Full Professional Diploma in Counselling 

Train to be a Counsellor with The Albany Centre

Key Features

  • Three year course: Held over nine weekends and one 5-day intensive residential experience per year, with the option of a fourth year to specialise in an area such as working with trauma, groupwork, children or couples (to be confirmed).
  • Weekend format: One weekend a month over nine months plus a summer intensive residential experience. Weekends will run from Friday 7:00pm until Sunday 4:40pm (non residential) thus: Fridays 7:00-9:50pm, Saturdays 10:00am-8:00pm, Sundays 10:00am-4:40pm. Each summer intensive residential will run from Thursday 7:00 pm until Monday 4:40pm.

Dates for 2019 – 2020: (dates for current year now on student portal!)

  • 11th – 13th October 2019
  • 8th – 10th November 2019
  • 6th – 8th December 2019
  • 10th – 12th January 2020
  • 7th – 9th February 2020
  • 6th – 8th March 2020
  • 3rd – 5th April 2020
  • 8th – 10th May 2020
  • 5th – 7th June 2020
  • 2nd – 6th July (5 day residential, cost included in course fees)


  • In-house placement: Towards the end of the second year students will be invited to start seeing clients (when both the student and the tutor/s feel that the student is ready) at The Albany Centre as part of our not-for-profit counselling service Mosaic Counselling Services (please click) which students have helped to set up and run!. The clients will be receiving low cost counselling in return for seeing a student; clients’ fees will be used to contribute to the cost of the room. The Albany Centre pays for in-house supervision and other costs such as student expenses and advertising the service. This is intended to ensure a solid and supportive first experience of seeing clients and will also give the student an insight into running a counselling practice/service open to the public. Only after a student has experienced working in-house will they be encouraged to seek placement experience elsewhere within an Albany Centre approved placement agency. It is a requirement for students to complete a certificated first aid course prior to seeing clients on placement; this and your own ongoing personal therapy are the only additional costs, plus any books you wish to purchase.
  • Training ethos: This is one of working at depth with feelings and relationships with a very strong emphasis on personal growth and development, and incorporating the belief that the individual doesn’t learn counselling/psychotherapy techniques but rather that the individual becomes a counsellor/psychotherapist. You are the tool (for there is no other) that helps others deal with their emotional worlds and development. The theoretical orientation is broadly humanistic, integrating person-centred values with a Gestalt ethos and with the principles of therapeutic communities underpinning the training culture. Students will learn by experiencing and reflecting on their own emotional world and development, and by building skills to facilitate others in understanding and expressing themselves. All skills practice will be in the presence of the trainer and the training group.
  • Guest speakers: Guest speakers aree invited to take part throughout the course hired for their particular expertise in certain areas; this may include for example a trainer with a specialism in working with trauma, a legal expert, someone with experience of disabilities. Not all guest speakers will be therapists necessarily (though most will) but all will have unique knowledge and experience in their field and hence valuable insight into the human condition.
  • Click here to see some of the speakers we have had on the programme so far! 
  • Fees and payment options: The fees for the year 2019 -2020 are £3465.00 (£2887.50 +VAT) per year including the full cost of the residential. (The Albany Centre also provides free lunches and refreshments throughout all trainings). Fees can be paid in instalments by monthly standing order with a deposit to secure a place (ie total yearly fee of £3465.00 comprises £825.00 non refundable deposit on enrolment plus 12 months of £220.00 per month). Please note that joining the programme commits the individual for one year so that that year’s fees are due whether or not the individual decides to continue. A 5% discount will be available for those wishing to pay the full year’s fees up front (£3291.75). (Cheques made payable to The Albany Centre, bank details for BACS payments are HSBC sort code 40-40-01, account number 42200066). Please note the fees may increase slightly year on year to keep pace with rising costs and the amount of increase will be decided in January of each year for the following academic year.
  • Quality of the programme: The course structure is in line with and exceeds that of a Foundation Degree, and the course and placement experiences are beyond the requirements for a professional training laid down by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). This course is structured to support applications for individual accreditation with the BACP and subscribes to the BACP Ethical Framework (2010). In addition, students will be consulted throughout as to the effectiveness of the training and how to improve their learning experience. Our library contains over 1,100 therapy books.
  • Enrolment/transferring onto the programme: Students can join the programme in Year One having passed an Introductory Course (Level 2) either at The Albany Centre or elsewhere or if they have relevant work/ life experience which means they have a knowledge and awareness of counselling equivalent to an introductory course. Students will be able to join in Year Two if a minimum of one year’s training has been completed at Level 4 elsewhere. Qualified counsellors from other programmes can enter Year Three.

This course is structured to support applications for individual accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and subscribes to the BACP Ethical Framework (2018).


To apply or find out more please email us at thealbanycentre@hotmail.com 


In the meantime here’s some books you might find helpful!


Counselling student’s portal