a bespoke training programme

A bespoke curriculum designed, administrated, and delivered by qualified Counsellors/Therapists

meets all requirements

Meets the membership requirements of the National Counselling Society and the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy

led by qualified staff

In addition to being experienced counsellors/therapists, all academic staff hold full qualifications in teaching and learning

Adv. Diploma in Humanistic-Integrative Counselling

An Overview

This diploma is a part-time training programme that runs over a period of two to three years (depending on placement hours).

It has been designed from the ground up to provide you with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to practice as a professional counsellor in the United Kingdom.

September 2022 – July 2024 will run on a Saturday in Sandgate, Kent

Please note: This programme accepts applicants once every two years. If you do not apply for Sept 2022 you will need to wait until Sept 2024

The Diploma

The Curriculum

The taught element of this programme is delivered over two years, with the third year acting as a buffer should there be a delay in attaining placement hours.

Year onE

The first year of this training programme focuses on the consolidation of previous training in addition to preparing you for a professional placement which takes place in year two.

year two

The second year of the training programme focuses on your ongoing development, refining and expanding on existing knowledge using your experiences of placement to provide context.

  • Programme induction and group contracting
  • Advanced skills training
  • Developing a core theoretical framework
  • Ethics and diversity in Counselling practice
  • Participating in a regular process group
  • Beginning your personal therapy
  • Readiness for placement assessment

180 Guided Learning Hours (GLH); 150 Self-directed learning Hours; 30 Personal Therapy Hours

  • Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Personal awareness and development for counsellors
  • Reflecting on clinical practice and case study presentation
  • A professional, supervised placement of 100 hours
  • Continuing in process group
  • Continuing with personal therapy
  • A summative dissertation at the end of your placement

As year 1 plus: 100 hours placement (plus travel/admin time); 1 hour of supervision* every two weeks for the duration of your placement.

*Supervision must be predominantly 1:1


We have included a third year to act as a buffer for those students working towards their placement hours. There are no attendance requirements for this year and it is still possible to complete the qualification in two years, subject to placement hours and module completion!

How you will be assessed

We will employ various assessment methods to support your learning and ensure that you are in the right place to move through the training process.

Written Assignments

There will be multiple written assignments over the two years with word counts ranging between 5000 and 7500 words, and culminating in a 10,000 word reflective project that focuses on your experiences of placement.


You will be required to present to the group throughout the two years, both as an individual and as part of a small group. This includes case-study presentation, where you will discuss in-depth, your experiences of placement.

Skills observations

Your practical skills sessions will be observed and feedback provided to support your development. You will need to successfully demonstrate your ability to hold an ethical and effective session before the placement stage is approved.

various formative EXERCISES

Assessment isn’t just about checking in on you, and your learning, it’s also about ensuring that our teaching is effective! The occasional quiz, debate and mini-project will help us work out where we all our in the learning process.

Decorative: a calendar

Fee breakdown

The Counsellor training process is unlike other courses and it should be noted that a substantial commitment is required to successfully complete the programme. In the interest of transparency, we have provided what we consider to be a realistic breakdown of the commitment, examining each year.

Tuition fees are:

Year 1 – £2,400.00

Year 2 – £2,400.00

Year 3 – Non-Teaching (No fees)

IMPORTANT – These fees are exclusive to the first cohort (Sept 2022) and will be subject to increase for the 2024 intake.

Additional financial considerations

In addition to the above tuition fees, prospective trainees should consider the following obligations. The figures given below are approximate and for illustration only, you may find that some elements cost more or less than described here.

  • Personal therapy – 60 hours over two years @ approx. £40 per session.
  • Supervision costs – Your placement will often provide supervision in compensation for your voluntary hours. However, if you end up having to source your own supervision, you should expect to pay between £40 – £60 per session depending on the experience level of the supervisor.
  • Books and materials – We would advise buying second-hand books (better for the environment and easier on your pocket) but it would be worth budgeting around £200 over the two years.
  • Insurance – We recommend that our trainees take about appropriate levels of professional insurance during the placement phase of the programme and recommend that you budget £70 for the year. Insurance costs are hard to predict and very changeable, so this is a rough guide.
  • Professional Membership – This programme subscribes to the NCS code of ethics and requires that all trainees join the NCS as student members. Current membership fees are £125 per year, however, the NCS offers a discount to student counsellors so make sure you complete the correct form! https://nationalcounsellingsociety.org/become-a-member/individual/join-the-ncs
  • Loss of work – The time requirements in the second year increase significantly and some people find that a reduced work schedule is the best way to free up the required hours.

Because we are self-governed, there are no registration or exam fees associated with our programme

Payment Plans

We understand that the tuition fees are, for most people, a substantial investment. For this reason we are happy to offer payment plans by arrangement that help spread the cost over the first two years. It should be noted that payment plans are subject to contractual agreement and we reserve the right to suspend your registration and / or refuse to issue you with your qualification if your payments fall into arrears.

You will need to pay a 15% non-refundable deposit of the total tuition fees to enrol on the programme (£720) followed by:

Year 1: 10 monthly payments of £204 (Due 1st of Oct – Jul)

Year 210 monthly payments of £204 (Due 1st of Oct – Jul)

Year 3: Nil – this is a buffer year

Quality Assurance Processes

In order to ensure that the course is delivered to a high standard and assessment and grading are both fair and representative of the programme level, we employ the following quality assurance processes:

Internal Quality assurance

A centre appointed internal verifier.

external quality assurance

A contracted external verifier

  • Ensures assessment is appropriate
  • Ensures marking is fair and reasonable
  • Ensures feedback is clear and suportive
  • Examines the overall quality of the programme and makes suggestions
  • Validates the internal quality assurance process
  • Ensures that the programme is in keeping with professional standards

Please note: This programme accepts applicants once every two years.

If you do not apply for Sept 2022 you will need to wait until Sept 2024