Course Details

  • This diploma is the core qualification needed to gain entry into the counselling profession and to become a professional counsellor. Throughout this qualification students will advance their knowledge of counselling theories, skills, ethical, professional and legal issues and personal development.

    Students will also complete a 100-hour placement as required in all professional counselling training and will undertake casework supervision with a supervisor provided by the college.

    This vocational course focuses on experience based learning and engaging in counselling work in real-life situations to help students develop into a skilled, reflective practitioner able to develop and maintain short and long-term counselling relationships.

    This full time course requires a significant time commitment due to its nature; students will undertake workshops days, placement, casework supervision and extra study outside of classes.


  • To be eligible for this course, you will need to have previously completed a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills, or be suitably qualified in a related subject.

    Candidates with exceptional experience in other professional roles are also encouraged to apply; we also welcome applications from colleagues in related fields.

    Prospective students will be invited for an interview to discuss their suitability in more depth. We ask all applicants to also consider the significant time commitment required by this course.

  • There is a varied range of assessment methods including assignments, practical observations, reflective writing, and presentations.

  • Once you have completed this course, you’ll have the qualifications and understanding needed to progress onto a higher level diploma in counselling, such as a Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.

    This diploma helps you establish your first steps as a professional counsellor and you can use it to advance your career in a number of disciplines in the health and care industry, including services that work with people with substance misuse and drug rehabilitation, bereavement support, childcare or community services.

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  • The total cost of this course is £3,848.80 which breaks down to £1,924.40 a year. As part of this cost we provide you with your casework supervision whilst you are doing your 100-hour placement and this potentially saves you £500.00 - £550.00 over the duration of your course.

    We also advise students to consider that there are also other associated costs including BACP student membership, insurance costs, and perhaps even costs for your own personal therapy alongside your training to consider, and travel costs to and from college and work placement.




    There are a number of different finance and funding options available to you. You might be eligible for special bursary support or extra help from the government. Have a look at our fees, finance & funding page to find out all the information you need.

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  • Do you have a burning question about this course, or would you like to know more about the qualification you’ll receive and how it will help your career?

    Our course enquiries team is on hand to help you understand any details and answer any questions – whether it’s about applying for the course or finding out about finance. Just get in touch here!




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