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Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis (TA)

We are delighted to offer two Foundation Year courses for our next intake – a fully in-person course starting in September 2024 and a fully online course starting in October 2024. We are now accepting applications for both courses.

Foundation Year students 2023-24

  • Would you like to train as a Psychotherapist or Counsellor?

  • Are you interested in personal growth and in understanding how people and relational dynamics can change?

  • Would you like to learn new models of communication that can improve your understanding of yourself and others, in all areas of your life?

  • Are you interested in taking Transactional Analysis to the next level after the TA101?

The Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis could be the opportunity you’ve been looking for!

Directors of Training Fiona Cook, PTSTA and Fiona Firman PTSTA introduce the Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis

About the Course

The Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis is the first year in our Counselling and Psychotherapy training programme, and it can also be taken as a stand-alone training experience:

  • for personal development

  • to enhance existing knowledge and training as a psychotherapist or counsellor

  • to facilitate your work in an organisation that requires interaction with others

The Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis continues the style of the TA101 workshop, providing interactive and dynamic training to enable you to apply the core concepts of TA theory to yourself and your environment.

You may discover more options for relating with others, ways of resolving conflict and possibilities for change in your own life experience. The focus is on applying the core theory to your own process and your interactions with the trainer and the training group, enabling you to develop your understanding of yourself and others.

Aggie Carruthers shares a glimpse into her TA journey

Components of the Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis

  • 8 modules of Foundation Year Training

  • Introduction to Counselling Skills module

  • Physis Get Together Day

Note: TA101 is a prerequisite for enrolling in the Foundation Year

Applications for 2024

The Foundation Certificate course length is 20 days over the academic year. It can be carried out in-person or online.

2024/2025  In-person Foundation Year course dates
  • 27th/28th/29th September 2024

  • 26th/27th October 2024

  • 23rd/24th November 2024

  • 21st/22nd December 2024

  • 25th/26th January 2025

  • 22nd/23rd February 2025

  • 22nd/23rd March 2025

  • 5th April 2025

  • 24th/25th May 2025

  • 28th/29th June 2025

Our in-person training days start at 9.30am and finish at 5pm

2024/2025  Online Foundation Year course dates
  • 3rd/10th/17th/24th October 2024

  • 7th/14th/21st November 2024

  • 5th/12th/19th December 2024

  • 9th/16th/23rd/30th January 2025

  • 6th/13th/20th/27th February 2025

  • 6th/13th/20th/27th March 2025

  • 3rd/10th April 2025

  • 1st/8th/15th/22nd/29th May 2025

  • 5th/12th/19th/26th June 2025

  • 3rd/10th/17th/24th/31st July 2025

Our online training takes place on a Thursday evening starting at 5.30pm and finishing at 9pm (BST).

Course fees

The annual course fee for the Foundation Year programme for 2024/2025 is £2880 (inc. VAT).

Physis Scotland is committed to making training accessible and inclusive, therefore a 3-month payment plan or a 10-monthly payment plan is available – please do talk to us if this is of interest to you.

Full details of course costs and associated training costs (eg for therapy, student memberships etc) can be found on our fees page.

Course tutors
Any questions?
If you have any further questions about the course please contact 
or telephone Fiona Firman or Fiona Cook, Directors of Training, on 07927 557 217.
Online or in-person at Physis Scotland,
22 Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh EH3 7RN

Course Content

  • Philosophy of TA, Life Positions, Ego-States (Structural Model), Counselling Skills

  • Ego-States (Functional Model), Transactions and Strokes

  • Life Script and Script Analysis

  • Passivity, Discounting, Symbiosis and Frame of Reference

  • Racket Analysis and Authentic Emotions

  • Hungers, Time Structuring and Game Analysis

  • Contracting

  • Endings in Counselling, Ethics, Presentations and Peer Assessment

Each Foundation Year training weekend will invite reflection on systemic, political, social, environmental, ecological, cultural and intersectional contexts (as relevant).


  •  One 3000 word essay

  •  One 2500 word presentation supporting essay

  •  A 10-15 minute presentation (including supporting documentation)

  •  Evidence of reflective learning journal

  •  Minimum of 85% attendance

  •  Observed skills practice

  •  Ongoing participation in group discussion and process

Personal Therapy

A minimum of 40 hours of personal therapy per year is a requirement for those wanting to progress into advanced clinical training. Whilst personal therapy is not a requirement in Foundation Year, we strongly recommend it in order to get the most from the programme.

Pre-course requirements

  • Completion of a TA 101 course

  • A degree and/or equivalent life and work experience

We strive to be as inclusive, fair and flexible as possible, and will consider experience and skills acquired through voluntary work, work experience and parenting when reviewing applications.

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The learning environment is warm, comforting and homely - it feels safe and welcoming when I arrive, and it is so different to any other learning environment I have experienced.

Foundation Year student, Vicki, March 2023

How do I apply

The Foundation Year information booklet and application form are available to download from the links above. Once we receive your application form we will invite you for an informal interview, which will take place online.

The informal interview is an assessment of the suitability of your personal qualities, relevant experience and development goals, as well as covering important information about the course. It will also allow us to get to know each other and for you to ask any questions about the course.

Finally, if you are successful at the interview, we will contact you personally to advise you of your place on the course, subject to satisfactory references.

Places are limited and from our experience, we recommend applying as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. The application deadline for our in-person course is 30th August 2024. Our application deadline for our online course is 29th August 2024.


On successful completion of Foundation Year you will be awarded a Physis Scotland Foundation Certificate and will be eligible to progress into Advanced Year 1.

Beyond the Foundation Year / Certificate in Transactional Analysis

If you find that you are really “bitten by the TA bug” at the end of the year you can opt to continue your TA journey through any of the options offered by Physis Scotland – Diploma in Counselling using TA or qualification as a Certified Transactional Analyst Psychotherapist (CTA) and/or UKCP registered Psychotherapist.

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