The Horsforth Centre

UKATA Diploma

The UKATA Diploma is a three year taught programme accredited by UKATA the UK Association for Transactional Analysis.
The purpose of the course is to guarantee the trainee a broad practical experience and a comprehensive theoretical knowledge. In addition to the theoretical elements, the course also covers the following:

Personal Development 

Developing self-awareness is a key element of training as a psychotherapist.  Personal therapy is a requirement of the Diploma programme and along with this there are number of different experiences to facilitate this learning about self.  Specifically:

  • Peer Review:  Self and peer feedback on how others have experienced the person in the training group.
  • ‚ÄčLearning Contracts: Trainees set their own learning goals for each year and contract with the trainer and training group.
  • Group Process: takes place for at least one hour each weekend where the group takes time to reflect on their experiences in the group, the impact of the group and the impact of training.
  • Reflective Learning Journal:  A reflective journal to be completed each month.

Course Summary

Year 1 is the Foundation Certificate year and comprises 10 weekends of theory and skills practice.  The material covered includes the core concepts of transactional analysis theory and counselling skills development.

Years 2, 3 & 4 are taught as a rolling programme over 30 weekends.  There are three streams A, B and C and each takes place over 10 weekends.  The material covered includes an introduction to practice, working with common mental health problems, ethics, diversity and professional practice.  Students have the option to take the UKATA Diploma in Transactional Analysis on completion of year three.

Training takes place over 1 weekend per month during the academic year. During the first year, skills practice and other development activities are incorporated into the theoretical training. 

During years 2 - 4, the Saturday of each weekend is set aside as a teaching day with the Sunday allocated to supervision groups. 

Acquisition of Theoretical Knowledge 

These elements of the course are structured to include a mixture of didactic teaching, small and large group work, discussions, experiential exercises, triad work, study groups and tutorials. Some of the activities will include lectures, handouts, case study, video, role play, supervision of skills, group discussion and skills practice. We encourage and invite students to develop their own critique of the theory models/material through looking to offer stimulating and challenging training experiences that are also boundaried and psychologically safe.

Skills Practice 

Skills practice takes place during the first year on each weekend with trainees working in small groups practicing developing their counselling skills. Students are also encouraged to bring in recording equipment and tape and transcribe their skills practice as part of their development.

Supervision days

Taking place on the Sunday of each training weekend from year 2 onwards, trainees are invited to bring aspects of their work and practice for supervision.  Examples of these are: client case work, ethics and legal issues, assignments, mini teaches, observed practice, tapes etc.


There is a requirement to submit and pass two summative assignments each academic year. We offer choice and flexibility of assignments in the assessment process. Trainees are encouraged to take ownership of their learning through developing their own learning targets to meet the overall learning outcomes of the course. From a number of assignment options, students identify the most appropriate assignment for their own development. 

An example of the course content from year 2 are below.

Course Content Year 2
1 Classical TA
2 Diagnosis and assessment
3 Bereavement
4 Sex and Sexuality
5 Couples
6 Integrative TA
7 Depression
8 Human development
9 Transference and counter transference
10 Relational TA

UKATA Diploma in Transactional Analysis Exam
Once students have completed the 3 year clincial training programme, they may wish to go on to sit the UKATA Diploma exam. Students must also complete set requirements before applying for the formal examination (see below). The UKATA Diploma exam includes an oral examination together with submission of a written assessment.

The requirements are:
360 hours of TA Training delivered by an RTE
6 x assessments
200 hours of supervised practice working in the field of specialisation.
34 hours of supervision with a TA supervisor
120 hours of personal therapy
Evidence of UKATA membership for the duration of training.
A TA Supervisor’s endorsement indicating competency to practice.
A TA trainer’s endorsement from the RTE with whom they are registered, indicating successful completion of training and all required assessments

How do I apply?
You can download an Information pack and Application forms for the Diploma course by clicking here.

Application process
Once we have received your form, we will follow up your references and invite you for an interview covering questions about the course, fees and provide us with the time to get to know you. 

Should you have a successful interview and you fulfil all the requirements we will contact you personally to advise you of your place on the course and we will send you a letter of acceptance with an invitation to an enrolment session.