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:

Training commences Wednesday daytime (fast-track), 26th June 2024
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 FormTimetable: term 3 (23-24) – Fast-track daytime 9.30 – 4.30 (5 sessions)
Counselling Concepts Reference FormCounselling Concepts FAQs
Course Information Sheet

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 evenings 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 evenings 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 information evenings, a deposit is required to secure your place, and this is refunded when you attend.

Click here to book an Information Evening (6:15pm to 8:00pm – Online)

  • Wednesday 8th May 2024


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 £355 tuition fee includes the Skills and Education Group Awards registration and certification charges. Fees are valid for one academic year until 1st September 2024 

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 >