Blended Learning Certificate in Counselling

Part-time | 12 days | Online & 3 in-person days in Exeter

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Why study this course at Iron Mill College?

Learn with a relational, specialist, mental health and wellbeing college that will immerse you into the world of counselling. You'll be taught by our highly experienced tutor team of professional counsellors who deliver quality training for our students in small group sizes. This course is designed to teach you the basic elements of counselling through humanistic approaches, and therapeutic models that provide premilinary training in the use of counselling skills.

Iron Mill College Blended Learning Certificate in Counselling students are entitled to 25% discount on all CPD workshops while they study with us, and on completion of their course as IMC Graduates. In addition, those students progressing to an eligible Advanced course with us will be entitled to 50% discount on all CPD workshops while they study with us. 

Course description

  • This course allows you to gain your Blended Learning Certificate in Counselling in one 12 day programme that runs over 5 weeks.
  • It will leave you with a deeper understanding of yourself, the healing aspects of relationships and how to support vulnerable others whilst reflecting on personal growth and experience of life.
  • Experiential exercises and skills work are integrated throughout the course.
  • The course is delivered online with 3 days of in-person teaching in Exeter, Devon. 
  • Please note that the content is exactly the same as the face-to-face Certificate in Counselling course

If you have an enquiry and wish to speak to a member of our team, please contact 01392 219200 or email

Watch our Blended Learning Certificate Tutor, Veronica Rosello talk about the course in more details below:

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Certificate in Counselling student testimonials

"I have never before learned so much about myself and about where I want to go in the future. I couldn't imagine a better place for my development than at the Iron Mill. The tutors, staff and students are all fantastic. Thanks to all of them."

Jess Houghton - Certificate in Counselling Graduate

"I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Iron Mill - there is a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere which makes for a very positive learning environment. My tutor was excellent and the course content was both challenging and enjoyable. I have gained invaluable new skills and made lasting friendships."

Frances Carpenter - Certificate in Counselling Graduate

"I wasn't sure what to expect of the Iron Mill course but I loved every minute of it. The tutors and course content are nothing short of excellent, I would definitely recommend studying here. Thank You so much!"

Laura Temple - Certificate in Counselling Graduate

Where will this course take you?

After completing this course, you will have the eligibility to enroll onto:

What will you study?

Blended Learning Certificate in Counselling Content: 
Session 1: Welcome Day
Session 2: Introduction to the Person-Centred Approach
Session 3: Cultural Empathy
Session 4: Introduction to Relational Depth and Active Listening
Session 5: Sense of Self
Session 6: Introduction to Transactional Analysis
Session 7: Transference
Session 8: Ethical Decision Making 
Session 9: Focusing Forward
Session 10: Working in Groups, Active Listening Skills (Part 1)

In person (3 days):

Session 11: Active Listening Skills plus in person skills practice
Session 12: Working in Groups, Active Listening Skills (Part 2)
Session 13: Celebrations and endings

Please visit our course dates section to see how this is split over the course schedule. 

Please note: The Blended Learning Certificate is delivered online as well as in the room. Students will therefore need to have suitable equipment, the technical ability to work online, and a private space to be able to fully engage with remote learning.

How will you be assessed?

Learning and assessment:
Training is delivered via a combination of tutor led sessions, creative group work, research and skills practise exercises. There is an expectation for students to reflect on their own learning and development throughout the course, and a requirement for students to undertake additional reading. 

Assessment is based on:
(a) Attendance (9.5 days minimum) please note that you must attend all 3 days of in-person training.
(b) 2000 word assignment.

Attendance requirements: 
Students should aim to attend all 12 days, and the minimum attendance criteria is 9.5 days out of 12. You can therefore still pass the attendance requirement of this course if you miss up to 2 days, by ‘making up’ the learning in the ways described in the course handbook, but 3 or more missed days mean you cannot meet the attendance criteria to pass the course. Please note that the Blended Learning in-person teaching days cannot be missed, these in-person teaching days meet our British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy eligibility to apply for our FdA Foundation Degree and Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling courses. 

