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The Institute of Counselling Courses

The Institute of Counselling was founded in 1985 as a Christian based, not for profit independent educational charity. It is committed to promoting pastoral care throughout the services it provides.

The Aims of the Institute of Counselling are:

A to promote the training and development of counselling skills,
B to provide opportunities for continuing professional development,
C to produce and distribute counselling skills training resources and
D to provide a counselling service for individuals needing counselling.

The Institute provides a wide range of counselling and related courses. Students enrol with assurance and confidence on our quality courses, which are fully backed by the experience and resources of the Institute of Counselling.

In its early years the Institute offered only courses in Clinical and Pastoral Counselling, within a pastoral context. Since 1985, over 26,000 students from the UK and overseas have enrolled on these courses.

In recent years the Institute has also produced a selection of further courses which follow the clinical person-centred approach developed by Carl Rogers and others.

The Institute is committed to providing counselling skills training to all who will benefit from the courses. On this basis a non-discriminatory policy is operated with regard to students’ background, culture, ethnic origin, gender, age or creed.

The Institute of Counselling recognises that our students may have different needs to be met when making a course choice. Some of you may wish to use your studies with us to build towards a higher educational qualification and may do so by selecting one of our courses with modules accredited by either Glasgow Caledonian University or the University of the West of Scotland. If you do not have any formal qualifications this is also a good place to start.

Non-Academic Courses

Some of you already will be well qualified with perhaps a first degree or even a Masters, with your first priority to gain additional knowledge and skills in your chosen area of counselling. Accreditation may be less important to you and you feel no need to go through the academic rigour necessary within our accredited modules.

All of our courses will contribute to your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and a CPD certificate will be issued by the Institute in addition to your Certificate or Diploma.


A selection of courses offered by the Institute of Counselling are given an academic value in the form of credits and level through use of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). It is important for our students to appreciate what this means before embarking on their courses and whether or not this learning will suit their purpose.

We currently have a number of such courses listed which have been credit rated and levelled by Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of the West of Scotland using the SCQF.
The SCQF is a way of comparing the wide range of Scottish qualifications. It covers achievements such as those from school, college, university, and many work-based qualifications. It does this by giving each qualification a level and a number of credit points. The level of a qualification shows how difficult the learning is. The credit points show how much learning is involved in achieving that qualification. Each credit point represents an average of 10 hours of learning.

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