Considering a Career Change? Get into Counselling

There has been a rise in counselling services across the UK and overseas and the corresponding rise in demand for qualified counsellors. We at the Counselling Training Centre they are able to offer a suite of counselling qualifications that allows entry from level 2 to level 6 designed to respond to this need by training you to an adequate professional standard in terms of both theoretical knowledge and practice skills allowing you to obtain all of the necessary elements.

The level 4 qualification will infer professional status and allow you to register as a professional member as a ‘counsellor’ with the BACP British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, National Counselling Society (NCS) and other professional bodies.

Counselling Courses from Level 2 – 6 Counselling Courses

Do I have to meet with my tutor or support advisor?

Yes. The communication you have with your tutor will be either via email or telephone and face to face dependent on the level of study. Any communication you have with our support team will also be via email, telephone or in person.

Does the qualification expire after I have my certificate?

No. Once you complete a course you will gain a nationally recognised qualification which lasts forever and will be beneficial to you throughout your entire working career.

 Is there a time limit or any deadlines?

Depending on your fee status, there will be deadlines for you to meet within your course. We will suggest targets for you to aim towards to encourage you with your study. You will be reminded of this throughout your course via email and via your tutor. You should try to meet these targets when submitting your assessments. Your tutor will provide guidance and support throughout your course during sessions, through email and telephone communication.

Do I need any computer skills?

You only need very basic skills to complete a course. If you do any shopping online or use any social media websites then you will find our online learning platforms, EQUAL and MOODLE, very easy to use. Even if you do not regularly use a computer, as long as you know how to turn it on and access the internet, then the helpful guides and videos on will provide you with all the help you need to get started online.

Do I need a computer to take the course?

Yes. You will need a computer to access your emails and use the internet when carrying out research. Even if you choose to complete a face-to-face course, you will need to access your emails throughout your study and access the internet when completing further research tasks.

 Do I need to buy anything else to go with the course?

No. As long as you have a working computer, a pen and some paper, you will have no problems completing a course with us. If you complete an online or face-to-face course, all of the resources you need will be accessible online or via local libraries and resources available at IODT.

What is in the course content?

Each course covers a particular area of study through a detailed exploration of the subject matter. This includes subject specific case studies, thought provoking activities, further research tasks, key facts, summary pages and ‘Stop and Think’ sections where learners are encouraged to consider how the learning content may mirror reality. If you decide to study a course that is fully online, a wide range of exciting games and interesting videos will also be included in the course content. Within the courses, there are often prompts for further personal exploration and sometimes you will carry out some research yourself, which will help you answer the assessment questions fully.

What levels are the courses at and what does this mean?

We have courses from Level 2 course, which is equivalent to a GCSE level qualification through to our level 6 courses, which are equivalent to the final year of an undergraduate degree. If you successfully complete your course, you can progress on to the next level of study in your chosen subject area if you wish. Certificates are nationally recognised and will be issued to learners from NCFE by IODT once you have successfully completed your course.

How much is the course and when do I pay?

The courses costs from £250 to £3,995, which includes all of the lessons, learning resources and materials you will need to complete the course, it also includes the cost of registration and certification with the awarding body.

You can either pay for the course in full in a single payment, which is required before you begin your study, or start a course with one of our instalment plans.

Level two installment plan

With our installment plan you pay £99 to begin your course for the level 2 programs, and then pay a second installment of £99 when you are half way through the course – which will be around four to six weeks later. A final installment of £52 is required when you submit your final piece of work.

Level three installment plan

With our installment plan you pay £500 to begin your course for the level 3 programs, and then pay a monthly installment of £250 per month for eight months

Level four to six installment plan

With our level 4-6 installment plan you pay £500 to begin your course for the level 4, 5, or 6 programs, and then pay a monthly installments of £349.50 thereafter for 10 months.

How am I assessed?

Learners are assessed throughout their course by a series of short answer assessment questions, essays, role plays and discussions which are built into the course.

How do I submit my assessments?

Depending on your choice of learning method, you can submit your assessments for your tutor to mark either online via our learning platforms, EQUAL or MOODLE, by post, in person, fax or email.

Each course is broken down into manageable units and sections, and assessment questions are strategically placed at the end of each section to test you on the content while it is fresh in your mind. Your tutor will assess the standard and style of your work for each section and provide feedback. Once you have obtained your feedback, you will either move on to the next unit if you passed, or review the previous unit you have submitted until you pass.

How long will it take me to complete a course?

