​Advanced Diploma/Grad Cert/BSc Conversion Course in Clinical Hypnosis and Related Techniques – University Accredited Level 6

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This is the only level 6 stand alone university accredited course in hypnosis in the UK. If you're a health professional who wants to improve your clinical skills by learning the theory and application of hypnosis this course is for you. You will learn how to develop communication and personal stress management skills working in a busy clinical setting. This programme is delivered by BSCAH in collaboration with Birmingham City University, Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences. The programme is mapped to the National Occupational Standards for clinical hypnosis.

You will gain theoretical and practical knowledge of hypnosis and related techniques, will improve and enhance your consultation skills and widen your approaches to common mental health problems. Graduates will use newly acquired skills in both NHS and private health care settings.

Dates for 2018/2019 are as follows:

Module 1: 14th & 15th September 2018
Module 2: 23rd & 24th November 2018
Module 3a: 8th & 9th Feburary 2019
Module 3b: 8th & 9th March 2019

Here is a sample of the feedback from the students who sat last years course at BCU:

“The course organisers have been fantastic in making the process of joining and starting the journey a really smooth process. A wonderful team is supporting the organisation of this course. The help offered is invaluable.”  Module 1

“Even though I have been using hypnosis in my own practice for years, I have learned so much in the first 2 days of the course that I have come out of ' the closet ' as it were. I have a renewed confidence and am practicing hypnosis in front of colleagues now openly! I highly recommend this course….” Module 1

"I have enjoyed the last couple of days & felt the academic and practical content was very well balanced. There is a lot to learn & understand but the arena makes it safe to explore issues. I was hesitant in relation to how I could use hypnosis initially but now can foresee how I can incorporate it into my future practice." Module 2

"This is what I have been waiting for, for so many years." Module 3

"I felt that as a professional within the NHS, the course was appropriate, full of depth and clinical relevance. The tutors showed great knowledge and ability to teach." Module 3

Course Description
This award is based upon an existing well established and subscribed course offered to Doctors, Dentists, Psychologists, Dental Nurses, Registered Nurses, Midwives and other healthcare professionals registered with the HCPC, where the provision of hypnosis could become or is part of their professional role. The award will be delivered by accredited members of the Midlands Branch of BSCAH, using their own in-house learning materials and resources. This will be the 62nd year in which the Midlands Branch has successfully run courses in hypnosis. The purpose of this award is to develop the student’s knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of hypnosis within their individual health field, particularly those working with anxious or stressed patients or clients whether in a medical, dental or health/social context. The course will also allow students to learn to manage their own stress levels when interacting with both patients/clients and colleagues together with goal setting techniques while developing interpersonal communication skills.
What's covered in the course?
The award comprises of 3 modules and is delivered over 8 face to face contact days at BCU (4 Fri/Sats) over the period of an academic year, with the remainder being self-directed study, enabling students to work at an individual pace. The modules will be a mixture of theory, practical sessions and discussion. Students will enrol with BCU, receive learning materials in the form of module handbooks, and have access to the University Library and online facilities to guide them through the award. They will have also access to the course tutors and a BCU award leader who will provide additional support via e-mail and\or telephone for assignments. Successful completion of a reflective diary, 3 written assignments, and a viva voce will form the basis of the award. The content of the three modules will cover both basic theory and practice of hypnosis and stress management with emphasis on theoretical underpinnings and targeting those areas where hypnotic approaches can be useful; such as anxiety and pain. The coursework will also focus on the principles and practice of stress and anxiety management for both practitioners and patients. As the course progresses more advanced techniques for specific problems will be explored and taught. You will learn through lead lectures, group discussion, practical demonstrations and guided student-to- student practice. On successful completion of the course you will have the opportunity to go on to acquire accreditation with the British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis (BSCAH). You will be taught by experienced practising clinicians and academics from medicine, dentistry, psychology and nursing who are accredited by BSCAH. The course will include four two-day attendance over a 10 month period at City South Campus where full access to library, student support and simulation facilities will be available.
Entry Requirements

Applicants must be a registrant with a professional regulatory body for example the GMC; GDC; NMC, HCPC, BaDn, BPS (Accredited) and BABCP (Accredited). If you are not registered with these please send your CV to Hilary Walker at

You must have GCSE English or equivalent

Course in depth

Each module on the course consists of 200 hours of contact time and independent learning.

Modules one and two consist of:

Two 7.5 hour sessions of contact time (10 hours interactive lectures and 5 hours group/ individual activities and reflection) 185 hours guided independent and online learning.

The final module will be delivered over a three month period consisting of: Four 7.5 hour sessions of contact time (16 hours interactive lectures and 14 hours group/ individual activities and reflection) 170 hours guided independent and online learning.

Qualifications Offered
All students will study 60 credits at level 6 however the course offers 3 different exit qualifications. A student’s exit qualification is dependent upon the number of academic credits held prior to entry onto the course. If a student has a diploma qualification e.g Dip HE nursing (that is 120 credits at level 5) on successful completion of the 60 credits they will be awarded a BSc in Clinical Hypnosis and Related Techniques. If a student has less than 120 level 5 or has 120 at level 4, on successful completion of the 60 credits they will be awarded an Advanced Professional Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis and Related Techniques. If a student has a qualification which was awarded prior to the Academic Credit system, on successful completion they will be awarded an Advanced Professional Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis and Related Techniques. If a student already has a degree qualification on successful completion of the 60 credits they will be awarded a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Hypnosis and Related Techniques. Please contact Hilary Walker if further clarification is required

Total amount payable for the course is £2400. There are two payment options available:

1) Payment in full on application by cheque or bank transfer.

2) Deposit and instalments. £1000 non-refundable deposit to be paid on application before August 1st 2018.  The remaining £1400 in full by cheque or by standing order in 4 monthly instalments of £350 on:

  • 30th September 2018
  • 30th October 2018
  • 30th November 2018
  • 30th December 2018

For applications, further information including eligibility, venue, dates and fees please contact Hilary Walker Branch Secretary, Midlands BSCAH at