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Diploma of Higher Education in Psychology & Counseling (DHPCo)

Overview

Counseling is one of the most demanded professions in the world.

With increasing number of people in the world are feeling anxious, stressed, confused and upset due to their complicated and competitive life styles need for professionals in this field have increased largely over the years and will only further increase in the years to come.

This program is specially designed to train counselors who would cater to that need in the society.

If you are someone who have the personality factors that make you a good and a patient listener, a calm and objective adviser, this program would shape you to become and expert counselor and later on with postgraduate training, a counseling psychologist.

Students could either continue with the same combination for the final year or to switch the fields entirely in to psychology.

Program Structure

Title

RQF Level

Credits

Duration

Teaching

Scheduled Intake

Delivery & Assessment

Mode of Assessment

Location

Awarding Body

Accreditation

Diploma of Higher Education in Psychology & Counseling

Level 5

240

Full time Weekday Cohorts: 2 Years*

Part Time Weekend Cohorts: 3 Years*

Weekday Cohort: 3 days a week

Weekend Cohort: Saturday & Sunday

February & September

Module Based

Written Examinations + Coursework

On Campus in Sri Lanka*

CIRP

TVEC, MQA , ABE

Module Structure

The program- Diploma in Higher Education in Psychology (DHEP) is offered by Colombo Institute of Research and Psychology (CIRP) and is recognized by Coventry University. The program spans for 5 semesters and include a psychology placement module to enhance students applied psychology knowledge. Moreover, the modules are included into the curriculum to enhance the quality and standards of the students who wish to transfer to BSc (Hons) program as a continuation of further academic studies. The bridging modules are designed to equal the first year curriculum of any given Psychology BSc program adhering BPS guidelines.

Compulsory Modules

#
Module Name
Credit
01
Introduction to Psychology
15
02
Biopsychology
15
03
Developmental Psychology
15
04
Cognitive Psychology
15
05
Social Psychology
15
06
Quantitative Research Methods
15
07
Qualitative Research Methods
15
08
Personality
15
09
Statistics 1
15
10
Psychological Disorders
15
11
Counseling – Theories & Techniques
15
12
Counseling – Life Issues & Events
15
13
Therapy & Counseling for Children & Adolescents
15
14
Basics of Psychotherapy
15

Elective Modules*

#
Module Name
Credit
01
Memory
15
02
Placement
15
03
Basics of Neuroscience
15
04
Statistics 2
15
05
Motivation & Emotion
15
06
Human Mind & Language
15
07
Psychometrics
15
08
Counseling Trauma Victims
15

*A Student shall select 02 electives from the list given above


Total Modules

Module Type
No of Modules
Credits
Compulsory Modules
14
210
Elective Modules
02
030
Total Modules
16
240

Entry Criteria

Traditional Entry Criteria

Minimum 2 passes at GCE/ Edexcel/ CIE A/L
+ Passed 5 subjects at O/L including Maths & English

Alternative Entry Criteria

Passed CIRP International Foundation
Or Passed a Foundation program from a recognized institute
Or Recognition of Prior learning that is acceptable to academic board

Language Proficiency

A very good command of English Language in reading, writing and speaking is required to successfully complete this program.

Students whose medium of primary and secondary education is not English, should either obtain an IELTS Score of 6.00 or any other proof of proficiency of English Language acceptable to the academic board

Admission Process

All candidates are selected through an interview

FAQ’s

How often would I have to attend classes?

Students in the weekday cohort have classes usually on 3 days of the week and about 3 -4 hours of lectures a day. Classes are conducted between 9.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m.

Weekend students have classes on Sundays, usually for about 6 hours from 8.30 a.m.

How is teaching done for this program?

Each module consists of around 15 sessions of direct teaching that covers the learning objectives and small group discussions and tutorials to support students.

How are the students assessed?

Students are assessed through a combination of a module based written examinations and coursework at the end of each semester.

How many modules are delivered in a semester?

Usually each semester is allocated 3 modules.

What learning materials and resources do I have access to?

All your lecture slides could be downloaded from the Student portal and a range of e books, journals, articles and research papers are available through CIRP Online resources. You could also refer or borrow books from CIRP library, which is open from 8.00 a.m. – 8.00 p.m. on all 7 days.