Undergraduate Courses

BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP Accredited)

3 years full-time
The BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy is awarded by Staffordshire University and accredited by BACP. This course evolved from our original 3 year BACP accredited Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. The course is delivered in 8 x 3 day workshops (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) with 25 Training Days in year one and two (one workshop is a 4 day Thurs-Sun - please see training dates) and 28 Training days in the final year. This course adopts a Humanistic and Integrative approach that draws on contemporary theories that implement and promote a therapeutic relationship.

Our Undergraduate and Postgraduate Degrees are awarded by Staffordshire University.

Undergraduate Loan Funding

Since its inception in 2009. BSc students have been able to access student support via Student Finance England (SFE) enabling our students to apply for Part-Time Student Loans and also Disabled Student Allowance, via The Student Loan Company (SLC). For 2019-20, for students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS). The OfS is the new independent regulator for higher education in England and all higher education providers need to register with the OfS for their students to be eligible for student support in the 2019-20 academic year. We have made an application to register and await a decision. We will be able to confirm whether student support is available for 2019-20 once we have received the decision from the OfS and we will advise all potential students accordingly. Please visit www.officeforstudents.org.uk  for more information.


Further Education Courses

ABC Level 2 Award in Counselling Concepts

30 hours
Designed to give trainees basic skills that can be used in every day life or as a taster to longer term training at the Institute. This course is validated by ABC Awards and offers a Level 2 qualification.

SPTI Foundation Access

6/7 months part-time (12 training days)
Designed for those wanting an access course before undertaking a longer programme, and for those who wish to move onto the BSc or Masters programme but who need to enhance their study experience in preparation for this.

all our courses...

...are designed to be managed alongside current occupations.
...have a maximum of 28 training days a year.

Are all suitable for those who:

  • Want to train to become professional psychotherapists and counsellors or
  • Want to develop the counselling or psychotherapy component in their current work and/or
  • Want to make a serious commitment to furthering their own self-development

Each of our courses is unique and yet they share at their core similar values and ideas. These are:

  • The relationship between therapist and client (and trainer and trainee) is a core part of therapeutic healing and growth work.
  • The client has an inner sense of what is right for them. Part of the job of the therapist is to help the client to learn to listen to their inner sense
  • People have an innate capacity to grow and to change, to fulfil their potential.
  • People are ultimately responsible for their own lives.
  • People are valued regardless of race, gender, age, disability, religion or sexual orientation.
  • Patterns of thinking, feeling and behaviour are formed early in life and can become fixed in ways that are not always helpful to us, restricting our choice and our freedom. The therapeutic process is about regaining both of these.
  • Awareness - knowing ourselves - is an important aspect of regaining freedom and choice.

Our Frequently asked questions booklet is available from the following link click here for FAQ's

International Students should note that SPTI is not a UK Home Office registered Sponsor with approval to admit overseas students. We can only consider applications from applicants who satisfy HOME fee residential status criteria e.g. UK/EU/EEA including Switzerland.

DBS: Applicants to SPTI clinical training programmes (BSc and MSc) are reminded that all offers are subject to a satisfactory Criminal Records check by undertaking an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) certificate, and then registering it with the DBS update service.