Foundation in Counselling (Level 3 equivalent), Devon

Begin your journey with our foundation course in Counselling Skills  (Quality Checked by the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society).

A creative mix of theory, skills and personal awareness.

Start dates throughout the year

Next weekday course in Devon starts:


  • 13th September 2024, weekly on Friday


Next weekend course starts: date to be announced shortly

This course is also available Live online nationally and other regional locations.

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If you are ready to embark on a course which gives you the essential theories and skills involved in becoming a counsellor, then our Foundation in Counselling (Level 3 equivalent) is for you. The training also aims to prepare you to progress your journey to our Advanced Diploma in Counselling – NCPS Accredited (Level 4 equivalent) – the next step to becoming a professional counsellor.

No prior experience is required, as this course is a comprehensive and complete foundation into counselling.

This course has been Quality Checked by the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society (NCPS)*.

Suitable for people engaged in a caring or therapeutic role, anyone working in a people focused environment or anyone interested in counselling skills, the course attracts people with diverse professional and personal backgrounds. It offers the opportunity to enhance further career and life skills, and can be a stepping stone to accessing counselling and therapeutic professions.

* This course alone is not a route to the Accredited Register nor does it fully equip a graduate to practice as a qualified counsellor.

Course Details

A 15 session course, running one day a week or one weekend per month over approximately 8 months.

Daytime classes take place in Devon from 10am – 4:30pm each day.

Next course in Totnes, Devon:

  • 13th September 2024, weekly on Friday


This course is Quality Checked by the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society (NCPS)*, you will learn how to create a safe space for counselling and a range of therapeutic skills and techniques to explore client issues.

This course is suitable for people who are looking to progress to our Advanced Diploma in Counselling – NCPS Accred (Level 4 equivalent). or for anybody working in the caring profession.  It will give you important skills which are of great value in your life as well as the workplace! A perfect place to being if you are looking for a change in career path!

*This course alone is not a route to the Accredited Register nor does it fully equip a graduate to practice as a qualified counsellor.



Heartwood, Devon, is situated on the beautiful Dartington Hall Estate, just on the outskirts of Totnes in the South Devon countryside.

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Course Calendar:

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13th September 2024 – weekly on Friday

Entry requirements

No prior knowledge or experience required to enrol on this course.

Applications welcome over the age of 19yrs.


The Foundation in Counselling (Level 3 equivalent) course furthers our understanding and knowledge of ourselves and counselling concepts, theory and skills.

Heartwood’s theoretical approach presented on the course is both Integrative and Holistic. We will look at integrating models, techniques, theories and a range of modalities that suit the individual client. Whilst working on developing relationship skills which will aid therapeutic work.

We will cover a range of approaches including Gestalt Therapy, Person Centred Therapy, CBT and Third Wave CBT.

We will work with the full perception of the client, their world from their eyes, adapting our methods to accommodate our client’s needs and working with the way a client’s problems may present as:

  • Thoughts – fixed beliefs or negative ideas, old messages (introjects).
  • Emotions – grief, anger, sadness, regret, guilt, shame.
  • Physical – panic attacks, insomnia, eating disorders, self-harm.
  • Spiritual – hopes, dreams, aspirations, purpose.


This course further develops counselling, communication and listening skills through the following client centred practices; effective questioning and working at an appropriate pacemanaging silenceactive listening and minimal encouragement promptsparaphrasing and summarisingattentiveness and rapport buildingempathetic listeningchecking for understanding and focusing.


  • Drama Triangle
  • Self-awareness development – experiential exercises
  • Therapeutic skills and interventions
  • Techniques to explore client issues
  • Create a safe space for counselling – setting clear boundaries
  • Personal & professional conduct and creating a therapy contract
  • How people gain support
  • Holding emotional space
  • Deepening congruence and becoming authentic in relationships
  • Exploring challenging emotions



  • A minimum of 85% attendance on tuition days
  • Completion of learning journals for each taught session
  • Completion of course assignments
  • Demonstration of practical skills throughout
  • Active participation in experiential aspects of the training



Full course fees are £1095

There are two ways to secure your place on this course:

  • Pay £1095 in full now
  • Pay deposit of £395 followed by a monthly payment plan of £185* for 4 months. *(includes an administration fee of £40 for instalment payments).

Overseas students are required to pay in full.

What Students Say

“It was over too quickly, the tutor was wonderful and really supported me. I have met some wonderful people on this course who are also going onto the level 4 course with me, I can’t wait, I am hooked!”


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