Health and Care Professions

Therapeutic Counselling

Leaflet Code: L8078


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 part-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.

  • Shena Simon Campus
  • Part Time
  • 2 years
  • September 2022

To be eligible for this course you will need to have previously completed a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills.

You'll also provide a reference from your Level 3 tutor and evidence of being able to work at first year degree standard.

If you have been receiving counselling or rehabilitation, you must also be clear from recovery for a minimum of 18 months

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

You'll be assessed through a variety of methods including assignments, practical observations, reflective writing, and presentations.

Learners must complete all elements of the course including 100 hours work placement and pass the external assessment within this timeframe. Any resubmissions for external assessment will be charged at an additional cost.

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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