Counselling Skills - Level 3

Course length

105 hours (36 weekly sessions of 3 hours) Plus additional workshops.

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 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.

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.

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, in some cases, an external exam as well.

In 2021-2022 the average salary for a qualified counsellor was £26,582. Experienced counsellors can earn between £30,000 and £40,000

Support if you are registered unemployed, looking for a job or a better job – Route to Work

As part of your learning programme, we will support you to develop the skills you need to get a job or a better job, such as CV writing, application forms, interviews and working in a team.  Your tutor will discuss your individual learning and development needs to agree with you which of our Route to Work short courses will best suit your needs and enrol you on these modules.

Entry requirements

Learners must be at least 18 years old. You will need English skills at level 2. You should already have completed a Certificate in Counselling Skills at level 2 and have relevant work experience. You will need to be interviewed to ensure this course is suitable for you at this time.

Course content

You will learn about:

  • Building own resilience
  • Developing counselling skills
  • Theoretical approaches in the use of counselling skills
  • Working ethically with counselling skills
  • Counselling skills and diversity
  • Counselling skills and personal development

Will I gain any qualifications?

You will gain a NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills.

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 participate in group and paired activities and discussions; this may be a mixture of face to face and online learning. You will build a portfolio of evidence and complete specific tasks with the guidance of your tutor. Independent study and research are required.

Your commitments as a learner

To achieve success on 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.

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