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Part-time Level 3 Counselling Skills Certificate

Course Name 
Part-time Level 3 Counselling Skills CertificateAvailable for Enquiries
Course Details
Location Wakefield College
Level Level 3
Start Date Tuesday 20th September 2022 and Thursday 19th January 2023
Duration 1 year
Time of Day Evening
Mode of Study Part time
Awarding Body Skills Education Group (SEG)
Offering Code CTL3COU1D000-A and CTL3COU1D000-B
Course Overview

The ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills is designed to provide a broad-based foundation in counselling skills. It offers an introduction into counselling theory and an understanding of professional issues. You will explore issues related to personal development and self-awareness along with developing skills needed for working interpersonally with others in a diverse range of settings.

The course is a qualification in its own right but also forms part of a structure leading to qualified counsellor status. However, the Level 3 Certificate will not qualify you to practise as a counsellor - to do this, you must undertake further training with us at Level 4.

The course is also suitable for students who want to acquire a repertoire of counselling skills for use in other work areas, such as nursing or teaching.

What you will Study

The ABC Level 3 programme comprises of four units:

  • Personal development for users of counselling skills
  • Understanding counselling theory
  • Understanding the context for the use of counselling skills
  • Using counselling skills in practice

The course will introduce you to some of the underlying psychological theories which underpin the use of counselling skills and examine ethical issues such as confidentiality and boundaries. It is, therefore, useful in the workplace, the voluntary sector, and also in any other situations where people interact.

How you will Learn

The course has a formal structure but relies heavily on student participation as a vital part of the learning process.

This course principally uses the Person-Centred approach to counselling, and also adheres to the BACP Ethical Framework for Counselling.

How you will be Assessed The course is mainly assessed through assignment work completed by students. There is also an assessed, recorded listening session as part of this course. To complete the course, you will need to spend around three to four hours per week on independent study outside course time.
Entry Requirements

ABC Level 2 Counselling Concepts course, or an equivalent introductory counselling course. Students will also be asked to submit a 500 word assignment based on Counselling theory prior to being offered a place.

It is desirable for students to have achieved GCSE grade C or above in English or equivalent and to have good IT and study skills.

Attendance Expectations September - Tuesdays 5-9 January - Thursdays 5-9
Attendance - Please note

It is an expectation that students prioritise this course and set out with the intention of attending 100% of the time.

The course involves experiential learning and self-awareness exercises in group situations, this can be emotionally demanding, and may potentially affect personal relationships outside of the course. Students should consider their own emotional wellbeing when deciding whether this is the right time for them to undertake this course.

This course must not be used primarily as personal therapy for students and training of this nature is not advised if students have recently suffered personal crises or emotional difficulties. Partners and persons in close relationships are discouraged from attending the same course.

Fee Information

These fees relate to 2022/23


Course costs for students aged 19 or over - TBC

If you are aged between 19 to 23 and you have not already achieved a full level 3 (or above) qualification, then your course may be free.

If you are aged over 19 and have achieved a full level 3 qualification or are aged over 24 you are probably eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan from the government to cover your tuition fees.

For more detailed information on financial support please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789283.

You can also get more details by going to:

Different fees apply to international/overseas students.

Further Study After successful completion of this Level 3 course, students will be able to undertake further training in a variety of subject areas, at both further and higher education level, including Level 4 counselling diplomas. Progression to Level 4 is not automatic; students should check entry requirements on our website.
Career Opportunities The certificate course can lead on to training as a professional counsellor. Alternatively, the course can be used to enhance other vocational work in both the paid and voluntary sector.
How to Apply

For an application form, please contact Course Information on 01924 789111.

Once you have filled in your application form and returned it to college, we will be in touch regarding an interview.

For Further Details

Please contact the Course Information Team on 01924 789111.

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Information last amended: 22 February 2023 11:58

Forthcoming Open Events
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05.00pm, Wednesday, 22 February, 2023

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