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Clinical Hypnosis: Language and Communication Techniques in Healthcare - AdvProfDip / BSc / GradCert / PgCert

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Do you want to learn the theory and application of clinical hypnosis? This course will help you gain theoretical and practical knowledge of hypnosis and related techniques. You will improve and enhance your consultation skills and widen your approaches to common mental health problems....

  • Level Postgraduate Taught
  • Study mode Part Time
  • Location City South
  • Award AdvProfDip / BSc / GradCert / PgCert
  • Start date September 2023
  • School School of Health Sciences
  • Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences


Do you want to learn the theory and application of clinical hypnosis? This course will help you gain theoretical and practical knowledge of hypnosis and related techniques. You will improve and enhance your consultation skills and widen your approaches to common mental health problems.

This programme can be studied part-time at a variety of levels and is run in partnership with the British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis (BSCAH). 

This course is not open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

You will be taught by experienced practicing clinicians and academics from medicine, dentistry, psychology and nursing who are accredited by BSCAH. Students enrolled on this blended course will engage in a mix of online and face to face activities. For the online learning you will engage in synchronous and asynchronous activities, small group sessions and individual tutorials, covering scheduled 4 days over the duration of the course. You will be provided with podcasts that are delivered asynchronously, followed with opportunities to discuss these during synchronous online events. In addition to this you will attend BCU City South Campus for 4 days of face-to-face activities/practical's. This will provide you with an opportunity to meet your tutors and peers face to face. 

Accredited By

Run in partnership with:

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I've enjoyed the weekends and it’s fired my enthusiasm. The prospect of doing the academic bit was a bit scary but… the teaching/admin team/academic team/tutorial support are superb, a brilliant skill/experience mix.
Previous student

Why Choose Us?

  • BSCAH is a non-profit making registered charity.
  • The team delivering the course are members of the Midlands branch of BSCAH, practising clinicians, and form part of a development programme that has been running for 20 years.
  • You will be learning with clinicians who are medically qualified and understand your day to day pressures of clinical work.
  • You will have plenty of time to complete your written assignments to help you balance alongside your work commitments.
  • The qualification you receive can be included on your professional plate/correspondence.
  • You will have full NUS membership.
  • You will learn how to reduce your own professional/personal stress levels.

Studying with us during the Covid-19 pandemic

The University has put in place measures in response to Covid-19 to allow us to safely deliver our courses. Should the impact of the pandemic continue in future years, any additional or alternative arrangements put in place by the University will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

Entry Requirements

UK students

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

You must have GCSE English or equivalent

Fees & How to Apply

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  • UK Student
  • International Student

UK students

Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation (capped at 5%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament. View fees for continuing students.

Award: AdvProfDip

Starting: Sep 2023

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Part Time
  • 12 months
  • TBC

Award: BSc

Starting: Sep 2023

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Part Time
  • 12 months
  • TBC

Award: GradCert

Starting: Sep 2023

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Part Time
  • 12 months
  • TBC

Award: PgCert

Starting: Sep 2023

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Part Time
  • 12 months
  • TBC

International students

Sorry, this course is not available to International students.

Access to computer equipment

You will require use of a laptop, and most students do prefer to have their own. However, you can borrow a laptop from the university or use one of our shared computer rooms.


You will receive £5 print credit in each year of your course, available after enrolment.

Field trips

All essential field trips and associated travel costs will be included in your course fees.

Access to Microsoft Office 365

Every student at the University can download a free copy of Microsoft Office 365 to use whilst at university and for 18 months after graduation.

Key Software

You will be able to download SPSS and Nvivo to your home computer to support with your studies and research.

Key subscriptions

Subscriptions to key journals and websites are available through our library.

Excess printing (optional)

Once you have spent your £5 credit, additional printing on campus costs from 5p per sheet.

Books (optional)

All module key texts will be in the University library, but in limited numbers. You may choose to purchase a copy.

Subscriptions (optional)

You may wish to purchase subscriptions to additional journals and websites.

Memberships (optional)

You may wish to join a union or professional body related to this course.

Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

How to apply

This course is run in partnership with the British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis. Full details, including course fees, can be found on the BSCAH website. To apply, please email Hilary Walker to request an application form:

Fee payment

Fees should be paid directly to British Society Clinical and Academic Hypnosis.

Course in Depth

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Level 7

How you learn

You will study part time, tutorial support and supervision is available throughout the course and Moodle online resources supplement the face to face teaching.

Students enrolling on the course will have full access to the student support and our library and resources.

Teaching description

This course will involve group work. You will be invited to work in pairs/threes/ small groups to practice techniques that have been demonstrated. Supervision and advice will be to hand for help and guidance.

You will be invited to discuss cases with the class. These can be from your professional or personal experiences. All cases will be dealt with confidentially. There will be plenty of opportunity to discuss any work related problems you may have with implementation of your new skills with the other students/staff.

Past students have reported favourably on the feedback from their fellow clinicians when dealing with professional or personal matters.


After graduating from this course, you will have the opportunity to and achieve professional accreditation with BSCAH.

