Diploma in Counselling (Level 6)

Diploma in Counselling (Level 6)

The first year of the Diploma in Counselling (level 6) is the Foundation Year Certificate in TA Theory which ensures students have a comprehensive grounding in transactional analysis theory, personal awareness, and facilitation skills.

The further two years (Clinical Year 1 & 2) focus on the clinical application of in- depth Transactional Analysis theory with the introduction of other theories and modalities.

This counselling diploma course includes taught elements, discussion, case presentations, experiential exercises, skills practice, feedback, and coaching. 

Theory, Research and Skills

At The Link Centre, we teach a range of theoretical concepts, expanding on the foundational principles taught during the Foundation Year Certificate in TA Theory 

We also introduce concepts and techniques applied in cognitive behavioural therapy  (CBT), Trauma-informed therapy, and contemporary research on neuroscience and attachment.

We embed research principles throughout the course, encouraging students to consider the  implication of contemporary and evolving theory within the therapeutic relationship.  

Each training weekend, we dedicate one day to the application of theoretical knowledge into observed counselling skills practice. This supports students to develop confidence and expertise as they begin their clinical training career with their counselling placements. 

Accredited Counselling Courses

The Level 6 Diploma in Counselling is accredited by the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society and, subject to NCPS terms and conditions, is a route onto a national register of counsellors which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

In Clinical Year 1 the tutors will assess students’ level of skill and award a letter of endorsement when students are at a level of competence to begin a voluntary placement seeing clients. Students are required to secure their own placement and we have a very comprehensive list of local placements and a dedicated Placement Officer ( Lyn Hayward) to support Link Centre students in this process.

In Clinical Year 2 of the Diploma in Counselling, students will continue to integrate relevant theoretical learning.  They will be further developing advanced skills as well as exploring a range of specialist client presentations ( see sample content below).  In this year we will be looking at how to work with these client presentations, applying best practice and understanding the implications of research findings.

Students who complete this counselling diploma training can also go on to complete one more year and gain an Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy ( Level 7) and have the training hours to become a CTA UKCP Registered Psychotherapist. Click here for our Psychotherapy course.

Sample Content: Diploma in Counselling Clinical Year 1

  • Module 1.    What is Counselling and Psychotherapy?
  • Module 2.    Meeting the Client for the First Time
  • Module 3.    Starting in Practice and Self Care
  • Module 4.    Different Client Presentations
  • Module 5.    Understanding Relationships
  • Module 6.    Treatment Planning
  • Module 7.    Health, Ill-Health and the Journey Towards
  • Module 8.    Facilitating Change
  • Module 9.    Tools and Techniques
  • Module 10.  Groups and Group Process

Sample Content: Diploma in Counselling Clinical Year 2

  • Module 1.    Working with Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Fear
  • Module 2.    Working with Trauma
  • Module 3.    Working with Addictions
  • Module 4.    Working with Depression
  • Module 5.    Working with Bereavement and Loss
  • Module 6.    Understanding Oppression
  • Module 7.    Working with Couples
  • Module 8.    Working with Children and Adolescence
  • Module 9.    Understanding Complex Trauma and the development of Personality
  • Module 10.  Working with Sex and Sexuality

Assessment: Assessment is ongoing on the course and involves theory knowledge, self-awareness, and willingness to hear feedback, skills competency, and formal assessments as below

  • Foundation year – Learning journal, short questionnaire, two written pieces of 2000 word each
  • Clinical year 1 – Learning journal, short questionnaires after each weekend, one 2000-word essays, one skills assessment
  • Clinical year 2 – Learning journal, two written pieces of 2000 words

Counselling Skills:  For those who have not completed any prior Counselling Skills training, students will need to complete at least 2 levels of Counselling Skills training before taking their Diploma in Counselling exam.  We offer various courses, online and in person, throughout the year: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced

Personal Therapy: Personal Therapy with a qualified counsellor (min 30 sessions per annum) is a requirement for this course. For those wanting to gain UKCP registered Psychotherapy status, the requirement is 40 sessions per annum with a UKCP registered Psychotherapist or equivalent.

Exam Criteria: On successful completion of the Foundation Year and two Advanced Clinical Years, and with 150 supervised practice hours, a minimum of two levels of counselling skills training and personal therapy hours, students are eligible to take our Counselling Diploma Exam. (from Oct 22 this is transitioning to qualification by portfolio)

Qualifications: Diploma in Counselling – Level 6 (NCPS Accredited)

The Diploma in Counselling Course is accredited by the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society and, subject to NCPS terms and conditions, is a route onto a national register of counsellors which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority .

APL (Accreditation of Prior Learning) :  If you have completed counselling or psychotherapy training elsewhere it may be possible to APL you on to this course – please email us for details.  You would also need to complete an application form and attend an interview.

Course Location: Most of our counselling and psychotherapy courses will to run face to face at our training venue at Plumpton College, East Sussex.

Cost: The course fee for each Clinical Year for October 2024/2025 is £3,125.

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Upcoming Dates:

Course dates

10 weekends both days – 9.15am-4.30pm (arrive for 9am)


  • 12th/13th October
  • 9th/10th November
  • 7th/8th December


  • 11th/12th January
  • 8th/9th February
  • 8th/9th March
  • 5th/6th April
  • 17th/18th May
  • 7th/8th June
  • 5th/6th July


Payment Options:

A termly and monthly payment scheme is offered.

Cancellation Policy:

On commencement of the course, students are liable for the full cost of the course even if they are paying by the termly or monthly payment scheme.


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