Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills – (25 weeks plus four Saturdays)

There are no formal entry requirements although Level 2 Counselling Concepts is a feeder into the Level 3, but prospective learners should be aware, that the course involves experiential learning and self-awareness exercises, which will be demanding of the self in interaction with others.

Unit T/601/7567: Understanding the context for the use of counselling skills 
This unit is intended to deepen the learners’ understanding of the significant differences between a person who uses counselling skills in another occupation and a fully trained and qualified counsellor. Learners will explore key legal and ethical issues based on an ethical framework for counselling and psychotherapy. The need for and the importance of casework supervision will be highlighted.

Areas of study: 


  • Understand and demonstrate what the counselling skills are and when to use them appropriately
  • Demonstrate understanding of the need to work within an ethical framework (BACP)
  • Understand the environment in which counselling takes place
  • Demonstrate an understanding of casework supervision and it’s place within counselling

Unit R/601/7575: Understanding counselling theory 
In this unit, learners will study one major therapeutic model of counselling in depth to empower the learner to reflect constructively on its value and use in counselling, or a counselling skills situation when working with people. Learners will also gain an understanding of two other therapeutic models of counselling to raise awareness of other models.

Areas of study:

  • Understand a major therapeutic model of counselling (Humanistic)
  • Understand the principles of two other therapeutic models of counselling (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy [CBT] and Psychodynamic)

Unit K/601/7579: Using counselling skills 
Through practice, reflection and feedback, learners will explore a range of skills used within counselling and other professions. Additionally they will understand that sessions in which counselling skills are used are professionally managed activities with a start, middle and end.

Areas of study:

  • Understand the process within a counselling skills session
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage a session with a client safely and ethically
  • Reflect on feedback and own practice

Unit K/601/7582: Personal development for users of counselling skills 
In this unit, learners reflect on how the study of counselling theory, the use of counselling skills and feedback received can inform personal development and growth, in particular their understanding of self.

Areas of study:

  • Understand and demonstrate how counselling study can inform personal development
  • Use counselling skills practice to understand self
  • Reflect on personal development

Throughout all units, working within a diverse society will be acknowledged and explored in relation to anti-discriminatory practice.

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