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

AwardAdvanced Diploma in Counselling (Level 5)
Course accreditationBritish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
DeliveryOne day a week (Wednesday) over two academic years
Theoretical modelCore Self model (person-centred integrative)
Course fee£3580 per year (with the option to pay by instalments)

The next intake will be in September 2020.

Update – 25th March 2020.  Despite the very unusual situation we are facing as a country right now, Network is still looking towards the future – and we are committed to continuing our training provision as usual next year.

Whatever things look like when we emerge from the current challenges, there is no doubt that the process will have taken its toll on many, many people.  As such we anticipate that there will be a great demand for mental health services going forward, and Network is fully committed to continuing playing its part – both in the provision of counselling services, and also training new people to take on that role in our society.

Therefore, we are working, as normal at this time of year, towards recruitment for the Advanced Diploma course starting September 2020.

Update – 8th June 2020 

The 2020-22 Advanced Diploma course is now full and we are not accepting further applications.   To be kept informed about the next Advanced Diploma course, please contact the Training Coordinator ( and ask to be added to the mailing list.

Download the current Prospectus here Diploma Prospectus 2020-22 WEB

If you would like to come to Network and talk informally with one of the course tutors before deciding to apply for a place, please contact Sue Woodhead Marsh, our Training Co-ordinator, on (0117) 9507271 or by email 

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