Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis Theory

This course is for those who would like to deepen their theoretical knowledge of TA and to apply it in a range of area such as personal development, counselling, coaching, management, parenting, education, and psychotherapy. This is a stand- alone course and must be completed by those wanting to progress to our counselling and psychotherapy training. Teaching will be interactive, with taught elements, case examples and experiential exercises. Groups will be a maximum of 20 participants but generally we like to limit them to 16.

Pre Course requirement: Attendance on TA101 ,  Qualifications and Experience criteria (Download here) , Completed application form and successful interview.  Interview Dates: 5pm – 7pm on Sun 27th January, Sun 19th March, Sun 26th May, Sun 21st July.  Or 7pm – 9pm on Tues 12th February, Weds 19th June, Thurs 5th September.  Please contact us to apply and book an interview .

Places are limited and from our experience of the intake year 2018/2019, we would advise applying as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Sample Content:

  • Week 1. The foundations of TA, learning expectations and group contract ( Contracting)
  • Week 2. Different aspects of the self and other ( Ego States)
  • Week 3. Communication styles and social needs (Transactions and Stroke)
  • Week 4. Attachment, brain function and child development ( Attachment)
  • Week 5. Early experiences and foundations of our beliefs ( Script, Life Positions)
  • Week 6. Early decisions and how they affect us (Drivers and Injunctions)
  • Week 7. Repetitive patterns with self and others ( Games and Rackets)
  • Week 8. How we maintain our view of the world ( Discounting/Symbiosis/ Passivity)
  • Week 9. Groups and how they affect us ( Group boundaries/process)
  • Week 10. Personality types and saying goodbye (Personality Adaptations)

Course Dates (Group 1 /2 ) (Academic year 2018/2019):

  • October 20/21
  • November 17/18
  • December 15/16
  • January 19/20 (2019)
  • February 9/10 (2019)
  • March 16/17 (2019)
  • April 27/28 (2019)
  • May 18/19 (2019)
  • June 15/16 (2019)
  • July 13/14 (2019)

Course Dates (Group 3) (Academic year 2018/2019):

  • October 27/28
  • November 24/25
  • December 8/9
  • January 12/13 (2019)
  • February 16/17 (2019)
  • March 9/10 (2019)
  • March 23/24 (2019)
  • April 6/7 (2019)
  • May 25/26 (2019)
  • June 29/30 (2019)

Assessment: Ongoing learning journal, short questionnaires following each weekend, two essays on aspects of TA (2000, 1000 words)

Personal Therapy: Personal therapy (min 40 sessions per year) is a requirement for those wanting to continue on to the clinical years. For those who only want to attend this year personal therapy is strongly encouraged to get the best from the course.

Recognition: On completion of this course successful participants will be awarded a Certificate in TA Theory and if they have completed the therapy requirement can apply for a UKATA award.


£1830 (2018/2019 course fee)

Payment Options:

Termly payment scheme available


Foundation year is 10 weekends, between Oct and July, 9.30-4.30 on both days

Next Course: October 2019



Sussex Rural Business Centre, Plumpton College, Ditchling Road, Plumpton, East Sussex BN7 3AE


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Available Dates

October 2019 to July 2020

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