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Certificate in Counselling Skills

Qualification: College Certificate
Level 3

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About this course

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This course is for people who have gained the Introduction to Counselling qualification at level 2 and wish to continue their learning. It is a part-time course that requires you to attend college once a week for 3 hours.

Successful completion of this course will enable you to use counselling skills in one-to-one relationships as part of another job e.g. teaching or in the voluntary sector.

Important Notice

Please note that all courses are subject to minimum numbers. If there are too few enrolments, the College may cancel the course. A place on your chosen course is not confirmed until enrolment is complete and any relevant fees are paid.

There is no funding available for this course, so all students will be required to pay the full course fee. 

The course fee must be paid at least 3 weeks before start date. Payment plans are available.

If you have any questions about this course, please contact us.

Tel: 023 8048 4848

You will practice counselling skills to an intermediate level, learn about theory, ethics and non-discriminatory practice as well as have fun, give presentations and explore personal development.

There are 4 Units:

  • Counselling Skills
  • Ethical and Non-discriminatory Practice
  • Counselling Theory
  • Personal Development

The teaching and learning on this course embraces a student-centred ethos.  This means you will take part in small group exercises, whole group debates/discussions, work in groups to give a presentation and work in triads for listening practise.

Assessment is carried via observation and traditional marking of assignments.  Attendance, punctuality and attitudes are also considered when your final grade is awarded.  You will also receive verbal feedback throughout the course from the course tutor.


  • You will need to be over 18 years of age
  • You need to have a Level 2 Introduction to Counselling
  • Working at GCSE level in written and spoken English
  • You will be required to attend a College interview prior to enrolling onto the course (you will need to provide a copy of your Level 2 certificate at the interview)
  • You will need to provide two references before your interview (one from your Level 2 tutor and the other from a professional that has known you for at least two years) The reference form can be downloaded below
  • You are required to write and submit approximately 300 words on some of your life experiences and why you would like to study Counselling Skills within 2 weeks of your application. Please send this to stating your full name and date of birth.

 Download Reference Form (word document)

Start Date Course Times Duration Campus Fees
12/09/24 18:00 - 21:00 (Thu) 26 weeks Main campus £620
12/09/24 09:30 - 12:30 (Thu) 26 weeks Main campus £620
18/11/24 09:30 - 12:30 (Mon) 26 weeks Main campus £620
19/11/24 18:00 - 21:00 (Tue) 26 weeks Main campus £620

You will need a pen, a supply of paper, small A4 folder and a dictaphone.