Foundation Certificate in Counselling

If you’re thinking about a career change and looking to take your first steps as a counsellor then this one-year training will give you the foundation you need. You’ll learn a range of models and approaches to counselling as well as developing your self-awareness and enhancing your interpersonal and communication skills.

Who can apply?
You don’t need any previous qualifications or experience to enrol on this course.

What’s the time commitment?
The Foundation Certificate is a one-year, part-time course that runs on weekday evenings and/or weekends at our Training School in Clapham or Tooting. That’s 100 guided learning hours over the year. Next intakes are:

September 2021 to July 2022
Wednesday evenings (6pm-9pm) at TAC Clapham

– Limited space available – enrolment to close soon.

January 2022 to November 2022
Weekends (Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm) at TAC Clapham

What’s the cost?
The course fee is £2150, and can be paid via monthly direct debit.
You can claim a 10% discount if you pay in full upfront. There’s also a £50 fee to cover enrolment and interview.

Who does the teaching?
Our tutors are experienced counselling professionals.

Will I gain practical experience too?
Yes, you’ll be practising counselling/helping skills with your peers throughout the course while learning about clear, professional boundaries.

What can I study after the Foundation Certificate?
You can go on to do the Diploma in Integrative Counselling, which leads to qualification as a professional counsellor.

How do I apply?
To enrol for the next Foundation Certificate you’ll need to complete our online application form. We’ll then contact you to arrange an interview. The enrolment fee is £50.

Course Content Overview

The Foundation Certificate is delivered in three modules across three terms and has three main components:

  • Theory lectures and discussion groups.
  • Skills practice workshops.
  • Personal development activities.

Read what previous students say about the course.

Module 1: Helping and Counselling

This module focuses on developing your understanding what counselling is and is not, and includes:

  • What do we understand by counselling?
  • How does counselling differ from others forms of helping?
  • Who can be helped by counselling?
  • Standards and ethics in counselling
  • The ‘core conditions’ of the person-centred model in counselling

Module 2: Ethics / Basic Human Development

This module introduces the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Profession (2018) and provides an overview of some key contributors in the field of basic human development:

  • Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
  • Erikson’s psychosocial model
  • Freud’s psychosexual model

Module 3: Modalities of Counselling

This module introduces a range of theoretical models, including:

  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Psychodynamic Therapy.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
  • An introduction to clinical supervision in counselling.

Course Assessment

To complete the course you will need to:

  • Attend 80% of the training
  • Complete a personal development journal
  • Demonstrate satisfactory progress in theoretical understanding, counselling skills practice, personal development, and how theory relates to personal experience. You’ll receive reflections and feedback from your tutor and peers throughout the course
  • Submit end-of-module reflective views
  • Pass two assignments (2500 words each)
  • Attend end-of-module tutorials
  • Have six sessions of personal therapy with an accredited integrative practitioner. This is at additional cost to you

Academic Writing

The Awareness Centre offers its students access to On Your Team, who offer one-to-one coaching in academic writing at an hourly rate of £50, and editing for typical fees of:

  • £65 to £80 to edit a 2,500-word essay
  • £85 to £120 to edit a 3,500-word essay

Choose the coaching option if your essay drafts need substantial editing and restructuring.

Further Information

For more information on the Foundation Certificate in Counselling, please email