The CICS two-year Diploma in Clinical Sexology and Relationship Therapy comprises Years 2 and 3 of Qualification Pathway 1 and Years 1 and 2 of Qualification Pathway 2.

The course covers the combined bio-psycho-social dimensions of sexual and relationship health and wellbeing. It has been designed to ensure that, by the end of the programme, our graduates have a solid foundation of comprehensive knowledge and skills for confident therapeutic practice with psychosexual and relationship problems.

Gender, sexual, relationship and cultural diversity are fully integrated into all aspects of the course.

Our course is accredited by the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists, meaning that it meets the stringent requirements of the UK’s largest accrediting body for sex and relationship therapists, and leads to COSRT Registration.

The therapeutic theoretical orientation of the course is “pluralism”. Pluralism is an emerging way of thinking about therapy, based on the fundamental assumption that no one therapeutic approach has the monopoly on understanding the causes of distress or on the most helpful therapeutic responses. Instead, it suggests that different clients are likely to want, and benefit from, different things in therapy.  We teach a range of contemporary approaches to therapy, to best serve each unique client, whilst maintaining the centrality of the client, relational working and research based practice.

We take a blended learning approach to all of our courses, combining comprehensive home study materials with live practice based, experiential training days.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants must be fully qualified counsellors or have counselling training to a minimum CPCAB Level 3 and be able to demonstrate that they have sufficient counselling and academic competencies to enable them to meet the demands of the course.

Applicants without formal training in counselling are invited to apply for the CICS Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills and Practice.

Applicants without a diploma in counselling will be required to complete a supplementary section to the Evidence of Learning Portfolio to demonstrate counselling, boundary and risk management skills.

2024 Course Intake Dates

The March 2024 course runs monthly on Fridays and Saturdays, 10am to 5pm. This is a fully online access course.

Course Assessment

Assessment is continuous and comprises of both written and observed assessment protocols.

  1. Evidence of Learning Portfolio and Reflective Practice
    Throughout the course students complete Evidence of Learning and Reflection submissions to demonstrate their understanding and integration of the course materials.
  2. Case Study
    Students are required to complete a comprehensive, 4000-word case study to demonstrate the application of their learning into safe, supervised clinical practice.
  3. Assessment
    At the end of the teaching period of the course, students submit two video recordings of themselves in one mock in person and one mock online session.
  4. Clinical Practice
    To be awarded the CICS Diploma in Clinical Sexology, students must complete twelve months of clinical practice with a minimum of 150 hours of clinical practice supervised at a ratio of 1:6, covering the full range of sexual and relationship presentations, including  sufficient intimate partner therapy work to satisfy the course director and supervisor of their competencies to practise.

Qualification Pathways

Following successful completion of the CICS diploma, students will be eligible for the COSRT Register and can work as qualified sex and relationship therapists.


The total course fee is £7,800 including VAT for the full two-year programme and all home study materials. A non-refundable deposit of £600 is payable on acceptance of a place. The balance is then paid in 24 equal monthly payments of £300.

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