The QCoP usually takes a minimum of three years full-time, or the equivalent if you are training on a part-time basis.

If you have already completed some relevant postgraduate training, you may be eligible to apply for accreditation of existing competence and reduce the amount of assessed work that you need to complete. 

For further information consult the appropriate handbooks and guidelines:

Enrolment

First consult the Candidate Handbook to make sure that you fulfil the entry requirements.

Next, find a Co-ordinating Supervisor using the Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors.

It is advisable to contact more than one Supervisor before agreeing terms.

Your supervisor will be able to explore with you how you might design your plan of training, taking into account any previous qualifications and your current circumstances. 

Once you have secured supervisory support, the next step is to complete and submit your enrolment application (our Candidate Handbook will help guide you through the process of enrolment and provide tips on how to complete the forms).

Pre-enrolment forms

Enrolment forms

Accreditation of Existing Competence

Additional documents

As part of your electronic enrolment you must ensure that:

  • All documents are signed with an electronic signature (scanned and inserted) and not typed
  • Certificates are authenticated copies. This means a photocopy/scanned version that has been signed by your co-ordinating supervisor with a written statement to confirm they have seen the true copy
  • The enhanced DBS is full scan of pages 1 and 2
  • All documents are enclosed in a zipped folder labelled with your name, membership number and qualification you are enrolling on

Your documents must be submitted to the office electronically via Hightail.

Submit your documents

Assessment

The QCoP consists of Documentary Evidence Units (DEUs) designed to ensure that you undertake appropriate developmental experiences including teaching, supervised client work and personal therapy, and Assessment Units (AUs) designed to ensure that you are able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills which you have developed.  

Your Co-ordinating Supervisor is available to provide feedback on your work, prior to submission, although this does not constitute a formal assessment of your work.

The final assessment on the qualification includes an oral examination, which will explore your overall competence and your professional identity as a counselling psychologist. 

Further details can be found in the Candidate Handbook.

Candidates

Pre-April 2018 Candidates

Please note: these documents are only available to candidates from the appropriate cohorts.

QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - Annual Disclosure Declaration Form
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - Final Practice Report Form
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - Plan of Training Checklist
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - Plan of Training Update Form
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - Practice Report Form
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - Quarterly Review Form (Updated)
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - Assessment Timetable 2022
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - Assessment Timetable 2023
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - AU1 Critical Incident Essay Checklist
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - AU2 Case Study Checklist
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - AU3 Process Report Embedded In Case Study Checklist
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - AU4 Anti-Discriminatory Academic Paper Checklist
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - AU5 Context Academic Paper Checklist
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - AU6 Philosophical Academic Paper Checklist
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - AU8 Research Dissertation Checklist
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - AU9 Final Practice Report Form
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - AU9 Reflective Essay and Competence Logbook Checklist
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - DEU1 Core Therapy Training Checklist
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - DEU2 Additional Training Checklist
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - DEU3 Cover Sheet
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - DEU3 Practice Logs and Reports Checklist
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - DEU4 Personal Therapy Checklist
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - Assessment Unit 1 Candidate Feedback
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - Assessment Unit 2 Candidate Feedback
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - Assessment Unit 3 Candidate Feedback
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - Assessment Unit 4 Candidate Feedback
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - Assessment Unit 5 Candidate Feedback
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - Assessment Unit 6 Candidate Feedback
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - Assessment Unit 7 Candidate Feedback
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - Assessment Unit 8 Candidate Feedback
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - Assessment Unit 9 Candidate Feedback - Essay
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - Assessment Unit 9 Candidate Feedback - Viva
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - Candidate Handbook
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - Candidate Handbook (Addendum)
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - Timetable of Forms and Processes
Past QCoP Exam Papers - 2016
Past QCoP Exam Papers - 2017
Past QCoP Exam Papers - 2018
Past QCoP Exam Papers - 2019
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - Change of Supervisor Form
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - Competence Logbook
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - Group Work Criteria & Formula
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - Induction Checklist
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - Model Format for AU3 Transcript
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - Personal Therapy Form
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - Placement Approval Pack
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - Practice Log Form
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - Practice Supervisor Statement for AU1, AU2, AU3
QCoP Pre-April 2018 Candidates - Sample Client Agreement Form

These documents can only be accessed by QCoP candidates

Post-April 2018 Candidates

Please note: these documents are only available to candidates from the appropriate cohorts.