On average, a learner completes the courses with us in around 8 weeks to 15 months. We will provide flexible guidelines to encourage you to progress with your learning at a steady pace.

What will I gain from completing a course?

After completing a course with us, you will gain a nationally recognised qualification. This not only increases your general knowledge, but also increases your chances of securing a job, allowing you to develop your career and improve your chance of progressing in the workplace to reach your goals.

Alongside this, the course materials will help you to develop the necessary knowledge and confidence surrounding your chosen subject area. The activities and assessments are also designed to help you develop relevant research and academic writing skills.

What happens if I fail an assessment?

You try again! You will receive an email from us when your feedback is available online, so that you can take a look and find out whether you have passed or not. There is no such thing as failing an assessment, because your work is not graded; assessments are simply identified as pass or referred. If your answers are referred, your tutor will simply point out the answers which need a little bit more attention in order for you to rework your answer, resubmit and pass! When you pass a unit you move onto the next one, and when you pass your final unit you simply wait for your certificate to arrive! The details on maximum number of submissions are available in the learner guidelines.

How long will my certificate take to arrive?

Your certificate will take between six and eight weeks to arrive. Once you complete the course and submit your final piece of work, your assessments will be marked and your work will go through an external moderation process. Once this process is complete, we send your certificate to you as soon as possible.

Will the course help me get a job?

Successfully completing a course with us can definitely improve your career prospects as you will have gained a nationally recognised qualification. NCFE is a highly respected organisation with strict standards and requirements which each course is tailored to.

Is there a word count for my assessments?

No. There are no maximum or minimum word counts for the assessments and the majority are short answer questions which you can answer in as many words as you like. It is important that you demonstrate to your tutor that you have fully understood the question and applied your knowledge to each answer logically.

If your tutor feels that an answer needs a little more detail, they will point this out in your feedback and you will be able to go back to the answer and rework it until you pass.

Are the courses accredited? If so, who by?

Yes, this course has been approved and accredited by NCFE, Aim Awards, Edexcel and ABC; National Awarding Organisations. Successful students who complete a course will be awarded with a certificate of achievement by one of the awarding bodies at the end of their course and will have gained a nationally recognised qualification which can boost their career prospects in the future. All of our learning resources have been specifically designed by a team of sector specialists so you can be assured that the qualification you gain is of the highest quality.

Can anyone complete the course?

Yes, anyone who has a reasonable standard of basic education is suitable for our level 2 and level 3 courses. Our learning resources are all written in simple everyday language with no jargon and all in a logical structure, making the information easy to process and understand. Should you experience any difficulties with your course, you would have the support of your tutor and our admin team who can guide you through any part of your learning.

How can I progress after I complete the course?

Once you complete a course with us, your opportunities are endless. Not only will your employment opportunities improve by adding an accredited qualification to your CV, but you could also progress on to other areas of study.

Will I be a fully qualified Counsellor after I complete the course?

Yes. On completion of the Level 4 Diploma in counselling Practice or the ABC Level Diploma in Therapeutic counselling you can register as a full member of the National counselling society and after completing the proficiency exam and application a full member of the BACP

Who is suitable for the suite?

These qualifications are ideal for anyone who wishes to increase their understanding of counselling skills and techniques, to complement their current role or in order to engage in helpful interaction. They are the ideal basis for anyone hoping to continue study to attain a practitioner level qualifications in the sector.

Are there any exams?

The ABC level 4 Diploma has no exams associated with the course.

The Aim Awards courses have exams associated with them. There is no exam in the NCFE level 2, or 3 qualifications. There is also no exam in the level 2 ABC qualification.

Qualifications on Offer:

  •  ABC Level 2 Award in Counselling Concepts (QCF) £200 on-line/face to face
  •  Aim Awards Level 2 Award in Introduction to Counselling (QCF) £250 blended learning
  •  NCFE level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (QCF) £950 on-line/face to face
  •  NCFE level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills (QCF) £2,500 on-line/face to face
  •  Aim Awards Level 4 Diploma in Counselling  Practice (QCF) £3,995 on-line/face to face
  •  ABC Awards Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (QCF) £3,995 blended learning
  •  AIM Awards Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (QCF) £1,750 blended learning
  •  AIM Awards Level 6 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Informed by Research) (QCF) £1,450 blended learning

 Further Information please contact Julia on 01582 966 470 for the next Open Invitation Day. Or email  info@iodt.org 

Author: Helen Tucker

Helen Tucker is the founder of Women Talk. She is an award winning business woman who has been making an impact on individuals, organisations and community groups to maximise their personal & business potential since 1996.

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