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Blended Learning Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy

There are two options for study, which help give an introduction to key concepts and skills involved in counselling and psychotherapy:

  • The Online Introduction course is an ideal place to begin for those who want to explore personal development, counselling and psychotherapy theory and basic counselling skills for the first time. It can be studied as a stand-alone course or as part of the Blended Learning Certificate.
  • The Blended Learning Certificate includes the Online Introduction course, plus two in-class weekends which allow you to apply the theory, and to practise skills with fellow students in small group exercises.

Course Details

Online Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy

Key features:

  • Develop an understanding and appreciation of counselling. This course will appeal to those who are looking to discover the main theories and approaches to counselling and psychotherapy used in the UK, to explore their own personal development and to develop basic counselling skills.
  • Ideal for people who cannot commit to a classroom setting or who would like the flexibility of online study.
  • Course material is delivered online, through the Iron Mill College Student Portal. Students are fully supported by the Course Tutor, with introductory videos, written course notes and contact through email and phone.
  • An interactive course, with materials delivered through a combination of PowerPoint presentations, video demonstrations, course material, exercises and a recommended reading list. You will also have access to a comprehensive online library for further reading.

When you complete the Online Introduction course, you can choose to 'top up' your study and progress to the full Blended Learning Certificate, if you wish. Alternatively, you can opt for the Blended Learning course from the beginning and save on course fees - see 'Fees' tab below for more details.

Blended Learning Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Key features:

  • A combination of the Online Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy course and two in-class experiential weekends, which help develop and solidify the online learning through class interaction and discussion and provide the opportunity to practise skills. You can either sign up to the full Blended Learning Certificate from the start (and benefit from discounted fees) or 'top up' after completing the online course.
  • Ideal for those who would benefit from counselling skills in their work. The course will also help participants to discover which approaches may fit best with them as a person, if they want to pursue further counselling and psychotherapy training.
  • In-class weekends (held in Exeter) explore interpersonal communication, personal development issues and allow students to practise skills. The workshops are facilitated by experienced lecturers who guide students to fully explore the basic theories, approaches and skills of counselling, working with other students in small group exercises. 
  • Unlike many home study counselling courses, allows application of theory to practice. This course will help students understand, and start to experience, how counselling training is about personal exploration and development of self.


No prior knowledge of counselling and psychotherapy is required for this course.

Applicants should, however, feel that they possess a maturity to reflect on their own development as a person, and should have an interest in and desire to learn about counselling and psychotherapy.

How to apply:

You can apply by submitting the following documents and items:

  • A completed Entry Level Courses application form (available to download from 'Download' section of this web page).
  • You will also need to pay the relevant course fees in order to reserve a place on this course (see the 'Fees' tab for further information).

Application documents can be submitted by email to enquiries@ironmill.co.uk, or by post to Iron Mill College, 7 Barnfield Crescent, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1QT.

Successful applicants will be offered a place on the course once all of the above application documents have been received and the relevant course fees have been paid.

After you have been offered a place on the course (as above) you will be given access to the online course materials within 5 working days (excluding bank holidays and the College Christmas closure period).

System requirements:

To undertake the Online Introduction, students will need access to a computer with internet access, meeting the specifications below.

Operating System:

  • Windows 7 or later.
  • Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later.


  • 1 GHZ or faster x86 or 64-bit processor with SSE2 instruction set.
  • 1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64- bit) recommended for graphics features Minimum of 3 gigabytes (GB) disk space.


  • Windows Internet Explorer 8 or later.
  • Mozilla Firefox 10 or later.
  • Apple Safari 5 or later.
  • Google Chrome 17 or later.
Places Available

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Course Select payment category
Online Introduction Only (Start Anytime) - £525.00
Full Blended Learning Certificate - £900.00


What our Students Say

I felt supported and challenged throughout my FdA at Iron Mill and this allowed me to become the therapist I aspired to be, as well as discover academic skills which are unique to this course.
Caroline Barrett - FdA Integrative Counselling Graduate

What our Students Say

"On the Supervision Course I learnt a lot about how to be a supervisor and it has given me confidence to go out and put my new knowledge and skills into practice. But more than that the tutor facilitated a truly responsive learning space that made the experience unique. The best course I have ever done!"
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