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: We will re-open our Training Centre at Clapham in January 2021 and will deliver our courses face-to-face. 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.  The course runs on Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm to 9.30 pm at our Training School in Clapham.  The course fee is £2150.


Intake One runs from January 2020 to November 2020 *This intake is now full.
Intake Two runs from April 2020 to November 2020 *This intake is now full.
Intake Three runs from September 2020 to July 2021 *This intake is now full.
Intake Four runs from January 2021 to July 2021


January to July 2021. Application deadline 12th November 2020.

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 10 monthly direct debit payments of £175 between January 2021 – September 2021, after paying the £400 deposit.

To Book

Please click on the selection date below

Further Information

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