We are the principal provider of counselling training in Peterborough

Our courses are awarded by CPCAB, who provide nationally-recognised qualifications of a high standard.  As a college which has offered counselling courses for a number of years, we are experienced in providing opportunities for learners’ different learning styles.

We offer a range of counselling courses from Introduction to Counselling, to the  Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Level 4. When you have completed and achieved the Level 4 you will be qualified to practice as a counsellor initially with the support of an agency and then as a counsellor, possibly in private practice.

The lower level qualifications will provide the skills for those that work in any job roles which involve working with people, in the NHS, Education, Social Services, Public Centre, Care Industry, Emergency Services and the Voluntary Sector.

We have a range of CPD courses for the development of trainees and qualified counsellors and these hours can be used towards hours required by BACP.

You will be invited to attend an interview before you enrol (except for the First Steps into Counselling) to ensure the counselling course you wish to join is suitable for you.

Courses will be delivered inline with government Covid guidelines.

Courses starting from September 2021

We offer a complete range of courses: from one-day tasters and CPD through to short courses in communication and Counselling Skills suitable for use in any environment, and courses in Therapeutic Counselling to professional qualification and beyond. We also offer tailor-made courses in communication for corporate customers and health/care professionals.

Courses include:

CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

  • Monday 6th September  17:15-20:30
  • Thursday 9th September  9:30-12:45

28 sessions

Fee: £595

CPAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies

  • Monday 6th September  17:15-20:30
  • Thursday 9th September  13:45-17:00

28 sessions

Fee: £811*

CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

  • Wednesday 8th September  9:15-15:30
  • Wednesday 8th September  17:00-21:00

72 sessions (over a 2 year period)

Fee: £4,670*

You will be asked to attend an interview before you enrol onto one of our counselling qualification courses to make sure the course is suitable for you.  Please contact a member of our Customer Service Team on (01733) 761361 to find out more information or email admin@citycollegepeterborough.ac.uk.

*You may be eligible for a 19+ Loan.



Does the college give help with finding a suitable placement?

We give support however it is your responsibility, in the end, to find and be accepted on a placement.  We strongly recommend that you find placement as soon as possible after being accepted on the Diploma course. We Can provide references for trainees for these posts.

How long does it take to become a counsellor?

This varies slightly depending on how fast you learn and the route you choose. It will normally take 4 years. The length of time is important because there is a lot of work to do on yourself and your own life and this process cannot be hurried.

When do I start at my placement?

You need to be working in a placement in the first year of the diploma to proceed to the second year. This means that you will start counselling clients in the first year once you have been signed off by the tutors. Tutors give you a certificate when they believe you are proficient to begin to see clients. Your counselling Placement hours will begin at this stage.

Is this course BACP accredited?

It is not BACP Accredited but fulfils most of the requirements for an accredited course. There is an additional accreditation process. This is detailed on the BACP website.

What about government plans for a Register of Counsellors?

You will need to register within 2 years, after successful completion of the course. We suggest that you do this as soon as possible after completing the diploma course.

Is there work at the end of this?

There is no guarantee or work, and most – though not all – counsellors have a portfolio of work rather than one employer. It is often necessary to continue to work in a voluntary capacity after qualifying, to build up hours and experience.

Can I get any help with financing these courses?

Levels 3 and 4 are now eligible for 19+ Advance Learning Loan

Useful links

Counselling Directory

CPCAB Website  (Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body)

BACP Website (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy)