The Foundation Certificate in Counselling

The Awareness Centre’s Foundation Certificate in Counselling offers you an opportunity to discover, explore and experience the field of counselling.

The course provides a robust theoretical and practical introduction to counselling, with an emphasis on putting your knowledge and skills into practice.

The course helps you to develop interpersonal skills and build therapeutic relationships, so you can attend sensitively and appropriately to the needs of your clients. We also work on the importance of establishing and maintaining clear professional and personal boundaries.

Self-awareness and personal development are vital components of the training. The course includes personal and professional development activities, counselling skills training, and an exploration and understanding of theories that underpin your counselling work.

Course Details

The Foundation Certificate is a one-year, part-time course run over a number of weekends from The Awareness Centre in Clapham SW4. The course is suitable if you are considering a career in counselling, or if you wish to develop your interpersonal and communication skills. This training offers 120 contact hours.


We are running two Foundation Certificate courses:

Intake 1: January 2020 to November 2020. Application deadline 25th October 2019

Scheduled Dates
Scheduled Dates
Intake 1: January – November 2020
Application Deadline: 25th October 2019
Selection Day: Saturday, 26th October 2019
Day 1Sunday, 12th January – Incl. Induction
Day 2Saturday, 1st February
Day 3Sunday, 2nd February
Day 4Saturday, 14th March
Day 5Sunday, 15th March
Day 6Saturday, 4th April
Day 7Sunday, 5th April
Day 8Saturday, 16th May
Day 9Sunday, 17th May
Day 10Sunday, 7th June
Day 11Sunday, 21st June
Day 12Saturday, 11th July
Day 13Sunday, 12th July
Day 14Saturday, 19th September
Day 15Sunday, 20th September
Day 16Saturday, 10th October
Day 17Sunday, 11th October
Day 18Saturday, 24th October
Day 19Sunday, 25th October
Day 20Sunday, 15th November

Intake 2: April 2020 to November 2020. Application deadline 31st January 2020.

Scheduled Dates
Scheduled Dates
Intake 2: April – November 2020
Application Deadline: 31st January 2020
Selection Day: Sunday 1st March 2020
Day 1Saturday, 25th April – Incl. Induction
Day 2Sunday, 26th April
Day 3Saturday, 2nd May
Day 4Sunday, 3rd May
Day 5Saturday, 30th May
Day 6Sunday, 31st May
Day 7Sunday, 28th June
Day 8Saturday, 18th July
Day 9Sunday, 19th July
Day 10Saturday, 5th September
Day 11Sunday, 6th September
Day 12Saturday, 12th September
Day 13Sunday, 13th September
Day 14Saturday 3rd October
Day 15Sunday, 4th October
Day 16Saturday, 17th October
Day 17Sunday, 18th October
Day 18Saturday, 7th November
Day 19Sunday, 8th November
Day 20Saturday, 28th November

Course Fees

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

The Foundation Certificate in Counselling: £1850. A non-refundable deposit of £350 to be paid once you are accepted onto the course.

You can pay for the course in one lump sum, offering a 10% discount of £185.

Or you can pay 10 monthly standing order payments of £150, after paying the £350 deposit.

To Book

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Further Information

For further information, please email our Training Manager Kevin Hamilton on or call 020 8673 4545.