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Social Sciences Psychology & Counselling

Advanced Certificate in Counselling

CEF Reimbursable Course

CEF Reimbursable Course

Course Code
Application Code

Study mode
Start Date
08 Oct 2024 (Tue)
Next intake(s)
1 year
Course Fee
HK$19,800 per programme
Deadline on 20 Sep 2024 (Fri)
2975 5655
2571 0630
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Would you like to use the skills of counselling to advance your career? Would you like to learn more about yourself?

The Advanced Certificate in Counselling provides a comprehensive overview of the theories and techniques in counselling. We have supported many graduates of this course to pursue master’s degree in psychology/counselling in Hong Kong and overseas.

Some of the topics that you will learn in this course includes, 1) Introduction to Counselling, 2) Non-verbal and verbal communication skills in Counselling, 3) different approaches to counselling. The modules will provide you with a general understanding of the discipline and better prepare you for advanced studies in counselling and other related disciplines.

This programme caters to people working in a variety of job environments such as social services, human resources, school, community services, business, church, and health care settings who are seeking to enhance personal and/or professional development.

This versatile course provides the opportunity for you to embark on a Counselling career or bring those skills to wide variety of other career paths. Based on personal merits and academic background (including your bachelor degree), holders of the Advanced Certificate in Counselling will be eligible to apply for the Master of Social Sciences in Counselling from one of the universities in Hong Kong or from any overseas institutions.

Programme Details

This Advanced Certificate programme is a part-time programme primarily designed for those who are interested to acquire general knowledge in some of the key areas in Counselling. The programme is also suitable for practitioners in fields such as education, business, human resources, nursing, and public services etc. who are seeking to enhance personal or professional development. For degree holders (in a discipline other than counselling) who are considering further studies in the area of counselling, the Advanced Certificate programme will provide them with a good understanding of the discipline.


In general, assessment will be by coursework and written examination. The minimum attendance requirement is 75% for each module.

Programme Duration

The Advanced Certificate programme can be completed in two semesters on a part-time basis. The maximum registration period is three years. There are two intake per year: April and October. 

Medium of Instruction

Applicants should be able to read and write in both English and Chinese. All assignments and examinations must be written in English.

Tentative venue

  • HKU SPACE Kowloon East Campus;
  • HKU SPACE Island East Campus; 
  • HKU SPACE Fortress Tower Learning Centre;
  • HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College (HPSHCC) Campus.
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Days / Time
  • Tuesday, 6:45pm - 9:45pm
  • Thursday, 6:45pm - 9:45pm
  • Saturday, 2:00pm - 6:00pm
  • 1 year minimum, 3 years maximum


Participants can complete the Programme within 1 - 3 years from the date of registration at HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education.

There are 6 modules in the Programme (total 198 hours):

  1. Introduction to Psychology (48 hours)

  2. Introduction to Counselling (30 hours)

  3. Developmental Psychology (30 hours)

  4. Alternative Approaches to Counselling  (30 hours)

  5. Micro-skills in Counselling (30 hours)

  6. Self-understanding and Communication Skills (30 hours)

Modules focuses on theoretical training in Counselling and Psychology

  • Introduction to Psychology

This module introduces the basic principles of psychology and offers a preliminary survey of representative works carried out in various areas of psychological investigation such as: sensation and perception, learning, memory, cognition, language and intelligence, aspects of human behaviour and the dynamics of motivation. There will be an opportunity to investigate some specific areas at length.

  • Introduction to Counselling

This module introduces students to the major theoretical perspectives in counselling psychology. The emphasis will be on the basic assumptions of each perspective, the therapeutic process as well as the counselling skills involved. Students will further explore the ethical and contemporary issues in counselling psychology.

  • Developmental Psychology

This module introduces the major theories and concepts in the study of lifespan development: From infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, to late adulthood. Special emphasis will be placed on the physical, cognitive, and social development at each of the developmental stage. The socio-cultural and environmental context within which individuals developed will also be discussed.

Modules focuses on Practicum Supervision

  • Alternative Approaches to Counselling

This module aims to introduce students to the theories and practice of selected alternative approaches to counselling, such as art therapy and play therapy. These approaches not only complement the traditional mode of “talking” therapy, but will also expand students’ helping repertoire. Students will also be given the opportunity to experience the healing processes of the selected approaches.

  • Micro-skills in Counselling

Students will be divided into small groups to learn and practice micro-counselling skills. This module puts special emphasis on experiential learning through skill practices, demonstration and role-play.

  • Self-understanding and Communication Skills

This module aims to enable students to achieve self-understanding and self-awareness, and to develop their interpersonal communication skills. The content will cover processes and patterns of human communication, value clarification, self-exploration of strengths and weaknesses, and principles of effective interpersonal communication. 

Progression Path


Application Fee

HK$150 non-refundable

Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$19,800 per programme (to be paid in 1 instalment)

Entry Requirements

Applicants are expected to be holders of:

  1. a recognized bachelor’s degree in any discipline; or
  2. an Associate Degree or a Higher Diploma or an Advanced Diploma in any discipline awarded by a recognized institution; or
  3. an equivalent qualification.


  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
CEF Courses
Advanced Certificate in Counselling
COURSE CODE 44K10608A FEES $19,800 ENQUIRY 2975-5655
Continuing Education Fund Continuing Education Fund
This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.

Advanced Certificate in Counselling

  • This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [4])


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Enrolment Method
Payment Method
1. Cash, EPS, WeChat Pay Or Alipay

Course fees can be paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay or Alipay at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque Or Bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify the programme title(s) for application and the applicant’s name.. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres, specifying  “Course Application” on the envelope.  HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3. VISA/Mastercard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or Mastercard, including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE Mastercard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

4. Online Payment

Online application / enrolment is offered for most open admission courses (course enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes. Application fees and course fees of these programmes/courses can be settled by using "PPS by Internet" (not available via mobile phones), VISA or Mastercard. In addition to the aforesaid online payment channels, continuing students of award-bearing programmes, if their programmes offer online service, may also pay their course fees by Online WeChat Pay, Online Alipay and Faster Payment System (FPS). Please refer to Enrolment Methods - Online Enrolment  for details.


  • If the programme/course is starting within five working days, application by post is not recommended to avoid any delays. Applicants are advised to enrol in person at HKU SPACE Enrolement Centres and avoid making cheque payment under this circustance.
  • Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay, Alipay, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder's credit card account.
  • In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme team for details.
  • Fees and places on courses cannot be transferrable from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  • Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be repsonsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  • For payment certification, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to "HKU SPACE" to any of our enrolment centres.