The tutor has been fantastic throughout! Very knowledgeable and approachable.
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).
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.
- 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
Mondays, April 2021 to February 2022. Application deadline 18th February 2021.
Mondays, April – February 2022
Application Deadline: 18th February 2021
Selection Day: Saturday 20th February 2021, 10.00am to 5.00pm
All training takes place on Monday evenings from 6.00pm – 9.30pm, at our Clapham centre. Training and Selection Days will remain online until at least March 2021.
Weekends, April 2021 to February 2022. Application deadline 25th February 2021.
April 2021 – February 2022
Location: Training – TAC Tooting
Application Deadline: 25th February 2021
Selection Day: Saturday 27th February 2021, 10.00am to 5.00pm
All training takes place once a month from 10.00am – 4.00pm on weekends. Training and Selection Days will remain online until at least March 2021.
Wednesdays, September 2021 to July 2022. Application deadline 30th June 2021.
Wednesdays, September – July 2022
Application Deadline 30th June 2021
Selection Day: Saturday 3rd July 2021, 10.00am to 5.00pm
All training takes place on Wednesday evenings from 6.00pm – 9.30pm, at TAC Clapham. Training and Selection Days will remain online until at least March 2021.
Weekends, September 2021 – July 2022. Application deadline 16th July 2021.
Weekends, September 2021 – July 2022
Application Deadline: 16th July 2021
Selection Day: Saturday 17th July 2021, 10.00am – 5.00pm
All training takes place on weekends from 10.00am – 16.00pm. Training and Selection Days will remain online until at least March 2021.
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.
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.
For further information, please email please contact our Training Administrator Dan Smith on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8673 4545.
After searching many counselling courses online, I came across the Foundation Certificate in Counselling course with The Awareness Centre. I decided to apply for this course, as I really liked the sound of what was being offered.
I can clearly say that now I am halfway through the course, it is one of the best decisions I have ever made. The course is put together very well, I have amazing classmates and an excellent teacher who is knowledgeable and approachable. Bonny makes the classes fun, interactive and is always helpful if you have any questions.
This course has truly been an invaluable learning experience for me and has given me a good grounding in counselling theory and practical skills. My self-confidence has grown because of this course, which is due to the great support that I have received from The Awareness Centre staff.
This course has exceeded my expectations significantly, and I would recommend it to anyone who is unsure which counselling course to take.
Sal Choudhry, HA6
A fantastic tutor who has shown great patience, knowledge, warmth and fairness in their guidance of the course.
It was such a great way to learn both theory and to deepen our understanding of ourselves.
I started the Certificate in Counselling Skills course with The Awareness Centre in January and I’ve enjoyed it so much. I feel I have learned so much in such a short time. Our tutor Bonny is excellent and is always ready to answer questions with a wealth of experience and knowledge; her passion for Counselling and for teaching our course really shines through. I’m lucky that I get to share the course with some brilliant people too, we have such a diverse and interesting group; I’ve really learned so much from everyone I’m working with.
Through the course my own personal development has been really interesting – to recognise my strengths but also areas that I was not aware of that needed more improvement, but this has still been a very positive process for me and I believe that although the work is always ongoing; I am a much better person for this course and look forward to continuing working on myself to become a good Counsellor in the future.
The training team has been excellent and very supportive and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend both TAC and the course to anyone.
Excellent tutor and standard of teaching. Cannot rate Karen highly enough.
The Foundation Course in Counselling is a very well put together course. The information is relevant, well-structured into modules and thoroughly explained by our wonderful tutor Karen. I enjoy the triads group practices more than anything else. It is through this personal development group that I personally make the most sense of the theory we are learning about. There is ample time for reading and reflection in the weeks that separate the meetings. I feel that I have grown as a person by embarking on this course, learning about the core conditions of person centred therapy and applying them to my relationships. It’s been a wonderful experience so far and I would recommend this course if you are looking for a safe environment in which to learn and practice basic counselling skills.
The tutor is encouraging, very knowledgeable, and responsive to their students’ learning needs and styles.
The teaching on Freud and Erikson was particularly good. It is a huge area of work to cover in such a short time and the course provided an excellent introduction to psychodynamic theory.
Such a patient, kind and warm tutor, highly skilled in the management of group dynamics. I can’t thank them enough for their unwavering support over the last 8 months.