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Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Practitioner Status)

The Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling is a course written and delivered by PC Counselling and Training Ltd and is Accredited by the National Counselling Society (NCS) ,subject to NCS Terms & Conditions, holds the Quality Mark of One Awards and is a route onto a national register of counsellors which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Course aims: The course is designed to educate and prepare learners to work as ethical counselling practitioners.

Course objectives:

  • Understand all 3 main counselling approaches
  • Apply counselling theory to practice
  • Develop counselling skills
  • Recognise legal and ethical aspects of counselling
  • Develop a good understanding of self

Entry requirements:

Entry onto the Advanced Diploma is through application form and interview process only. Learners must have a level 3 counselling qualification to be considered for this course.

Please email us to request an application form.

Achieving the Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling:

To achieve this qualification learners will study 8 counselling units which address counselling theories; counselling skills; personal and professional development; ethics, equal opportunities and the law; professional and supervised practice; common client issues and research. All units must be complete to achieve the full qualification and reach practitioner status.

How the Course is delivered:

  • The course will be delivered for 8 hours a day over 30 weeks per year for 2 years.

Please see Announcements on the homepage for up to date course dates and times.

The course will be delivered at:

  • The Clervaux Exchange, Clervaux Terrace, Jarrow, NE32 5UP

Learners will experience short lectures; small and large group discussions; skills practice; self-directed learning; case presentations; assignment writing; group and individual presentations; reading and researching in the first year of study. The second year will be the same as above with the addition of working voluntarily in an organisation as a trainee counsellor to complete 100 hours of counselling experience. Attending regular supervision with a qualified supervisor is also a mandatory requirement. All delivery will be face to face in our very Covid safe building and in accordance with current Government guidelines.

How the Course is assessed: This course is more practice based than academic and is assessed via a range of written and recorded methods. A minimum of 1 written assignment is required per unit with the addition of self and peer assessments, tutor assessments and visual recordings of skills practice work in the classroom environment. All work is Quality Reviewed by One Awards at the end of each academic year.

PC Counselling and Training Ltd Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling holds the Quality Mark of One Awards and is also Accredited by the National Counselling Society (NCS) and adheres to their Code of Ethical Practice as well as following the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions (2018).

Students are not required to become members of NCS or BACP but are encouraged to do this once they have enrolled with PC Counselling and Training Ltd at a reduced rate for students.

Progression: Once learners have completed all the work for all the units of the course and have accrued the required 100 supervised placement hours, the learner will then be a qualified practitioner and be able to work as a counsellor for themselves in private practice or for an organisation.

Progression is not a mandatory requirement at this time but learners could apply to do an Honours or Masters Degree with a local or national University.


Government funding is currently not available for this course. Learners are responsible for the payment of fees and the following options are available:

The full cost of the course is £2,150.00 per year, however if you pay in full at the start of the course or if you agree to adhere to our interest free payment scheme you can save £100 and only pay £2050. All payments must be through bank transfer only

Learners must pay a non refundable deposit at the start of the course to secure their place,followed by 11 monthly interest free payments. Total cost for the first year of £2050 to be paid before progression onto year 2. Other payment options are available but must be agreed by the Director prior commencement of the course and will incur interest charges.

A first payment can be made at the start of year 2 followed by 11 monthly interest free payments. Total of £2050 for year 2 to be paid in full before certification will be given.