Diploma in Bereavement Counselling


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Diploma in Bereavement Counselling

 Why Oxford Learning College 


This Quality Assured Level 3 Diploma course is designed to follow on from, and compliment the basic or introductory counselling course. Reappraisal of basic counselling skills and core knowledge will be covered, together with a detailed examination of the five approaches or theories counselling.

Specific attention will be given to psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural and person-centred approaches, which will give students a fuller working knowledge and understanding of advanced counselling skills. In specialist counselling fields, these advanced skills are necessary in order to be able to recognise and deal with the complex range of client needs, together with being able to understand the origins of these particular emotions and possible physiological factors.

The course consists of 10 modules and is assessed by an online examination to complete the course.

Course Content

Module 1: Reappraisal, approaches and theories of counselling

The first module reflects on previous knowledge and looks in detail at the five theories which have been adopted as the main approaches in counselling. The work of Freud, Rogers, Skinner, Ellis, Jung and Eagan will be looked at in brief in this module, and the corresponding counselling approaches examined.


Module 2: The psychodynamic approach

Students will look at how the psychodynamic approach works and is applied to the counselling situation. Specific examples and activities will give the student indications as to which particular set of client conditions benefits most from this approach.


Module 3: The cognitive behavioural approach

In this module students will look at how the cognitive behavioural approach works and is applied to the counselling situation. Specific examples and activities will give the student indications as to which particular set of client circumstances benefits most from this approach.


Module 4: The person-centred approach

This module will look at how they work and are applied to the counselling situation. Specific examples and activities will give the student indications as to which particular set of client circumstances benefits most from this approach.


Module 5: Process, skill and boundaries

Students will have the opportunity to examine the counselling process itself and the skills needed in bereavement counselling. The module will also discuss boundaries or limitations in this most sensitive area of work and will look at how to recognise and deal with these limitations; where to go next and what the following steps are.


Module 6: Loss; concepts, origins and perspectives

The main focus of this module is looking at the concepts of loss in terms of how humans interpret different kinds of losses, and how these losses are put into categories. Cultural issues within a multicultural society will be examined, together with peoples perspectives on the loss of life and the historical denial or fear which has evolved since modern 'death' has become an unseen event.


Module 7: Understanding bereavement

The grieving process is the main topic area for this module, students will learn to understand the individual needs of people dealing with bereavement, and will give an insight into the implications of the process which can be psychological and physiological.


Module 8: Responding to grief

Bereavement counselling sessions are covered within this unit. Students will extend their vocabulary of the subject area. Appropriate vocabulary, expectations and responses will be examined, and there will be detailed references to particular skills which should be employed in certain situations.


Module 9: Bereavement counselling for special groups: Part 1

The remaining two modules both focus on counselling for special groups. In this module the student will learn how to deal with special individual groups: the loss of a partner, loss of a child, bereavement through trauma, disaster, war, terrorism and suicide.


Module 10: Bereavement counselling for special groups: Part 2

This module looks at the remaining special groups: children's bereavement, the loss of a pet, empathetic grief, and other bereavement situations.


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Entry Requirements

All students must be 16 years of age and above.

Level 3 Diploma courses require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order that students can manage their studies and the assumed knowledge within course content.

Study Hours

Approximately 20 hours per unit

Assessment Method

Final online multiple choice examination.

Please note that you can enrol on this course at anytime.


Diploma in Bereavement Counselling

This course is Quality Assured by the Quality Licence Scheme
Quality Assured by QLS

At the end of this course successful learners will receive an e-Certificate from Oxford Learning College. There is also the option to purchase an Embossed Certificate and also a certificate from ABC Awards for the qualification.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Oxford Learning College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.

The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Oxford Learning College to meet specific learners' and/or employers' requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers. Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

How can I progress

For more information on how to progress after completing this course, please click here

Additional Information

You will receive a certificate from the College. A digital version is included in the price and will be emailed to you within 5 days of taking your online exam.

Should you require an embossed hard copy of your certificate to be sent to you by Special Delivery post, you can order this separately after taking your exam.

The course can be enrolled upon by students Internationally. There are no deadlines for enrolments.

To view the differences between our qualifications, please click HERE

What's Included

Online study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the Diploma. Support is provided by the tutor department for the duration of the course (1 year). Certification upon completion. All examination fees.

Course Fee


Payment by Instalments

Students are able to pay course fees in monthly instalments. Click here to download our instalment plan.

Further Information

The Quality Assured Diploma is a Level 3 equivalent on the National Qualifications Framework. The Diploma is a 1 year course which is self study and is examined by online examination. The Diploma is awarded by Oxford College. Upon completion of the course you will receive certification awarded by Oxford College.

The Level 3 Diplomas require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order to for students to manage study and the assumed knowledge within course content.

They provide an ability to gain and apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding in a specific subject at a detailed level. Level 3 qualifications such as A levels, NVQ3, BTEC Diplomas etc. are appropriate if you plan to progress to university study.

Level 3 Diploma courses can assist you in career development, continued professional development, personal development, and provision of a basis for further study.

Progression from Level 3 is to specialist learning and detailed analysis of a higher level of information (for example university level study, Diploma Level 5 study).

Your course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website.

This is a flexible learning course, so the more time you have to commit to your studies, the sooner you are able to complete.

In the student 'On Campus' you are also able to take part in the student chat room and forums as part of our online student community.

After enrolling online you will receive your username and password to access the On Campus area within 3 working days.

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Overall rating 5 out of 5 based on 1 student reviews

This provided excellent material to enable me to move from a systemic counselling background towards bereavement counselling, and it gave me the necessary confidence to take on this work. I enjoyed the reading, thinking and other preparation in writing the assignments and they definitely help embed the learning. I was very impressed with the rapid and thorough as well as supportive responses from the tutors, especially considering the assignments were voluntary. However it has been a good and valuable experience for me to do this course and I\'d like to extend my warmest thanks to the tutors. The college website worked well too.

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