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Want to become a qualified counsellor? Want to open your private practice once qualified? Nescot can give you the opportunity to open private practice once qualified at the end of a successful 3 years of training.

Available courses

The Counselling Department

The counselling department at Nescot has grown in recent years as a result of greater awareness of mental health and reduction in taboos around counselling. If you have no experience at all you can begin at Level 2, progress through Level 3 to the Foundation Degree (FD - levels 4 & 5) after which you will be qualified to practice as a counsellor. If you wish you may continue onto the BA (Hons) in Counselling Studies (top-up) to take your FD to full honours degree status.

Levels 2 and 3 can be completed in 1 year. The FD takes a further 2 years. The BA (top-up) takes a further year. Levels 2 and 3 cover a range of approaches. The FD specialises in psychodynamic counselling.

Our Staff

Our team at Nescot are dedicated to taking you through rigorous professional training with the view to producing skilled competent practitioners, equipped with the knowledge and empathy to make a real difference to your clients.

All of your tutors here are experienced, practising counsellors with various specialties and areas of excellence. The department works to ensure that the courses are kept up-to-date with the latest developments in counselling, particularly in psychodynamic counselling on the FD and more broadly on the BA.

We believe in supporting your learning by being available to answer queries, questions and difficulties promptly and you will have frequent, individual attention from your tutor, including before and after tutoring sessions when you are seeing clients, as well as email and telephone access.


Counselling is an absorbing and engaging profession which has gained in popularity in recent years. Opportunities for skilled counsellors are numerous and varied and challenging. Your training at Nescot is designed to equip you to meet those challenges and to become a highly skilled practitioner, fully conversant with the latest thinking in the field.