L5 Costs & Duration

A full explanation of financial and time commitments associated with the BTEC Level 5 Counselling Course
An overview of course costs

Full Course Costs

Please note, there is no government funding available for this course.

Included in your fees;

  • BTEC Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling tuition
  • Additional tutor support between sessions when needed
  • Small group sizes (no more than 10 students per class)
  • Enhanced DBS for adult and child workforce
  • Access to free group supervision each month (Zoom)
  • Access to free workshops and information sessions throughout the year (Zoom)
  • A placement with Supporting Minds (availability permitting)


Please refer to your individual area for course fee information.

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How long training will take

Course Duration

We have intakes throughout the year; January, April and September.


There is the option to study full time or part time.


Part time classroom hours:

2 years, 10 weekends a year.

10 am- 4 pm each day, Saturday and Sunday

No lessons in August and December

You will have up to three years to complete all elements of the course such as classroom learning, assignments, placement hours, supervision and personal counselling.


Full time classroom hours:

Once a week to fit in with the academic calendar (the day will vary depending on location and time of year).
10 am- 4 pm

You will have up to two years to complete all elements of the course such as classroom learning, assignments, placement hours, supervision and personal counselling.


Student preference will dictate how we deliver the course, as above.

A breakdown of all associated costs

Full Financial Commitment

Item Cost
Cost of Course
1:8 ratio (1 hour of supervision to 8 hours of counselling), no less than 1 1/2 hours a month to cover 100 hours. Average £40 a session.
BACP Student Membership £82 per year
Howden's, Holistic, Balens are good places to try for affordable rates
£50 per year
Personal Counselling
Average £40 a session x 15
Total for full time & part time course £1232 + course fees

NB. Apart from the cost of the course the other figures may be subject to change.

In addition there will be a list of mandatory books and some basic art supplies.

How long you'll spend learning

Time Commitment

Class time:

Part Time over two years, Sat and Sun once a month for 10 months a year- 12 hours per month.


Full Time over one year, week day average 20 hours per month.

In addition to:

  • Client work: 2 hours per week, 8 hours per month. 
  • Supervision: 1 1/2 hour a month to start when client work commences.
  • Study time: Average 10-15 hours a week to complete homework and assignments. This does not include further reading and research around the topics we are exploring.
  • Personal counselling: 15 hours in total across the whole course

Total (average) per week:

  • Part time course: 11 hours per week
  • Full time course: 23 hours a week
Payment Details

How to Pay

Non refundable* deposit £250 payable to secure your place on the course.


Payment is required in full before the start of the course (August for a September start, March for an April start), minus the deposit.


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At Supporting Minds we like to keep things simple, upfront and transparent therefore we also accept payments by:


  • Bank Transfer

Supporting Minds Trading Ltd

Barclays Bank

Sort code: 206328

Account no: 33951235

  • Cash
  • All Major Credit and Debit Cards (for £250 deposits, we prefer bank transfer for larger amounts)


*In the instance that we are unable to run the course as promised, we will refund your deposit.