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 also includes 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) over two academic years
Theoretical model Core Self model (person-centred integrative)
Course fee £3,705 per year (with the option to pay by instalments)

The next confirmed intake will be in September 2022.

However, due to high demand, we are planning to run a course starting in September 2021 as well.  At the moment, this additional course is not definitely confirmed, but we are inviting applications pending that decision.

The teaching day for the 2021-23 course will be a Thursday. More information will be posted here as soon as it is available.

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The closing date for applications is Thursday 6th May 2021.  Interviews will be held in late May and early June (see the prospectus for dates).

Please contact the Training Coordinator (details below) to find out more and/or express an interest.

You can download the prospectus here: Advanced Diploma Prospectus 2021-23 FINAL

You can download an application form here: Diploma external application form 2021 FINAL

Network Advanced Certificate students please contact Sue Woodhead-Marsh for an internal application form.

If you are unable to make the Open Morning on 6th March, and would like to come to Network and talk informally with one of the course tutors before deciding to apply for a place, or arrange a phone conversation, please contact Sue Woodhead-Marsh, our Training Co-ordinator, on (0117) 9507271 or by email

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