SCOTACS Diploma in Counselling and Groupwork – a Cognitive Behavioural Approach (Edinburgh)

Course Level: Credit rated by SQA at SCQF Level 10 (Honours Degree Level)

COSCA Validated

This course is offered on a monthly basis. (1 full weekend per month) 

The next start dates for the weekend Diploma will be Friday 10th September 2021.

This course is delivered at Simpson House, 52 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 3NS.

The SCOTACS Diploma in Counselling and Groupwork – a Cognitive Behavioural Approach is delivered over a period of 2 years beginning in September 2021 and finishing in June 2023. This time scale includes the annual academic break during the months of July and August 2022.

This course is a full professional training which enables our students to graduate as fully qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapists at the end of the 2 years, having achieved all the specified training requirements for accreditation with COSCA, BACP and BABCP. A significant majority of all accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapists working in Scotland are graduates of the Centre of Therapy & Counselling Studies.

To enable students to acquire requisite practical training standards, each one must complete 100 hours of clinically supervised professional CBT practice during the course. These practice hours will be accumulated through placement with a recognised organisation within the field of counselling and psychotherapy. The 100 practice hours can be split between 80 hours of one-to-one work and 20 hours of groupwork or 70 hours of one-to-one work and 30 hours of groupwork.

To support students in their practice and ensure their continuing fitness to practice, they must receive regular professional clinical supervision. The cost of 30 hours clinical supervision is included within the course fees.

At the Centre of Therapy and Counselling Studies we continually evaluate research in psychotherapy and specifically CBT to ensure that our courses maintain currency and relevance to the needs of clients and employers.

The uniqueness of the SCOTACS Diploma in Counselling and Groupwork – a Cognitive Behavioural Approach is that not only will you graduate with the title of qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, you will also have gained valuable insight and experience in the use of certain aligned techniques derived from other core psychological models.

Course Structure

Friday 5.00pm-9.00pm

Saturday 9.00am-8.00pm

Sunday 9.00am-8.00pm

Cost of course: £3450 per year (£6900 total). Monthly payment options are available.

Participants can qualify for £894 towards year 1 and £984 towards year 2 with funding through the SAAS Part Time Fee Grant.

Course Start Date/s:
  • Fri, 10th Sep 2021
Further Date/Time Information: These start dates are for separate classes.
Required Application Criteria:

To apply for entry to the SCOTACS Diploma in Counselling and Groupwork – a Cognitive Behavioural Approach, applicants must have undertaken the COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills (SCQF Level 8) or equivalent. If applicants do not have this qualification but believe that they have an equivalent or higher relevant qualification, an application for the consideration of Accredited Prior Learning may be made. It is crucial that applicants have a solid foundation in communication and relationship building skills as well as an understanding of all of the main counselling traditions before undertaking this Diploma. To discuss this please email


Applicants should download, complete and return the downloadable application form. Completed applications can be returned to

All applicants will be required to attend an interview to determine suitability for the course.

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