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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]

Fees

For enrolment applications submitted from 1 January 2020

NB: 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.

It also pays for one assessment of each element of the Qualification.

If you are referred for further assessment on any element a re-submission fee will become due.

Should you withdraw from the qualification a refund may become due (please see the Terms and Conditions for further information).

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 01 January each year.

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