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Mode of study HE Part-time
Duration 2 Years
Campus London Road Campus
Start date 24 September 2019 Please note that day of week is just an indication at this stage and could be subject to change
Tuition Fee £4,670
Exam/Reg Fee £340
Material Fee £10
Course code PLR4CTC001 (1921A)
  • Entry Requirements

    You must have completed a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling to apply. You will also need to supply the names of two referees, one from an academic source. Every applicant is invited to an interview to assess their suitability for the course. At interview you will need to declare and discuss previous convictions, reprimands, cautions or final warnings. A satisfactory DBS will need to be obtained to enable you to undertake your placement, which is a requirement of the course.

    Entry requirements include passes at GCSE for English and Maths at grade C or above however equivalent qualifications and/or work experience will be taken into consideration. Applicants without GCSEs will be required to complete initial assessments and may wish to consider the part-time GCSE courses that the College offers both during the evening and daytime.

  • What does the course involve?

    The course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and competencies to work as a therapeutic counsellor in an agency context. It is designed to lead to an employed or voluntary role in a counselling agency in both health care and non-medical settings. Students with sufficient experience can also begin working as independent practitioners in private practice. You will study 7 mandatory units:

    • Working ethically, safely and professionally as a counsellor
    • Working within a counselling relationship
    • Working with client diversity in counselling work
    • Working within a user-centred approach to counselling
    • Working with self-awareness in the counselling process
    • Working within a coherent framework of counselling theory and skills
    • Working self-reflectively as a counsellor

    On successful completion of the course you will be a fully qualified practitioner equipped to gain employment as a professional counsellor or to set-up your own private counselling practice.

    You will need to undertake a 100 hour placement as part of the course which must be secured prior to progressing on to year two.

    The course is accredited by CPCAB.

  • How is the course assessed?

    Assessment is based on practical and written assignments, presentations, an exam in year two and a placement portfolio.

  • How much does it cost?

    The tuition fee is the cost for the full two years of the course, you can apply for an advanced learner loan to cover this. The examination/ registration fee is an additional cost (not covered by the loan) and is chargeable each year upon enrolment.

    Additional costs:

    To undertake your placement you will need to obtain a DBS and receive monthly supervision, these may attract a personal cost depending on the organisation you obtain a placement with.

    20 hours Personal Therapy over the two years

    Membership of the BACP as a student

  • Additional Notes

    Successful completion can be used as evidence towards applying for full membership of BACP and NCS accreditations and could lead on to further professional development in counselling e.g. Masters.

  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Advice Events, ring Admissions on 01743 342346 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Angelique Clarkson

Angelique Clarkson


This course has been great for self-development and the tutors have been extremely supportive. I want to be a substance misuse counsellor and this course will enable to me to get to where I want to be.

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