QCoP Post-April 2018 Candidates - Anti-Discriminatory Paper Feedback Sheet (Revised)
QCoP Post-April 2018 Candidates - Case Study Feedback Sheet (Revised)
QCoP Post-April 2018 Candidates - Context Paper Feedback Sheet (Revised)
QCoP Post-April 2018 Candidates - Essay Feedback Sheet (Revised)
QCoP Post-April 2018 Candidates - Philosophical Paper Feedback Sheet (Revised)
QCoP Post-April 2018 Candidates - Portfolio Feedback Sheet
QCoP Post-April 2018 Candidates - PREICS Feedback Sheet (Revised)
QCoP Post-April 2018 Candidates - Candidate Handbook
QCoP Post-April 2018 Candidates - Core Therapy Training Checklist
QCoP Post-April 2018 Candidates - Personal Therapy Checklist
QCoP Post-April 2018 Candidates - Portfolio 1 Checklist
QCoP Post-April 2018 Candidates - Portfolio 2 Checklist
QCoP Post-April 2018 Candidates - Practice Log, Practice Report, Supervision Log Checklist
QCoP Post-April 2018 Candidates - Research Portfolio Checklist
QCoP Post-April 2018 Candidates - Secondary Model Training Checklist
QCoP Post-April 2018 Candidates - Assessment Registration
QCoP Post-April 2018 Candidates - Development Logbook
QCoP Post-April 2018 Candidates - Practice Log Form
QCoP Post-April 2018 Candidates - Practice Logs and Reports Cover Sheets
QCoP Post-April 2018 Candidates - Practice Supervisor Statement Form
QCoP Post-April 2018 Candidates - Reflective Practice and Supervision Log
QCoP Post-April 2018 Candidates - Change of Supervisor Form
QCoP Post-April 2018 Candidates - Placement Approval Pack
QCoP Post-April 2018 Candidates - Plan of Training Update Form
QCoP Post-April 2018 Candidates – Annual Disclosure Declaration Form
QCoP Post-April 2018 Candidates - Practice Report Form
QCoP Post-April 2018 Candidates - Final Practice Report Form
QCoP Post-April 2018 Candidates - Quarterly Review Form
QCoP Post-April 2018 Candidates - Research Supervisor's Report Form
QCoP Post-April 2018 Candidates - Competency Matrix
QCoP Post-April 2018 Candidates - Group Work Criteria & Formula
QCoP Post-April 2018 Candidates - Personal Therapy Form
QCoP Post-April 2018 Candidates - Sample Trainee Confidentiality Declaration
QCoP Post-April 2018 Candidates - Unit Cover Sheet

These documents can only be accessed by QCoP candidates

QCoP Clinics

We offer a telephone service for you to speak to us directly regarding any queries relating to the qualification.

Appointments must be made in advance by booking online.

Video calls can be requested on a case by case basis (i.e if you were looking to hold a conversation with your Co-ordinating Supervisor and the Registrar).

Please contact the Office a week prior to the session so this can be arranged.

Appointments must be made in advance by booking online.

Supervisors

The Counselling Psychology Qualifications Board will be running Supervisor training workshops for those wishing to supervise on the new QCoP (post-2018) qualification and to refresh their QCoP pre-2018 training.

The Supervisor training is a requirement that needs to be completed by anyone wishing to supervise candidates on the QCoP.

To be a supervisor you must be:

  • Chartered
  • HCPC Registered
  • A Full Member of the Division of Counselling Psychology (normally for at least two years)

For those already supervising on QCoP (pre-2018) route, you will be required to complete a new Module 2 distance-learning training.

For those who are not already supervising on QCoP, you will be required to complete Module 1 & 2 distance-learning trainings.

Fees

For enrolment applications submitted from 1 January 2020. A different fee structure applies to candidates who enrolled prior to 31 December 2014 – details of that payment structure can be sent upon request.

Enrolment fee

  • Amount: £90 (£75 + VAT)
  • When: upon submission of an enrolment application

This is a non-refundable fee which covers the processing and review of your enrolment application.

An invoice will be sent to you when we receive your enrolment application and this must be paid within 30 days of the date on the invoice.

We will not be able to confirm your enrolment until this fee has been paid.

Accreditation of Existing Competence Fee (AEC)

  • Amount:  £360 (£300 + VAT)
  • When: upon submission of an AEC application

This is a non-refundable fee which covers the processing and review of your AEC application.

An invoice will be sent to you when we receive your AEC application and this should be paid within 30 days of the date on the invoice.

We will not be able to confirm the outcome of your AEC application until this fee has been paid.

Qualification fee

  • Amount: £7246.80 (£6,039 + VAT)
  • When: upon confirmation of enrolment (either in full or by monthly Direct Debit)

This fee covers any support and expert advice you might need, as well as administration carried out during your enrolment by either the society’s staff or members of the Qualifications Board.

Re-submission fee

  • Amount:  £360 (£300 + VAT)
  • When: one month prior to submitting your amended work

The re-submission fee covers the cost of work carried out during the re-assessment of your portfolio.

Direct Debit

We offer flexible payment plans via direct debit to spread the cost of a qualification over your period of study. These are monthly interest free payments and you can choose to pay over 12, 24, 36 or 48 months.

We only charge you for the cost of the qualification once. If you need longer to complete the qualification we won’t charge you extra.

Please be aware that if you complete your qualification before the payment term has been completed you will be required to pay the outstanding balance before your results can be released.

Third party fees

In some cases additional fees may need to be paid in order to complete the qualification (supervision fees for instance).

These fees are not set by the society so we are unable to advise on what rates will be charged.

Fee reductions

A fee reduction of 20% is available to candidates who are in receipt of state benefits or a state pension.

Requests for reductions for other reasons will not be considered.

Formal requests for reductions must be submitted to the Professional Development Delivery Officer along with evidence of income and level of state benefits.

Review of fees

All fees charged by the society are reviewed annually and, therefore, are subject to change from 1 January each year.

Refund policy