Advanced Certificate in Counselling and Expressive Therapeutic Arts (Level 3)

The Advanced Certificate is more than just an excellent and valuable part-time course; it is also a significant milestone for anyone working or volunteering in the helping or caring professions. It's a prerequisite for those wanting to advance to the Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, ensuring a solid foundation for their career progression.


We believe that a solid foundation in theory and practical skills is essential for effective counselling and therapeutic practices. We emphasise a person-centred approach, creative expression, and ethical practice.


The course aims to improve students' understanding of counselling theories, develop advanced skills, promote self-awareness and self-regulation, explore creative therapeutic expressive arts, and prepare them for further study in psychotherapeutic counselling. These skills are practical and applicable in various helping and caring professions.

Course Structure 

Our in-depth course combines theory and micro-skill practice with clear aims, outcomes, and evaluations. It does not include a clinical element.

The program runs twice a month, with college attendance on Saturdays (September starting). For the fast-track element from May to August, you must attend additional midweek sessions.

Our units consist of counselling skills and techniques, professional issues and ethics in counselling, difference and diversity, counselling theories: Person-centred therapy, creative therapeutic expressive arts, advanced counselling skills and techniques and working with children and young people in a counselling setting.

Flexible Timetable

Classes held two Saturdays per month from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and 9:00 am to 12:00 pm to accommodate working professionals.

Additionally, we offer a fast-track option from May to August, which includes in person classes (Purley, Surrey) two Saturdays a month and midweek sessions on Thursdays from 6:00 to 9:00 pm via Zoom.

Teaching Methods

A combination of tutor-led lectures, skills practice, and discussions will take place. These will all be student-centred and based on experiential learning methods.


The assessment strategy uses various techniques to help learners develop self awareness and self-regulation skills. These include audio recordings, peer-group discussions, tutor feedback, skills practice, essays, journal reflection, and an expressive art project.


Students will receive the Advanced Certificate in Counselling and Expressive Therapeutic Arts Level 3 upon completion.


Where next? Graduates can apply for the Reflect On Academy BACP Accredited Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling Level 5.

Entry Enquiry

Applicants must complete the application form. This must be accompanied by:

  • A completed application form
  • Brief interviews.
  • Completed CV
  • A passport sized photograph

Provide evidence of good character and personal attributes via 2 referee reports

Please find out more about studying counselling with us.