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Counselling Skills

Course aims

These qualifications are designed to give learners the core knowledge, skills and competencies required to use counselling and coaching skills ethically and safely in a variety of contexts and roles.

What could these courses lead to?

Careers that would benefit from Counselling Skills include; Human Resources (HR) Nursing & Healthcare, Teaching, any Team Leaders and Managers. 

In order to become a practising counsellor learners need to achieve a subject specialism at level 4/5. These courses are assessed through a portfolio of evidence and an external exam as well.

In 2018-2019, the average salary was £23,041.

Course details

Counselling Skills - Level 2 Certificate

Course length
99 hours – usually 33 weekly sessions of 3 hours.

Who is this course for?
This qualification is suitable for those starting the first level of training as a professional counsellor or those who want to use counselling skills in other professional or helping roles

Entry requirements
Learners must be at least 18 years old. You must have English at level 2 and Maths at level 1.  You will need to be interviewed to ensure the course is suitable for you at this time.

Course content
You will learn about:

  • a range of counselling skills, and how to use them ethically and safely
  • practising your counselling skills in a supportive relationship
  • using feedback and reflection to enhance your counselling skills.

Additional assessment requirements
You will complete an externally assessed written paper after watching a CPCAB DVD under exam conditions.

Will I gain any qualifications?
You will gain a CPCAB Counselling Skills Certificate at level 2.


Counselling Studies - Level 3 Certificate

Course length
 99 hours – usually 33 weekly sessions of 3 hours

Who is this course for?
The qualification is for those who have already acquired counselling skills and want to take the next step in training to become a counsellor, or who want to learn more about counselling theory. Whilst this counselling studies qualification will not by itself enable you to practise as a counsellor, it will introduce you to counselling theory, develop your therapeutic skills and help to prepare you for study at a higher level.

Entry requirements
Learners must be at least 19 years old. You will need English at level 2 and Maths at level 1. You should already have completed the Certificate in Counselling Skills at level 2 and have relevant work experience. You will need to be interviewed to ensure the course is suitable for you at this time.

Course content
You will learn about:

  • how to prepare for work within an ethical framework for counselling
  • understanding the counselling relationship
  • understanding issues in developing empathic understanding
  • working with a user-centred approach to counselling
  • understanding theories of counselling and mental health
  • developing self-awareness in counselling practice
  • developing enhanced therapeutic skills in practice sessions
  • producing a candidate portfolio evidencing minimum assessment requirements.

Additional assessment requirements
You will complete an externally assessed written paper after watching a CPCAB DVD under exam conditions.

Will I gain any qualifications?
You will gain a CPCAB Counselling Studies Certificate at level 3.


How will I learn?

You will be taught and supported by a tutor. You will be expected to attend your group once a week and take part in group and paired activities and discussions. You will build a portfolio of evidence and complete specific tasks with the guidance of your tutor.  A substantial amount of independent study and research is required.

Your commitments as a learner

To achieve success in the course you will need to attend regularly. If you need to miss a class, please let us know in advance.

You will need to ensure that you allow sufficient time for self-study and complete any homework set. You will be expected to complete all assessments and complete the full course.

Other important information

You will need to be interviewed before you are able to enrol to ensure you are suitable for the course.

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