This two-year course gives learners the knowledge, skills and competencies to work as a therapeutic counsellor in an agency context in both health care and non-medical settings. You will develop your knowledge from your previous counselling qualifications. During the course you will cover 7 units.


Unit 1 – Working ethically, safely and professionally as a counsellor

Unit 2 – Working within a counselling relationship

Unit 3 – Working with client diversity in counselling work

Unit 4 – Working within a user-centred approach to counselling

Unit 5 – Working with self-awareness in the counselling process

Unit 6 – Working within a coherent framework of counselling theory and skills

Unit 7 – Working self-reflectively as a counsellor


During these units you will have time to practise and develop your counselling skills, consider your own continuing personal development in counselling, and develop knowledge about human development in relation to counselling.  You are required to complete a period of at least 100 hours of work experience within an agency with a minimum of 5 clients in the first year of the course.

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School Leavers under the age of 19 do not have to pay fees on any full time courses, though may have to pay for their second year if turning 19 during their studies.

If you’re aged 19 or over you might qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. It’s easy to apply for and you won’t have to pay anything back until you’re earning over £27,295. Find more information on Advanced Learner Loans on our website.

If you are studying a part-time course and you receive one of the following benefits, or you depend financially on someone who does, you may be entitled to have your tuition fees waived:

  • Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Income Support

You will, however, have to pay any awarding body/assessment fees (unless you are on a first full level 2 course).

* If you are in receipt of Working Tax Credit or receive other allowances, you may be eligible to claim concessionary rates. If you are entitled to a fee concession you will be asked to provide proof of your entitlement.

It is essential that you inform us if your entitlement changes at any time during your course.

For any questions about fees, remissions and entitlements, please contact our helpful Enrolments Team on 01329 815 200.