The Foundation Certificate in Counselling

The Awareness Centre’s Foundation Certificate in Counselling provides a training opportunity in which students can learn about, explore and experience first-hand the field of counselling.

The course provides a solid theoretical and practical introduction to counselling and further provides opportunities to put this knowledge and skills into practice. It focuses on the development of a range of interpersonal skills and relationship building to attend sensitively and appropriately to the needs of others, whilst establishing and maintaining clear professional and personal boundaries. Self-awareness and personal development are vital components of the training. The course aims to facilitate these through personal and professional development activities, counselling skills training and theoretical input.

COVID-19 UPDATE: The Training School has made the decision to transfer all training and Selection Days to online until March 2021. This decision has been made to ensure the safety of TACs’ staff and students. The Training School will reassess the safety of returning to face to face in the Spring of 2021. We will continue to follow guidance from the UK Government, Public Health England the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Course Details

The Foundation Certificate is a one-year, part-time course that is open to those who are considering a career in counselling, or those who wish to develop their interpersonal and communication skills. Depending on the intake, the Foundation Certificate will run on either weekday evenings and / or weekends at our Training School in Clapham.  The course fee is £2150.

Next Intakes

  • April 2021 to February 2022 – Saturdays and Sundays at TAC Tooting
  • April 2021 to February 2022 – Monday evenings at TAC Clapham
  • September 2021 to July 2022 – Wednesday evenings at TAC Clapham
  • September 2021 to July 2022 – Weekends at TAC Tooting

Intake Dates

Mondays, April 2021 to February 2022. Application deadline 18th February 2021.

Weekends, April 2021 to February 2022. Application deadline 25th February 2021.

Wednesdays, September 2021 to July 2022. Application deadline 30th June 2021.

Weekends, September 2021 – July 2022. Application deadline 16th July 2021.

Course Fees

Selection Day: £75, a non-refundable fee.

The Foundation Certificate in Counselling: £2150. A non-refundable deposit of £400 to be paid once you are accepted onto the course.

You can pay for the course in one lump sum of £1935, offering a 10% discount of £215. Or you can pay in monthly direct debits spread across the duration of your study, after paying the £400 deposit.

Additional Fees

Academic Writing

The Awareness Centre offers its students access to On Your Team, who can provide individual coaching in academic writing and/or the editing of essays.  On Your Team offers coaching at an hourly rate of £50.  Editing fees for a 2500-word essay range from £65 to £80 depending on the amount of editing required.



Further Information

For further information, please email please contact our Training Administrator Dan Smith on or call 020 8673 4545.

To Book

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