UK College of Holistic Training

UKCHT logoHolistic distance learning certificate
and diploma courses

Complementary therapies, self-help,
coaching, management,
New Age and spiritual fields. 
International enrolments accepted.
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A FREE copy of the main textbook is sent to UK students.
Non-UK students may purchase using the UK or US links below:


PSYK TREK 3.0   This multimedia DVD is linked to the book and will be very useful for students new to the subject or wishing to learn in a more dynamic way. It is not supplied with the course: please order it here if you would like it.  This DVD may be purchased by itself or for use with many other introductory textbooks.


Students will need to buy further books according to their chosen specialist topics.  Textbook links for some of the options will be available on this page soon.



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Advanced Diploma

in Psychology
(Adv. Dip. Psych.)    
A distance learning course

Note: This course is being revised and will be re-launched at a future date with amended details and cost.  The new version will have a different textbook. We will resume enrolments when the new version is available.

   College accreditation: International Association for Distance Learning.

A course specially created for the complementary therapist and also available for personal interest.


Total recommended period of study: approx. 6 to 9 months or less. Continuous enrolment. No time limit.

Cost: to be announced.

Method of study 

Textbook study. Written assignments based on textbooks and exercises. Assignment questions are issued by email and students return their written work by email. Grades and feedback are issued by email.

Continuous assessment - there is no final exam.  Students will be asked to write brief essays after reading certain chapters.  The questions set on the main syllabus will be broadly-based, allowing the student to demonstrate general understanding of the issues covered in the textbook and to include any necessary facts that support the answer given.   Further questions will be issued on the supplementary reading required for the additional specialist topics.  All assessment work may be done at home and e-mailed or posted to the college.

Course overview

A general psychology advanced diploma course covering material up to undergraduate standard with in-depth study of a choice of special topics. Ideal for general interest, counsellors, hypnotherapists, psychotherapists, life and personal coaches and complementary medicine practitioners, helping professionals and those considering entry to a psychology degree or therapy training. Open entry.

This course may be studied entirely by correspondence, but a large variety of relevant Internet material is available on-line. Students may also research topics of interest using the many psychology sites on the Internet.

Syllabus (this syllabus is subject to change):

  • History, Scope and Methods of Psychology;

  • Biological Psychology;

  • Developmental Psychology;

  • Perception and Consciousness;

  • Memory, Learning and Thinking;

  • Language; Motivation and Emotion;

  • Personality Theories and Individual Differences;

  • Stress;

  • Abnormal Psychology (covering anxiety disorders, mood disorders, dissociative identity disorder, schizophrenia, mind-body interactions and insanity in the courts);

  • Therapies (history, therapy techniques, effectiveness, social issues);

  • Social Behaviour, Influence, Conformity.

  • Introductory information about Statistics is given but that section is optional and not examined.

A university-level textbook is required as the main book for the course: details will be given on enrolment. Additional audiovisual material, linking to the main text, may be purchased if  desired (subject to availability).  This is the Psyk Trek 3.0 CD-ROM (see links on left). Apart from the main text, at least 3 other books will be required for the special topics (see below).

After study of the main text, the student takes 3 set taught units on special topics. These units will be selected by the course tutor, according to the student’s interests, from the psychology distance learning units available to us.  If you have taken one of our other psychology-related diplomas, you will be exempt from these 3 units and can gain a reduction in tuition fees if you ask us before you enrol.

Special topics (3 of the following to be chosen subject to availability)

  • Counselling Skills

  • Criminology

  • Understanding Psychiatric Drugs

  • Emotional Intelligence

  • Self-Hypnosis

  • Symptoms of Mental Illness

  • Dissociative Disorders

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Transpersonal Psychology

  • Life Coaching

  • Parapsychology

  • Bullying

  • Psychology in the Workplace

  • Stress Management

  • Introduction to Psychotherapy

  • Psychosynthesis

  • Energy Psychology

                                          (requests for other topics will be considered)


Entry criteria and suitability 

No particular qualifications are required for entry.  However, this course is aimed at the counsellor, psychotherapist or complementary practitioner in private practice or for personal interest. It does not lead to membership of the British Psychological Society or to Chartered Psychologist status. It is not accredited by a government-recognised body and does not lead to any professional licence in any country. However it provides an affordable, privately-accredited alternative for someone with a strong interest in psychology who does not require a government-recognised qualification. This course may help someone prepare to apply as a mature student for a degree in psychology, because you will demonstrate interest, knowledge and ability to study, but it does not guarantee acceptance by any accredited university for a degree place.



Successful graduates will receive the Advanced Diploma in Psychology awarded by UK College of Holistic Training which is a private UK qualification. The college is accredited by the International Association for Distance Learning. Course graduates may use the postnominal initials Adv. Dip. Psych.

Further information

Please see our FAQs page for general information.

We reserve the right to change the syllabus and other details of any course at any time.

To apply for this course now, go to our Application page



Our new URL is www.ukcht.uk  (Note: this is a "dot UK" not a "dot co.uk" address)
(Our courses are by distance learning/ home study only - we have no classes in London.  All enrolments must be made by email, post, or fax)
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