Why are your courses cheaper than other providers?
Because we own our premises & create our own, bespoke courses (quality checked/ Accredited by the NCS) we have fewer overheads than other centres; we thought it might be nice to pass this saving on to our students.
Do you offer student loans?
We are on the UK Register of Learning Providers. You can apply for an advanced learner loan by visiting (https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan/how-to-apply
We also offer generous payment plans which we are happy to talk you through should you want to give us a call.
NCS? What about BACP?
Whilst the BACP is a big name in Counselling, it’s not the only name; we have chosen for our courses to be quality checked/Accredited by the National Counselling Society because we feel that they are best people to support us and our learners. Setup in 1999, the NCS is a not for profit organisation, developed for Counsellors and Psychotherapists in the UK. They hold a voluntary accredited register that is regulated by the Professional Standards Authority; this is an equivalent register to the one that the BACP holds; it meets the same standards. If you would like more information, you can visit the NCS website or contact them directly (they’re very friendly).
We have gained the following recognition:
- Levels 2 & 3 are ‘quality checked’ by the NCS
- L4 Diploma in Professional Counselling – NCS Accredited
- L6 Diploma in Counselling Supervision – NCS Advanced Training Status
Can I skip ‘First Steps’ and go straight to ‘Next Steps’?
Under some circumstances, we will allow you to apply directly for the ‘Next Steps’ course. This is usually due to a strong professional background in a relevant role, where listening skills are applied as part of the job (Nurse, Social Worker, Care Worker, Teacher etc).
We will also acknowledge a Level 2 qualification in Counselling gained with another training Centre.
Why can’t I apply directly to the Diploma Course, without completing level 3?
Whilst displayed as independent courses, the ‘Next Steps’ and the Diploma are in fact part of the same process. Due to the experiential nature of the training, it would be incredibly difficult (if not impossible) to catch up in terms of theoretical knowledge, practical skills, and personal development should you skip a step.
Another reason that the courses are separate, is that it offers an opportunity for people to ‘test the water’ before committing to a 2-year Diploma.
* We will accept a level 3 qualification from another Centre.
When will I be qualified as a Counsellor?
The standard expectation across the profession is that a practitioner will hold a minimum Level 4 Diploma in Counselling; the Diploma should include a Supervised, formal placement of at least 100 hours. It must offer face to face lessons (online/distance courses are rarely accepted) The Diploma will be run over 1 year full-time, or 2 years part-time.
*Our Diploma in Counselling is designed to meet these requirements.
Why is there a minimum age requirement for the Level 4 Diploma?
The majority of Counselling courses out there will have a minimum age requirement, especially at Level 4.
A Diploma in Counselling is more than an academic course, it also involves a 100 hour counselling placement. In our experience, it is very difficult for a young adult (under 24 years) to secure a placement, and without this essential element, you will not be able to complete the course.
Waiting until you’re 24 also allows for that brain of yours to fully develop. Research* suggests that until you reach your mid-twenties, you think primarily with your amygdala (the feeling part of your brain) whereas at around the age of 25, a neurotypical person will mainly process decisions using their prefrontal cortex (rational decision making and awareness of long-term consequences part of your brain).
*Anon, (n.d.). Understanding the Teen Brain – Health Encyclopedia – University of Rochester Medical Center. [online] Available at: https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?ContentTypeID=1&ContentID=3051.
At What Age Is The Brain Fully Developed? – Mental Health Daily
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