Certificate in Counselling – Level 2

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Why study this course?

This course is designed for those people who wish to involve themselves in helping either in a professional or voluntary capacity. The course will offer the opportunity for participants to examine their own personal development and enhance their self- awareness. It will include various communication skills and methods and their application in various situations, including experimental learning, group work, taking into account ethical considerations.

If successful this course can lead to a Level 3 Diploma in Counselling

At least 5-7 hours of study at home per week will be required.

Note to applicants:

In this course you will be expected to talk about yourself in a classroom environment and have mandatory attendance of at least 90% for the duration of the course. As this is an introduction to the Counselling training you need to be aware that you will be expected to do a lot of use of self-reflection and this could result in highlighting things that have happened and have impacted on your life/things that are happening and impacting on your life. You need to think carefully before embarking on this course to ensure that it is the right course for you at this time in your life as it will not be a place for you to have group therapy it will be an academic/teaching course that will help you learn and develop counselling skills.

Students will need to be prepared to seek outside help/college counsellor if it becomes apparent (or if the tutor advises) to ensure emotional safety.

Course Content

This course consists of four mandatory units:

  1. Using Counselling skills
  2. Introduction to Counselling skills theories
  3. Diversity and ethics in the use of Counselling skills
  4. Counselling skills and personal development

Continuous assessment through assignments/projects/reflective journals and portfolio building

Completion of portfolio by end of course which will be internally and externally assessed.

A completely signed off portfolio of evidence is mandatory by the end of the course for final assessment to take place.

Attendance will be monitored throughout the course (minimum 90%)

External verifiers may request copies of your work however your confidentiality will be kept at all times.

Entry requirements

  1. Candidate will need to be 18 before the 31st of Aug of that academic year.
  2. No prior knowledge is required to enrol on this course.
  3. Basic IT skills will be required as course work will need to be uploaded to Turnitin on our Moodle system.


Writing materials and a lever arch folder for portfolio building.

A book list will be provided and it is recommended that you obtain one book from the list. (Books) at candidates own expense.

Day, time and duration

April 2024 AM – Tuesday 9am-1pm

April 2024 PM – Wednesday 5pm-9pm


Start date

Course start date to be confirmed

April 2024

AM: Tuesday 23rd April

PM: Wednesday 1st May

Please note the April level 2 course will run from Apr 2024 until w/c 8th Jul 2024 and then students will break for the summer- they will return w/c 19th Aug 2024 (Online for 4 weeks until w/c 16th Sept 2024) and the course will finish Dec 2024

September 2024


April 2024 – FREE

September 2024 – Fees to be confirmed

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