Iron Mill College Blended Learning Certificate in Counselling.

Course dates


Course starts 26th April 2024 and is Online all day 930am-430pm

26th, 27th and 28th April 

5th, 12th 19th and 26th May

2nd and 9th June

In-person Dates:

21st, 22nd and 23rd June 2024 - In person in Exeter, 930am-4.30pm

Applying for this course

How to apply: 
You can apply by submitting:

  • Your £350.00 Enrolment Deposit (Non-Refundable) to reserve your place by using our 'Booking Form' on this website page. A confirmation email will be sent to the email address that you have provided as proof of purchase. Please check the confirmation email to click on the application form link to complete and process your application. Payments can also be made by contacting us
  • If you require assistance in completing your application, please contact

Please note:
Successful applications will be offered a place on the course once all of the application documents have been received and the Enrolment Deposit is paid. Completion of this course does not provide a route to registration with the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society (NCPS) and detailed individual applications to NCPS are required for this purpose, where applicable.

How much will it cost?

Courses commencing between 1st Jan'24 - 31st Dec'24:
Option 1 (Total Payable £1,140.00):
An Enrolment Deposit of £350.00 (Non-Refundable) followed by one instalment of £790.00.

Option 2 (Total Payable £1,200.00):
An Enrolment Deposit of £350.00 (Non-Refundable) followed by two instalments of £425.00 (payable by direct debit only).

Bespoke payment plans (Total Payable £1,200.00):
In order to facilitate students, Iron Mill College has introduced Bespoke Payment Plans which can be tailored to meet your specific needs. Please contact us at 01392 219200 / for further information.

If you are an organisation looking to book staff members onto this course, then please email to process your payment. 

Applicants are invited to enrol by paying the Enrolment Deposit by using the Booking Form on this website page (which shall be fully non-refundable in all circumstances) as well as submitting an application form that can be found as a link in your deposit payment confirmation email. The balance of course fees is payable as per the relevant schedule option above.

All applicants should ensure they read and understand the Terms and Conditions of the Student Agreement and the Tuition Fee Contract Terms and Conditions before applying and paying their Enrolment Deposit (Non-Refundable). These documents can be found in the 'Downloads' tab below. 

Tuition Fee Increases:
Tuition fees are reviewed in Autumn each year and are usually increased in line with CPI each January.

How to pay:
For initial course payments and deposits, you can pay online by using the booking form on this web page. You can also pay all fees by credit / debit card, either in person at Iron Mill College in Exeter, or over the phone by calling 01392 219200. Please note that we are unable to accept payments via American Express or Diners Club cards.

We also accept cash paid in person at Iron Mill College in Exeter, as well as cheques, which should be made out to 'Iron Mill College' and dropped in or sent to 'Iron Mill College, Morwenstow, 7 Barnfield Crescent, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1QT'. We can also accept payments by bank transfer and direct debit - please get in touch with us at 01392 219200 / for our bank details or a direct debit form. Please use your name as the reference when making such payments.

Additional expenses:
This will vary depending on your own circumstances, but all applicants must make sure they fully understand the additional expense requirements they will need to undertake during this course. Iron Mill College is unable to contribute to any of these additional costs; they are met by the student. These costs may include: Travel and boarding costs, Purchase of books. 

Course commencement:
Please note: Iron Mill College makes every effort to avoid altering course times, course commencement and conclusion dates. However, should any changes be necessary, you will be notified at the earliest opportunity. All courses run subject to demand and the formation of a viable class cohort, based on the enrolment of a minimum number of successful applicants. A full refund of course fees paid, including any deposit, will be given to all applicants in the event that a course does not proceed and at least 14 days’ notice (prior to the advertised course start date) will be given to applicants, in the event of a course cancellation or postponement. The college cannot be held liable for any remedy, damages or compensation beyond this.

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