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Full-time applications are now closed. There are limited spaces left on some full-time courses, please email careers@bcot.ac.uk or call 01256 306679.

Applications for part-time courses can still be made online.


Our selection of part time and intensive courses will offer you the flexibility in which you can train to become a qualified counsellor. The essence of counselling is the establishment of a therapeutic relationship in which the client experiences being heard and understood with sensitivity. An effective counsellor can create a safe space to communicate empathic understanding and an ability to listen effectively. Our experienced and highly qualified staff will guide you through this process which will involve understanding the theoretical concepts of counselling alongside aspects of self-reflection and evaluation.

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Career Opportunities

  • Secondary school Counsellor 
  • University Counsellor
  • Charitable Counselling Agencies
  • After two years working in the industry you can then teach the 10 week Level 2 Award in Introduction to Counselling Skills.
  • From the L4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling students can go on to do the L5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling in order to work in Private Practice or specialise with a L5 Diploma in Children and Adolescent Counselling.

Level 2 CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills

This 19 week intensive course is for people who want to work in a helping interaction, with a view to pursuing further study as a counsellor. It will help to develop self-awareness and provide a knowledge and understanding of the necessary counselling skills leading to further theory and practice.

By the end of the course, learners will have covered the understanding of beginnings, middle stage and endings of the helping interaction. Students will also learn how to apply a repertoire of skills and to work with silence, have a basic knowledge of the models of counselling and develop a confidence that they can apply skills effectively.


The CPCAB (Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body) is a UK awarding body that is managed by professional counsellors, trainers and supervisors and is the only awarding body in Europe to specialise in the field of counselling.


For more information, watch these short videos:


Becoming a counsellor: where to start

Advice for learners: being committed

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