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.

Following current Government guidance and the need to protect the health and welfare of our learners and staff we have introduced new methods of course delivery. This information is indicated on each course in our listings.

  • On-site Classroom (OS) All learners attend every lesson in one of our centres.
  • Blended Learning (BL) The group will be split in half. Learners will alternate between attending on-site and virtual classrooms.
  • Virtual Classroom (VC) All learners attend every class online.
  • Distance Learning (DL) Learning completed at home supported by some workshops where applicable.

 

September 2020 – July 2021 (except if 2-year course)

Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (OS)

Start Date: 08/09/2020
Time: 17:30-20:45
No of Sessions: 28
Fee: £575

For more information email admin@citycollegepeterborough.ac.uk. 

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Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (OS)

Start Date: 10/09/2020
Time: 13:45-17:00
No of Sessions: 25
Fee: £575

For more information email admin@citycollegepeterborough.ac.uk. 

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Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (OS)

Start Date: 09/09/2020
Time: 17:45-21:00
No of Sessions: 28
Fee: £811

For more information email admin@citycollegepeterborough.ac.uk. 

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Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (OS)

Start Date: 10/09/2020
Time: 09:15-12:30
No of Sessions: 28
Fee: £811

For more information email admin@citycollegepeterborough.ac.uk. 

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Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Yr 1) (OS)

Start Date: 08/09/2020
Time: 09:15-15:30
No of Weeks: 72 (over 2 years inc some Saturdays)
Fee: £4,670.00

For more information email admin@citycollegepeterborough.ac.uk. 

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Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Yr 1) (OS)

Start Date: 08/09/2020
Time: 17:00-21:00
No of Weeks: 72 (over 2 years inc some Saturdays)
Fee: £4,670.00

For more information email admin@citycollegepeterborough.ac.uk. 

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First Steps into Counselling (OS)

Start Date: TBC
Time: 09:30-17:00
No of Weeks: 1
Fee: £70

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For more information email admin@citycollegepeterborough.ac.uk. 


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:

  • One-day course: First Steps into Counselling
  • Counselling Skills Level 2
  • Counselling Studies Level 3
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, Level 4
  • Courses for Businesses

Please contact a member of our Customer Service Team on (01733) 761361 to find out more information or email admin@citycollegepeterborough.ac.uk.

FAQ’s

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)