BSCAH logo
British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis


Enhancing your employability skills

This course will give you enhanced communication skills with patients and clients.

You will also be able to support patients with relaxation and stress reduction strategies.

Previous students who have successfully integrated Clinical Hypnosis into their practice include:

  • Consultant psychiatrist
  • Dentist
  • Hospital based clinical psychologist
  • Consultant anaesthetist
  • GP
  • Nurse
  • Physiotherapist
  • Paediatric nurse

They have gone on to educate their respective teams about the benefits of communication techniques within clinical practice.

Facilities & Staff

We have invested £340 million in our facilities, including an upgrade to our Skills and Simulation facilities at City South Campus. We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that you may come across in the workplace. These resources are essential in offering you a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice.

Mock Wards

These are set up to look like typical hospital wards, with four to six bays. Depending on the topic in hand, different manikins can be used as patients and relevant equipment is provided to practise clinical skills. Some of the manikins are interactive and can simulate different scenarios e.g. some allow you to cannulate, check pulses, intubate etc, and some can talk to you. One ward is often used as an adult ward, and the other as a child ward.

These rooms also allow for scenarios to be set up for other professions such as dietetics, paramedic science and social work.

The Operating Theatre and Recovery Suites

The operating theatre and recovery suite gives you the sense of what it would be like in a real surgical environment.

These spaces emulate the full surgical journey from anaesthetics, through surgery and into recovery. ODP students can practice a range of skills including gowning, hand washing, preparing instrument trays, and working with a patient. Nurses and midwives may experience a surgical placement and need to go to theatre or be part of the midwifery team involved with caesarean sections. Many other Allied Health Professionals may also see patients in recovery if necessary.

Home Environment Room

This space is used to simulate non-clinical settings, as not everything health professionals deal with is hospital based. This is used for simulations of home visits and home births. It also houses soft matting and a bubble machine that are used by the Learning Disability Nursing team.

Assisted Living Space

This space replicates a flat and is used for scenarios such as home visits. The sitting room area provides a different space to practise skills and simulations and work with service users and other students.

Assisted Kitchen

This specially designed kitchen has different areas where you can practice cooking, cleaning, boiling the kettle etc., with someone who has actual or simulated visual impairments. There are adapted devices to help, and simulation glasses for you to wear to experience visual impairments.

Physiotherapy Room

This is a space for physiotherapy students to use, with various equipment to practise client meetings.

Radiotherapy Planning Computer Suite

Our computers allow you to plan hypothetical treatments, in terms of angles and directions, ensuring that radiotherapy reaches where it is needed on a patient’s body.

Radiography Image Interpretation and Reporting Stations Computer Suite

These facilities allow you to view and analyse x-rays.

VERT - Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training

This room contains 3D technology to view virtual patients and look at trajectories for treatment.


This room contains the same bed/couch used when patients are given radiotherapy treatment. While students of course do not administer radiotherapy in this room, it does allow them to practise adjusting the equipment to make sure both it and a patient would be in the correct position to receive treatment.

Telehealth Room

This room allows for small group teaching in a central area (large boardroom type table) with fiv small telehealth booths down either side. These are to allow all our health professions students to practise delivering healthcare and advice remotely, either over the phone or on a video call. This addition to our teaching reflects moves in the sector to offer more flexible access to healthcare services, particularly as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Imaging Academy

This new facility is a larger version of our existing image interpretation computer facilities and forms part of the West Midlands Imaging Academy hub, funded by Health Education England. These expanded facilities will mean we can further develop our courses and expertise in radiography and imaging.

Speech and Language Therapy Resource Room

Our Speech and Language Therapy Team have developed a collection of tools, books and resources to help you learn and understand the implications of a speech or swallowing limitation. You can practise one to one client meetings and clinics and use the video recording equipment to review role play scenarios.

Our staff

Dr Simon Barnett

Course Leader for Clinical Hypnosis and Related Techniques

After working and teaching for 25 years both in practice and in a hospital environment I had come to learn that stress for the patient and the clinician seemed to be a daily event. I looked for a way to relieve this and signed up for a clinical hypnosis course. I quickly understood the potential for stress reduction within the professional...

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Jean Rogerson RGN AdvDipCH

Former Outpatient and Theatre Manager and regularly uses hypnosis in a hospital OPD. Jean teaches Clinical Hypnosis to medical professionals around the UK and is a member of the BSCAH Academic and accreditation Committee and is an accreditation assessor for the society.

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Kathy Kinmond

Chartered Psychologist

Kathy is a Chartered Psychologist, Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist, she is also accredited by BSCAH having completed the BSCAH/Staffordshire University course in Clinical Hypnosis. She has been an academic in Higher education for over 25 years, during which time she has been module leader for several UG modules, programme leader for the MRes;...

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Jenny Page

Dentist and Accredited member of BSCAH.

Jenny is a dentist and Accredited member of BSCAH. She completed BSCAH’s foundation training in 2003 then went on to successfully achieve her Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis at Stafford University (also ran by BSCAH). She is now part of the teaching team at Birmingham City University having helped for many years. She is also the treasurer for Midlands...

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