Is this the course for you?
If you have already acquired a Level 2 qualification in counselling skills, and now want to increase your knowledge and training in order to take your next step towards becoming a qualified counsellor, then you're in the right place, as this is the course for you.
The Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies will deepen your knowledge of ethics, counselling theory, and mental health, while aiding your personal development as a counsellor. With a strong focus on experiential areas such as professional discussion and workshops, simulated counselling practice, and group training supervision, this course seeks to recreate real-world scenarios to allow you to really hone your skills.
On this course you will introduced to the three main counselling theories, these being the Person-Centred approach, the Psychodynamic approach, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), providing you with a broad base of knowledge to help advance your future career.
You will also be required to take part in six sessions of personal counselling to aid your personal development.
The Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies will not lead directly to employment as a fully-qualified counsellor, it is primarily designed as a gateway to continued studies and training, but it can open the door to trainee counsellor roles and employment in related fields.
This is a two-year part-time course, with classes held every Thursday for 18 weeks. With a choice of two study times, either 9am-3.10pm, or 3.30pm-9pm, this course can be fitted in around your existing work, study, or family commitments.
What modules will you do?
- Prepare to work within an ethical framework for counselling
- Understand the counselling relationship
- Understand difference and diversity issues to develop empathic understanding
- Work within a user-centred approach to counselling
- Use counselling theory to develop self-awareness in counselling practice
- Understand theories of counselling and mental health
- Use feedback, reflection and supervision to support counselling studies
What do you need to apply?
- 4 GCSE qualifications at grades A*-C or 9-4, including English Language
- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CPCAB) or equivalent and a Level 2 English qualification
Additional Information: Minimum age: 19 Preferred age: 23+ with three years of independent adult-life experience
How will you be assessed?
You will be assessed in a number of ways, including feedback on counselling skills practice, weekly learning reviews, essay, case study, addressing the CPCAB criteria, and an external assessment. To achieve the qualification, you will have to be assessed as 'Proficient' in both the tutor assessment and CPCAB external assessment.
There is a course requirement for at least six sessions of person-centred or integrative counselling while on the course, which you will have to self-fund.
Where can this course take you?
This course could lead to work as a helper, or a trainee counsellor, in areas such as mental health, the homeless, substance misuse, education, health, and social care.
Further training can lead to becoming a fully-qualified counsellor.
After successfully passing the Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies, you may wish to consider progressing on to the following Level 4 course:
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)