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How to apply to our courses | Fees & Dates

Download our Course Information Sheet 2017-18. This will tell you everything you need to know about our interview dates, fees and application deadlines.

Listening Skills

This popular introductory course runs each year in the Spring/Summer on Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm - 9.30pm.

In 2017 the Listening Skills course will run from 19th April 2017 - 28th June 2017 inclusive.

Download the course flyer and application form.


Foundation Certificate / Psychotherapy Diploma & MA / Counselling Diploma


Below is a brief guide on how to apply. For detailed information, especially concerning application deadlines, interview dates and course dates, please download the Course Information Sheet via the link at the top of this page.

External applicants:  Please apply online. If you prefer, you can download an external application form. Please note we charge a £37 non-refundable application fee and this should be sent immediately after your online application or with your paper application form.

Internal applicants (this is people who have completed our Foundation Certificate and are applying to our psychotherapy or counselling diploma): Please download the internal application form. Please note we charge a £37non-refundable application fee and this should be sent immediately after your online application or with your paper application form.

Once you have submitted your application you will get an acknowledgement email to confirm that it was successfully received. If you have any questions about the process or the application form please contact admin@bcpc.org.uk or telephone 01225 429 720. Please remember to send your application fee.


External applicants: Two references, submitted on BCPC reference forms are required. This should be one professional and one personal and cannot be from a family member or therapist. Please send the forms to your chosen referees and ask them to return them to the BCPC Office as soon as possible. Applicants will be shortlisted for interview on the basis of their applications.

Internal applicants (for either Diploma): Two references are required; one from your current Foundation tutor (please let him/her know about your application) and one from a person other than either of your referees for Foundation. Please send this person the reference form and ask him/her to return it to the BCPC Office as soon as possible.

Download the reference form

Our interview days are structured as a workshop-style experience. Applicants will be short-listed for interview on the basis of their applications.


Workshops and CPD

To apply for one of our Workshops or CPD, you can download the CPD application form and send it in by email, or simply print if off and send us a hard copy.




For more information on course fees see the Course Information Sheet, using the link at the top of this page.



You may be eligible for a Professional and Career Development Loan (only the Diplomas - not the Foundation Certificate). If you need financial assistance we suggest making enquiries for educational loans at a high street bank or similar, looking into funding opportunities online or looking into BACP bursaries.

BCPC Bursaries

BCPC recognises that in society certain groups and individuals are oppressed and disadvantaged by institutional and individual discrimination and prejudice. BCPC is positively committed to opposing discrimination against people on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment,  marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation, colour, ethnicity or national origin.

We welcome the enrichment and cultural diversity that would follow as a natural result of this policy. BCPC recognises that passive policies will not in themselves provide equality of opportunity, and specific and positive programs of action are needed.

BCPC is pleased to announce that a Bursary (fee remission) place will be available for one Foundation Certificate Student during the academic year (September-July). This place will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. 

Applicants who may be eligible will be in receipt of income related benefit(s) and be of black or other ethnic minority origin. BCPC offers a bursary to people from minority ethnic groups in order to increase the numbers of those under-represented in our professions. 

To apply for a bursary (fee remission) place you will need to complete the short application form (below) which will help us decide on your eligibility.

This place will be allocated during the interview process, the last interview where the bursary place will be considered is 18th June 2017. Please complete the BCPC bursary application and send it in with your Foundation Certificate application form.

For further information about any of the BCPC Bursaries please contact the office on 01225 429720 or at admin@bcpc.org.uk

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