Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

1. I am new to counselling which level should I enter at?
2. Is the level 5 course BACP Accredited?
3. Why don’t you become a BACP Accredited course provider?
4. Can I apply for BACP Accreditationor Membership on completion of the level 5 course?
5. What is the difference between BACP Membership and BACP Accreditation?
6. Is the BACP the only professional counselling organisation out there?
7. Do I have to be a Member of the BACP to get a job in counselling?
8. Do I have to have BACP Accreditation to get a job in counselling?
9. Why are your courses more expensive than the other local providers?
10. Can you guarantee a placement?
11. What kind of clients will I be working with at Supporting Minds?
12. Do I have to have a placement with Supporting Minds?
13. Can I apply for a 24+ Loan for any of the courses?
14. Can I apply for a student NUS card?
15. Do you have a library of books to borrow?
16. Which books do you recommend for the course?


I am new to counselling which level should I enter at?

"This all depends on a number of things; your current job role, your previous academic studies, your confidence and where you see your counselling career going. Some people go straight onto the level 5 course and some people prefer to start at level 2. This is something that we will guide you with if you give us a call."



Is the level 5 course BACP Accredited?

"No. All this simply means is that on completion of the course you can apply to become an Independent Member of the BACP and will have two years to complete the BACP’s Certificate of Proficiency (CoP). This is free to do but you will need to travel to a larger city like Nottingham or Leeds to complete an online, multi choice quiz. It is very simple to do. On completion of the CoP you can then apply to become a Member of the BACP."



Why don’t you become a BACP Accredited course provider?

"Because it will cost around £8000 to apply and a few thousand pounds every time we have to renew and we would have to increase our course prices to be able to do this, this isn’t something we feel is worth it."



Can I apply for BACP Accreditationor Membership on completion of the level 5 course?

"The BACP have recently changed their Accreditation criteria it is now as follows; You can apply for Accreditation 3 years post qualification. You need to have 450 client hours, 150 of which need to be post qualification. This means that you can count the hours you have completed as a student counsellor (yay!). You need to have 450 hours of classroom time. Any counselling related courses can contribute towards this, including our level 5 course. However, you cannot build up your 450 hours doing short courses of 10-20 hours each. The level 5 weekend courses will contribute 240 hours towards the 450 hours. If you know that you definitely want to apply for BACP Accreditation you may want to consider completing our BTEC Level 3 and BTEC Level 5 weekly courses which will take you to 540 hours of the 450 hours. This is a three year commitment and you will achieve two qualifications- A level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills and a level 5 Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling."



What is the difference between BACP Membership and BACP Accreditation?

"To work as an ethical, qualified counsellor in the UK you need to be a member of a professional body such as the BACP. On completion of our level 5 course you will be able to apply for BACP Membership. To demonstrate further experience and knowledge you can apply for BACP Accreditation- this is a lengthy process (see Q. 4) and may open up further job opportunities."



Is the BACP the only professional counselling organisation out there?

"No. The National Counselling Society are also another good professional counselling body that is similarly recognised like the BACP. There are also a number of other organisations such as the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). They all have differing entry requirements which you will need to check with each of the individual bodies."



Do I have to be a Member of the BACP to get a job in counselling?

"No. But you do need to be a member of a professional counselling body to demonstrate that you are a professional, ethical practitioner. You will find it difficult to apply for a job without being a professional member. If you only plan to work in private practice it is advisable that you are still a member of a professional body for insurance purposes and again to demonstrate that you are an ethical practitioner."



Do I have to have BACP Accreditation to get a job in counselling?

"No. Some counselling organisations will ask that you are an Accredited counsellor or working towards Accreditation however there are plenty of jobs out there that do not require you to be an Accredited counsellor."



Why are your courses more expensive than the other local providers?

"We only run nationally recognised BTEC counselling courses. This means that regardless of where you are in the country your qualification will be recognised. We have two quality reviews a year where BTEC audit our centre; our policies and procedures, ensure our tutors are qualified to a high standard, review our lessons and students works to ensure that it is all of a high quality."



Can you guarantee a placement?

"Yes, we can guarantee a placement for your 100 hours."



What kind of clients will I be working with at Supporting Minds?

"We work with children as young as 5 years old with no age limit for a wide range of conditions including but not limited to bereavement, anxiety, depression, addiction and relationship problems."



Do I have to have a placement with Supporting Minds?

"No. We encourage you to get placements elsewhere too and we will guide you on how to find these. The more experience you have within different organisations the more knowledge you will gain and the more employable you will become once you qualify."



Can I apply for a 24+ Loan for any of the courses?

"Unfortunately not as we are a private, not for profit organisation that is not funded in any way by the government or the Skills Funding Agency. We try and help with this by offering monthly repayments."



Can I apply for a student NUS card?

"No, similar to Q. 14 as we are not a government funded organisation we are not able to apply for student NUS cards unfortunately."



Do you have a library of books to borrow?

"We have a small but growing collection of books. Students are welcome to use them during study sessions and to take away for short periods of time. The local libraries are usually very good at buying in any specific books you may need. You can also join the library at the University of Lincoln for £20 a year and access all of their texts."



Which books do you recommend for the course?

"We definitely recommend a couple of books which will be useful throughout the whole course starting from Day 1. Tony Merry Learning and Being in Counselling and Psychotherapy Mick Cooper et al The Handbook of Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy"