This course has broken new ground in counselling training in the UK.  It is suitable for students who have completed substantial Certificate level counselling training and who wish to train as  professional counsellors, equipped to work in a range of settings – voluntary, statutory and private practice.

What makes this course different is its emphasis on the integration of faith, spirituality and counselling practice.  In addition to covering the same ground that is covered by comparable humanistic Diploma courses, the course will also give you the opportunity to develop your understanding of human spirituality and to explore the interface between your own developing spirituality and your practice. As we run our own counselling agency we are able to provide placements to students and this may also include discounted or free supervision.

Key facts

Award Advanced Diploma in Counselling (Level 5)
Course accreditation British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Delivery One day a week (Wednesday or Thursday) over two academic years
Theoretical model Core Self model (person-centred integrative)
Course fee Fees for 2024-26 are £4,560 per year (with the option to pay by instalments)

The next intake will be in September 2024.

The teaching day for the 2024-26 course will be a Wednesday.

Completed applications to be received by 9am on Wednesday 31 January 2024. Interviews will take place in February and March.

Late applications (if places are still available) to be received by 9am on Tuesday 30 April 2024. Interviews will take place in May and June.

We suggest you apply as early as possible and attend the first round of interviews. Places will be offered and secured at this stage. Any remaining places available will then be allocated at the second round of interviews.

We are holding an Information Open Morning on Saturday 13 January 2024, between 10.30am and 12.30pm.

This will be a chance to find out more about the courses, meet the tutors and ask any questions you might have. Please contact Sue Woodhead-Marsh, the Training Coordinator, for more details if you are interested in attending this event.

For more information about entry requirements, fees, key dates and so on, please see the 2024 Prospectus. For more detail about the course itself, please refer to the Course Information Book.

Download a Course Information Book here: Dip Course Information Book

Download the 2024 Prospectus: 2024 Network Prospectus

Download the 2024 Application Form: Diploma application form 2024 [E]

Network Certificate students, please ask Sue Woodhead-Marsh for an internal application form.

If you are unable to attend the Information Morning, and are interested in attending an informal online drop-in, please contact the Training Coordinator by email (

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