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Qualification in Counselling Psychology

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.

Please note, 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.

If you have any questions you can contact us by phone at 0116 252 9505 or email us at [email protected]


Qualification in Counselling Psychology – Covid-19 Guidance for candidates

The Board met on 31 March 2020 to agree measures and guidance during the current COVID 19 situation.

We hope you find the below information useful and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via [email protected]

Please see agreed points in relation to undertaking the QCoP during the COVID 19 pandemic below:

  • To relax our requirement that all client, supervisory and personal therapy hours are face-to-face. Allow telephone/online counselling in cases where placements support this and where placements are able to provide students with the necessary training/equipment in order to ensure safe, ethical and good practice.

  • Placement providers will have the primary responsibility for support, supervision and ensuring that they have appropriate policies for telephone/online counselling. These policies should be communicated to the CS and sent through to us at the earliest opportunity.

  • Candidates are required to log all online or telephone hours as such in their logs.

  • Advise candidates that before agreeing to undertake online or telephone sessions, they should liaise with their CS. Consider how comfortable and skilled they feel to do this, and how appropriate it is for each client. Candidates should take time to reflect on this, seek support from their practice supervisors, read placement policies, not use personal devices or addresses, and ensure they are working with a secure platform.

  • If candidates are unable to continue with placement hours due to coronavirus (e.g. due to illness or lack of technological/placement support), then to communicate this to their CS and to keep us informed

In addition, the BPS has published a variety of useful resources which may support you at this time:

The BACP have also provided some useful links which may be relevant to your practice:

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