Certificate COSCA Counselling Skills

The COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills is ideal training for those who work in health, social care or related mental health fields and want to advance their communication and counselling skills within their primary role.

Successful completion of the four modules of the course give eligibility for the award of COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills. COSCA (the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland) is the regulatory body for counselling skills in Scotland.

Due to significant demand, applications for this course are now closed to international applicants for February 2022. Please consider our following intake.

Study Options

  • 2021/22


Mode of study


Start date


Part Time
1 Year
Feb 2022
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
Certificate Part Time 1 Year Feb 2022 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
This course is open to all – experience in the field of health and social care or a field involving close personal contact with members of the public is recommended; however, applicants will be selected on their emotional readiness to undertake such a programme.

Applications for this course will be open from Summer 2021.

The course develops four essential themes – skills, theory, self-awareness and ethics.

The aims of the four module programme are to enable students to:

  • Identify the skills leading to the successful promotion of the helping relationship via self-awareness, exploration and constructive action

  • Understand the fundamentals of the counselling relationship and process, together with the composite stages of growth and development

  • Recognise and monitor the issues and boundaries relevant to the counselling process

  • Work to a professional code of ethics

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Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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Other additional costs on this course are four module handbooks at £15 each (£60 in total).


We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2 million per year.

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The course facilitates the development of advanced communication and personal skills for use within any profession or any helping role within a wide range of contexts.
Attendance is required one evening per week, plus a minimum of one weekend day per module.
COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills (COSCA is the Professional Body for Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland). The Certificate of Counselling Skills awards 40 SCQF credits at SCQF level 8.

For further enquiries please contact:

Dr Birgit Schroeter
0141 273 1694