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Level 3 Counselling Skills

This course is aimed at learners with significant life experience and is intended for learners who want to take the next step in training to become a counsellor having already achieved a level 2 counselling skills qualification. It aims to provide learners with a developing understanding of counselling theory and agency work.

This course would be of particular interest to those who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of counselling theory, ethics and practice and intend to progress to a Level 4 counselling course and beyond in order to achieve practitioner status.

This award DOES NOT provide the learner with a professional qualification or entitle its holder to practice counselling professionally but it does prepare the learner to undertake workplace experience as a trainee counsellor (a requirement of Level 4 counselling training).

What Will I Learn?

The primary aim of this award is that on completion, you will have a developing understanding of counselling theory, ethics and practice which prepares you to work in an agency setting as a trainee counsellor. Self-awareness development is a key component of this course and therefore elements of personal disclosure and personal developmental activities are included.

Entry Requirements

Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills or equivalent, GCSEs at A*- D in English or equivalent qualification plus an ICT qualification or experience in ICT. You will be invited to attend an interview.


Assessment will be continuous throughout the year using various assessment methods including weekly learning reviews, 2 assignments, presentations, skills practical assessments and a written assessment at the end of the academic year.

Career Progression

On successful completion you will have the skills and qualification to use counselling skills competently in a number of environments including the care professions, teaching, youth work, mentoring etc. Learners with both the Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills and this Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (or equivalents) may progress onto the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.

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Course Details
Level:Level 3
Mode:Part Time Day
Start Date:11/09/2023
Time:12:00 - 16:00
Course Code:01P304NA
Registration Fee: £221
Tuition Fee: £340

Please note: Fees are payable for each year of study.

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