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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
09 Apr 2024 (Tue)
Next intake(s)
1 year
Course Fee
HK$19,800 per programme
Deadline on 15 Mar 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.

Application Code 2180-CS029A -

Days / Time
  • Tuesday, 6:45pm - 9:45pm
  • Thursday, 6:45pm - 9:45pm
  • Saturday, 2:00pm - 6:00pm
  • 1 year minimum, 3 years maximum


  • Alternative Approaches to Counselling
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Introduction to Counselling
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Micro-skills in Counselling
  • Self-understanding and Communication Skills

Tentative venue will be as follows:

  • 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.

Progression Path

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.


Application Fee

HK$150 non-refundable

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


  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
CEF Courses
Advanced Certificate in Counselling
COURSE CODE 44K10608A FEES $16,500 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

Applicants should submit i) a completed application form (SF26), ii) copies of academic certificates / transcripts, iii) a copy of HKID card or passport*, and iv) an application fee of HK$150 by crossed cheque (payable to “HKU SPACE”) to the following address:

Ms. Ella Leung, HKU SPACE, Room 1109, Fortress Tower, 250 King's Road, North Point, Hong Kong (Re: Application for Advanced Certificate in Counselling)

* Applicants will be asked to present their HKID cards or passports for verification if applying in person at one of the HKU SPACE enrolment counters, or to attach a copy of their HKID cards or passports if applying by post.

Payment Method

Applicants must provide all the required information on the application form and any additional academic qualification as required for our selection process. The programme team will inform course applicants of the selection result as soon as possible after the closing date, which usually will be two weeks after the closing date. Successful applicants will be given an admission letter with the details of payment methods of the course fee.