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About our courses

We offer a range of counselling and health and social care courses that are professional and recognised qualifications. We want to make learning new skills, accessing education or changing career as simple and affordable as possible.

btec logo Level 2 Award Introduction to Counselling Skills


A great course for those looking to enhance their professional and personal skills or start their journey to becoming a qualified counsellor. Regardless of what job you do this course will provide you with the basic counselling skills that can be transferred to any setting.

You will develop your listening skills including verbal and non-verbal communication and how to apply these to a helping relationship. There will be plenty of opportunities to practice and develop the core counselling skills throughout the course. You will be introduced to the three main counselling theories; Humanistic, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Please note that completion of this course does not allow you to work as a qualified counsellor.

The units you will study are; Using Counselling Skills and Introduction to Counselling Skills Theory. Both units are 4 credits each with the award in total being worth 8 credits.


There are six short assignments to complete and these include a variety of journal entries, 200-300 word assignments, group work and presentations and practical assessments of your counselling skills.


Learners must be aged 16 and over.


Two weekends (Saturday & Sunday)


Weekend course (Sat/ Sun) 29, 30 July and 5, 6 August 2017

10am- 4pm each day


Early Bird Fee (to be paid before 30 June 2017)

Fee after 30 June 2017


Barclays Bank PLC
Supporting Minds CIC
Sort Code: 20 50 21
Account Number: 23 65 17 89


We will be based at The Carlton Centre in Lincoln.

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btec logo Level 5 Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling


On completion of this course you will have the required skills and knowledge to work as a professional, qualified counsellor in a variety of settings dependent on your interests and preference. On successful completion of this course you will be able to apply for Individual Membership of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy).

The transformative nature of this course will challenge your core beliefs and how you view those around you. You must be prepared to be challenged by your tutor, supervisor and counsellor who will all support your development as a counsellor and as a person.

If you have started your Level 5 BTEC studies with another provider you may be able to transfer over to us. You won't need to restart the course, we will pick up from where you left and you will only need to pay from where you start in the course ie the second year.


There are eight assessments to complete and include a variety of academic pieces of writing, practical demonstrations of your skills, presentations and self awareness activities.


To successfully complete the course you will need to complete 100 hours of counselling practice with clients over two years.

There are a variety of counselling providers in and around Lincoln that you may be able to secure suitable placements with and we will always guide you with where to find them and what kind of clients they work with.

Supporting Minds can provide you with a placement working with 16 year olds and over for a wide range of conditions. We are a unique service in the sense that we forgo tools and techniques in the counselling room in favour of the human connection, exploring the client as a whole being and working with the client to get to the root cause of their distress. We do not limit the number of sessions that an individual can attend and therefore we can have clients that stay for 6 sessions and some that have over 50 sessions.


It is a requirement that all counsellors and therefore student counsellors have regular supervision when working with clients. This ensures your safety, the client’s safety and aids to develop your skills and knowledge.

If you choose to have a placement with Supporting Minds supervision with us will be mandatory due to the way that we work; purely person centred, long term therapy and therefore our supervisors can support you with working in this unique way. We ask for a £20 contribution from you and we will cover the remaining cost through the £5 client contributions. You will also be able to bring any client work from other placements if you are not provided with a supervisor through them.

Different placement providers will have their own requirements regarding supervision so always check what they are when enquiring about a placement.

You will need to have 1 hour of supervision for every 8 hours of client work.


We recommend that you undergo some personal therapy over the two years, this ensures that you have addressed and worked through your own ‘stuff’ making you a safe, ethical, more understanding counsellor. It also provides you with the opportunity to find out more about yourself, uncover the 'real' you. This is something that is invaluable and will support the heavy emphasis on self reflection throughout the course.

Supporting Minds will support you in finding a suitable counsellor if need be. The cost of counselling starts from £30 an hour.


All learners must be aged 18 and over and will be assessed individually to determine their suitability to undertake foundation degree level learning and their ability to undergo the personal transformative nature of the course.

You do not need to have studied levels 2 or 3 in counselling to be accepted onto this course, we take into account your other previous academic qualifications, life experience, self awareness and most importantly you as a person.


2 years, 10 weekends a year.

10 am- 4 pm each day, Saturday and Sunday


Included in your fees;
Level 5 Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling tuition (2yrs, 1 weekend a month or once a fortnight)
Additional tutor support between sessions when needed
Access to online learning resources and support
Placement within Supporting Minds counselling service (100 hours)
Enhanced DBS (formerly CRB)



£450 deposit required to book your place on the course. Deposits due on 1st of the month prior to the course starting; March or August.
NB the deposit is non-refundable.

£4200, £450 deposit and then £156.25 monthly installment for 24 months.

First installment to be paid on 1st day of the month the course starts (April or September) and on the 1st of every month until the full balance has been paid. NB that should you choose to leave the course before completion you will be still be required to pay for the course in full over the payment period. By paying the deposit you are in agreement to these terms.


Barclays Bank PLC
Supporting Minds CIC
Sort Code: 20 50 21
Account Number: 23 65 17 89


SEPTEMBER 2017 1st Weekend of the month Starting Saturday 2 September 2017 10am- 4pm (Full list of dates on enquiry).

SEPTEMBER 2017 Term time fortnightly Starting Friday 8 September 9.30am- 2.30pm (Full list of dates on enquiry).


Interview Dates for September 2017

JULY interviews will now suit student need.

TELEPHONE interviews to suit student need


Lincoln courses will be held at The Carlton Centre.

Bridgend courses TBC.

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BTEC Quality Assessment
Report 2015/16

BTEC Quality Assessment
Report 2016/17

Level 5 Handbook

Level 5 BACP Progression