Compare hypnosis and hypnotherapy courses in the UK

 ProviderEntry CriteriaCourses OfferedCostLocation(s)
Hypnosis Unit UK Professionals only Introduction
BSCAH Professionals only Postgraduate Diploma   Chelmsford, London, Stafford, Salford, York
Cambridge College of Hypnotherapy Everyone Diploma   Cambridge, Hampshire
College of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy Everyone Foundation
Advanced- Diploma
Curative Hypnotherapy Training Everyone Introduction
£84-133 per module
HypnoFocus Training Everyone Introduction
Motivation Training UK Everyone Diploma £2750 Scotland (Residential course)
Past Life Regression Academy Everyone Certificate
Dorset, Wiltshire, London, Glasgow
Scottish School of Hypnotherapy Everyone Practitioner Training £3150 Argyl, Scotland

UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy Everyone Certificate




Courses which require students to hold a professional qualification (psychology, medicine, dentistry, etc)

Hypnosis Unit UK

Courses offered: Introduction to hypnosis (3 days); Certificate (Level I - 8 days); Certificate (Level II - 10 days); Diploma (14 days)

Course structure: A mixture of theory and practical training sessions conducted at weekends. Training provides students with the knowledge and skills to use hypnosis professionally.

Course content: All students must complete foundation modules for a basic grounding in hypnosis. Additional modules focus on specific problems (e.g. gastric problems, pain, PTSD), or client groups (e.g. adults, or children & adolescents)

Location: University College London

Course established: 1990 (as UCL Hypnosis Unit)

Cost: Introduction (£545), Certificate (£1450), Diploma (£2540)

Entry criteria: Only open to qualified health professionals (doctors, dentists, psychologists)

Accreditation: International Society of Hypnosis, British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis


BSCAH Training

Courses offered: Postgraduate training in hypnosis

Course structure: A theoretical and practical training in hypnosis

Course content:

Locations: Chelmsford, London, Stafford, Salford, Yorkshire

Cost: See website for details

Entry criteria: Only open to qualified health professionals (doctors, dentists, psychologists)

Accreditation: International Society of Hypnosis, British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis


Courses which do not require prior professional qualifications

Cambridge College of Hypnotherapy

Courses offered: Diploma; plus the option of a Diploma awarded externally by ncfe which the Open University accept as 45 points against 1st year of degree course.

Course content: Syllabus is both practical and theoretical

Course structure: 18 days training

Locations: Cambridge and Hampshire

Established: 2001 (Incorporating N-SHAP which was established in 1980)

Cost: Refer to course website

Entrance requirements: No formal qualifications but must demonstrate the ability to assimilate the theory and practice of the course. Compassion and a sense of humour

Accreditation: Hypnotherapy Association, National Council for Hypnotherapy, National Register of Advanced Hypnotherapists, Cambridge Register of Advanced Hypnotherapists, Association of Professional Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists, National Guild of Hypnotists (USA)


College of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy

Courses offered: Foundation in Hypnosis, Counselling and Rapport Skills; Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy; Advanced Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy

Course content: Download summary of course content or see website for more details

Course structure: Foundation is 12 days (6 weekends); Diploma is 24 days (12 weekends); Advanced Diploma is an additional 12 days (6 weekends)

Locations: London

Established: 2009

Cost: Foundation £1518; Diploma £2976.20; Advanced Diploma £1518

Entrance requirements: Foundation: Open, all candidates are interviewed for suitability; Diploma: Completion of CCBH Foundation course, or other hypnotherapy training; Advanced Diploma: Completion of CCBH Diploma or other hypnotherapy training

Accreditation: General Hypnotherapy Register


Curative Hypnotherapy Training

Courses offered: Introduction; Certificate; Diploma in Curative Hypnotherapy

Course structure: Introduction (approximately 3 months distance learning, 6 modules), Certificate (5 practical weekend sessions), Diploma (between 2-4 years according to commitment & ability, 9 modules)

Course content: The Introduction course covers the fundamentals of hypnosis and curative hypnotherapy, explains the different roles of conscious and subconscious parts of the mind, and enables you to understand how the subconscious creates reactions/symptoms/problems.

The Certificate course provides comprehensive practical training. Designed for those wishing to be in practice as curative hypnotherapists, courses are suitable for those with no prior knowledge and those with qualifications in more standard uses of hypnosis.

The Diploma course is individualised and tailored to the areas which have yet to be mastered. Covers treatment (consultation to completing treatment) as well as running a successful business.

Location: Birmingham

Established: 1978

Cost: Introduction £150; Certificate Course £2050 (including all refreshments, lunch, handouts, and personal feedback/guidance); Diploma Course £84 - £133 per module

Entrance requirements: Fluency in English language. Students must successfully complete prior level of training before continuing to subsequent levels.

