30 hour programme run termly in a variety of attendance modes:

Evening: 10 week Evening programme (usually 6-9pm over 10 evening sessions)
Fast-track: 5 week daytime programme (usually 9.30 – 4.30 – delivered in 2 x 3 hour workshops per day over 5 days)

Next Intake:

Evening Programme: Training commences Wednesday 1st March 2023.
All application documents should be submitted via email to prevent processing delays.


Click on the links below to download the supporting application materials. Applications are invited from anyone aged 18+ interested in embarking on an initial course in counselling. Applications must be supported by an impartial reference prior to the commencement of training. References can either be included with the application or sent directly to admissions@spti.net

Counselling Concepts Application FormCourse Information Sheet
Counselling Concepts Reference FormCounselling Concepts FAQ’s
Timetable: term 1 – eveningsSPTI Privacy Notice
Timetable: term 2 – eveningsTimetable: term 3 – fast track

The Level 2 Award in Counselling Concepts provides an introduction to counselling and may be of interest to you if:

  • You would like a realistic understanding of the nature of counselling training.
  • You would like to enhance and improved your verbal and communication skills.
  • You would like to experience working in groups of different sizes.
  • You would like to enhance your career prospects through extra qualifications.
  • You are undertaking voluntary work.
  • You are seeking a career change.
  • You are returning to study.
  • You would like to enhance your self-awareness.

Information Evenings

Our free information evening events are a key component of our enquiry and application process which our prospective applicants find helpful and informative. We actively encourage attendance at one of these sessions to support decision making. These events offer the opportunity to meet with key staff including Programme Leaders to find out more about our training programmes, our ethos along with our approach to training. Please note that due to demand for places on our events, a deposit is required to secure your place, and this is refunded when you attend.

We have one available information evening for the Counselling Concepts course:

Tuesday 17th January 2023 from 6:30-8:00pm

Click here to book an Information Evening


The course consists of the following three units, which are internally and externally moderated:

  • Unit 1 The professional context of counselling
  • Unit 2 Communication skills in helping relationships
  • Unit 3 An introduction to personal development

The course is externally validated by Skills and Education Group Awards and offers a 5 credit award at level 2 (GCSE level of study) qualification on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF link). Further details regarding the programme can be found at: skillsandeducationgroupawards.co.uk/qualification/level-2-award-in-counselling-concepts


The £340 tuition fee includes the Skills and Education Group Awards registration and certification charges. Fees are valid for one academic year until 1st September 2023 

Attendance requirements

A minimum of 80% attendance to pass is required by Skills and Education Group Awards

Please note: One funded place per Level 2 cohort and one 50% funded place per Foundation Access intake. Bursaries will be awarded one month before commencement of training.

To apply for this funding please download and complete the form via link below.

Foundation Access Course >