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

AwardDiploma 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.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 31st March  2020.

A group interview will take place on Thursday 23rd April (in the morning).

Individual interviews will take place on Thursday 23rd April (in the afternoon) and Tuesday 28th April (throughout the day).

Download the Prospectus here Diploma Prospectus 2020-22 WEB

Download the application form here Diploma external application form 2020 

(Network Certificate students, please ask for an internal application form)

An Open Evening for those interested in applying will be held on Tuesday 3 March 2020 at 7.30pm

This is an opportunity for you to:

  • Find out more about the Diploma course.
  • Ask any questions or raise any issues or concerns you may have about embarking on Diploma level counselling training.
  • View the training premises and resources.
  • Meet with the course tutors and, where possible, some current or former students.
  • Find out for yourself whether you are comfortable with the ethos of the course and whether you think it will meet your own particular learning needs.

If you are unable to make any of these dates, but would like to come to Network and talk informally with one of the course tutors before deciding to apply for a place, we will do our best to arrange an alternative time for you to visit.  Please contact Sue Woodhead Marsh, our Training Co-ordinator, on (0117) 9507271 or by email 

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