Accreditation: General Hypnotherapy Standards Council, The Hypnotherapy Society, The Hypnotherapy Association, The Organisation for Curative Hypnotherapists, The UK Confederation of Hypnotherapy Organisations


HypnoFocus Training

Courses offered: Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy & NLP

Course structure: A mixture of theory and practical training sessions conducted at weekends. Training provides students with the knowledge and skills to set up a successful private practice as a clinical hypnotherapist.

Entrance requirements: Telephone interview

Course established: 2006

Course content: Please see prospectus available on website

Course duration: 16 days classroom training, and 450 hours of structured learning

Costs: Refer to course website

Accreditation: General Hypnotherapy Standards Council, Hypnotherapy Society, Guild of NLP.


Motivation Training UK

Courses offered: Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy (with NLP)

Entrance requirements: None, open to everyone

Costs: £2750 (including food and accomodation)

Location: Residential in Scotland - available for all UK students


Past Life Regression Academy

Courses offered: Certificate (4 days, Foundation level hypnosis); Diploma (16 days, Regression Therapy)

Breakdown of course structure: The initial foundation course covers using hypnosis with suggestions and included smoking cessation, stress reduction and confidence building. After certification students can work in the areas taught. The later regression therapy covers resolving a wide range of emotional problems, unexplainable chronic pain, deep seated childhood trauma and post traumatic stress.

Course content: The course content is extensive and details can be obtained on application for a prospectus.  Training, both practical and theoretical, covers rapport building, management of the hypnotic state, suggestion therapy, current life regression, past life regression, spiritual transformation, body therapy, inner child integration, management of catharsis, releasing intrusive energy, interviewing clients, introduction to psychopathology, setting up a therapy business.

Location: UK residential setting at Gaunts House in Dorset. Programs are offered internationally including the UK, Norway, Sweden, Spain and Singapore.

Course established: 1992

Cost: Certificate in Foundation Hypnosis (£370 including tutor, supervision & certification), Diploma in Regression Therapy (£1480 including tutor supervision and certification). £260 accomodation costs for each 4 day workshop.

Entry criteria: All qualified professionals and therapists. Applicants without professional qualifications must be able to demonstrate interest, enthusiasm, and life experience appropriate to helping professions.

Accreditation: The school is accredited by the International board of Regression Therapy, and is recognised by the European Association of Regression Therapy and the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council


Scottish School of Hypnotherapy Ltd

Courses offered: Practitioner level training in clinical hypnotherapy.

Breakdown of course structure: The course meets the minimum 450 hours of study and is delivered in five parts, the first part being a unique, two week residential during which students undergo intensive, ‘immersion’ training at the School in Glendaruel. Full details and dates can be found on the website

Course content: The course content is extensive and details can be obtained on application for a prospectus.  Training, both practical and theoretical, covers rapport building, management of the hypnotic state, suggestion therapy, hypnoanalytical techniques including past life regression, management and resolution of abreactions, spontaneous or otherwise, marketing and business management, application of NLP, EFT and other ancillary approaches

Location: Glendaruel, Argyll, Scotland, PA22 3AE

Course established: 1989

Cost: £3,150 including all accommodation costs 

Entry criteria: Honesty, integrity, open mindedness and a willingness to learn

Accreditation: The School is an Associate Member of UKCHO.  Qualification is recognised by the NSPH, The Hypnotherapy Association, The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council and the National Council of Psychotherapists


UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

Courses offered: Certificate in Evidence-Based Hypnotherapy, Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy

Breakdown of course structure: Certificate Course - 7 Day Intensive Training (Saturday to Friday 10am to 6pm); Diploma Course - 21 Days - in three stages of 7 Days each (Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3)

Course content: Certificate: this course is mainly focused on basic hypnotherapy assessment, hypnotic induction, and the use of suggestion. The course is based on the cognitive-behavioural model of hypnosis - and therefore what you learn lends itself very well to being integrated with cognitive behavioural therapy.

Diploma: Training focuses on practical face-to-face classroom exercises and group learning. Stage one focuses on the core skills of a hypnotherapist whereas stage 2 deals with behavioural psychology and interventions in hypnotherapy. Stage 3 addresses cognitive concepts and techniques. The whole training covers much of traditional cognitive behavioural therapy but with a special focus on imagery techniques, imaginal exposure, relaxation training, and integrating hypnosis into CBT. Students are trained in the basic theory and skills - and also learn basic case conceptualisation and treatment design. 

Location: London

Course established: 2003

Cost: Certificate £695; Diploma £2199

Entry criteria: Open to anyone however:

Accreditation: Certificate Course - approved as CPD by the British Psychological Society Learning Centre; Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy - the diploma is awarded externally by NCFE (government regulated national awarding body) and is a Level 4 Award. The Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy is accredited by The National Council of Hypnotherapy, The General Hypnotherapy Register, The Register for Evidence-Based Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy and The National Hypnotherapy Society.