Certificate in Counselling

Part-Time | 12 Days | Quality Checked by NCS | Exeter & Poole

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Group of happy peopleWhy study this course at Iron Mill College?

Learn with a specialist mental health and wellbeing college that will immerse you into the world of counselling. You'll be taught by our highly experienced lecturing 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 provides premilinary training in the use of counselling skills. 

Course Description

  • This course allows you to gain your Certificate in Counselling in one 12-day programme that runs over 12-weeks.
  • It will leave you with a deeper understanding of yourself, the healing aspects of relationship 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 face to face. 
  • Available to study in Exeter, Devon or in Poole, Dorset, either as a weekday (weekly) course or as a weekend (monthly) course.



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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?

This course will give you the eligbility to apply for and progress onto our Advanced Diploma or the FdA Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling courses to qualify as a counsellor at Iron Mill College. Please see the chart below for your counselling study route with us. 

Counselling Route (1)

If you are looking to ehance your career as a helping professional, this course can also benefit and grow your skillset when working with people. 

What will you study?

Content:
Day 1: Welcome Day
Day 2: Introduction to Relational Depth
Day 3: Introduction to the Person-Centred Approach
Day 4: Cultural Empathy
Day 5  Active Listening Skills Day
Day 6: A Sense of Self
Day 7  Focus Forward
Day 8: Introduction to Transactional Analysis
Day 9  Transference
Day 10: Ethical Decision Making
Day 11 Working in Groups 
Day 12: Celebrations and Endings

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)
(b) Diary / Journal (2000 words; externally set 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 2.5 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. 

Award: 
Iron Mill College Certificate in Counselling.

Please note: 
Completion of this course does not provide a route to registration with the National Counselling Society (NCS) and detailed individual applications to NCS are required for this purpose, where applicable.

Course dates

Applications received less than 4 weeks before the start of the course will be processed at the discretion of the Programmes Lead. If this is the case, please contact us for further details as soon as possible. For the full course dates, please see the available 'Downloads Tab' section of this web page. 


Upcoming Exeter intakes: 

Autumn Term 2022: 

  • Starts Friday 9th September 2022, Friday intake, 10am - 5pm, runs over 12 weeks.
  •  Starts Saturday 17th September 2022, Weekend intake, 10am - 5pm, runs over 12 weeks. 

Spring Term 2023: 

  • Starts Friday 6th January 2023, Friday intake, 10am - 5pm, runs over 12 weeks.
  • Starts Saturday 21st January 2023, Weekend intake, 10am - 5pm, runs over 12 weeks.

Summer Term 2023:

  • Starts Friday 28th April 2023, Friday intake, 10am - 5pm, runs over 12 weeks.

Upcoming Poole intakes

Autumn Term 2022: 

  • Starts Friday 16th September 2022, Friday intake, 10am - 5pm, runs over 12 weeks. 

Spring Term 2023: 

  • Starts on 21st and 22nd January 2023, Weekend intake, 10am - 5pm, runs over 12 weeks.

Summer Term 2023:

  • Starts Friday 28th April 2023, Friday intake, 10am - 5om, runs over 12 weeks. 

Applying for this course

How to apply: 
You can apply by submitting:

  • Your £350.00 Enrolment Deposit (Non-Refundable) to reserve your place via the Booking Form Tab (See the How much will it cost? tab above) and completing the application form that will be sent to you via email once your deposit has been paid
  • If you require assistance in completing your application, please contact admissions@ironmill.co.uk

Please contact Amanda Murrell via email, amanda.murrell@ironmill.co.uk  if you are ‘technically economically inactive and over the age of 25’ and interested in taking one of our qualifying courses.

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. 

Final application date: 
The deadline for applications is 4 weeks before the start of the course date. A decision will be made on whether the course will run, based on confirmed and accepted places, 4 weeks before the start date of the course.  Any applications received after the 4-week deadline will only be processed at the discretion of the Programmes Lead. 

Please note: 
Completion of this course does not provide a route to registration with the National Counselling Society (NCS) and detailed individual applications to NCS are required for this purpose, where applicable.

How much will it cost?

Courses commencing between 1st Jan'22 - 31st Dec'22:
Option 1 (Total Payable £1,015.00):
An Enrolment Deposit of £350.00 (Non-Refundable) followed by one instalment of £665.00.

Option 2 (Total Payable £1,070.00):
An Enrolment Deposit of £350.00 (Non-Refundable) followed by two instalments of £360.00 (payable by direct debit only).

Bespoke payment plans (Total Payable £1,070.00):
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 / admissions@ironmill.co.uk for further information.

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


Applicants are invited to enrol by paying the Enrolment Deposit (which shall be fully non-refundable in all circumstances) as well as submitting all application documents (see the 'Applications' tab for further information). 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 before applying and paying their Enrolment Deposit (Non-Refundable). These documents can be found in the 'Downloads' tab below. 

Please contact Amanda Murrell if you are ‘technically economically inactive and over the age of 25’ and interested in taking one of our qualifying courses.

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 (via PayPal) 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 / enquiries@ironmill.co.uk 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.

Certificate in Counselling is Quality Checked by the National Counselling Society (NCS).

This course alone is not a route to the Accredited Register nor does it fully equip a graduate to practice as a qualified counsellor.  

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Starting in September 2022 in Poole and Exeter!

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