Counselling Skills - Level 3 Diploma - September 2020 - Daytime

This course is designed for those people who wish to involve themselves in counselling 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 counselling skills and methods and their application in specific practical situations, including experimental learning, taking into account ethical considerations. Group work and role-play will be included in the taught work.

The course is suitable for professionals employed in education, welfare or social services wishing to develop a counselling role. It may also be appropriate for those working in a voluntary capacity with self-help groups or other agencies.

A commitment to equal opportunities is an essential component of this course.

It will be necessary for candidates to be able to do at least 9-11 hours of reading/ research per week, at home. A reading list will be provided and you will need to obtain two or three books. (Books will be at the candidates own expense).

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.

How will I be assessed?

  • Continuous assessment through assignments/projects/reflective journals and a portfolio of evidence
  • Completed Portfolio by the end of the course which will be internally and externally assessed
  • Candidates must submit a completed portfolio of evidence by the end of the course for final assessment/li>
  • Attendance will be monitored throughout (minimum of 90%)
  • External verifier may request photocopying part of your portfolio but your confidentiality will be kept at all times

There are five mandatory units:


What do I need?

Candidates will need to be 16 or above

Possession of a NCFE Level 2 Award in Helping Skills/ Counselling Skills. (Proof of this will be expected at enrolment).

Where can it take me?

Edexcel Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. (Not automatic progression). Please note that candidates who have not submitted a completed portfolio of evidence at the end of this course will not be considered for the Level 5.

Additional information

Possession of a NCFE Level 2 Award in Helping Skills/ Counselling Skills is required for enrolling on this course. (Proof of this will be expected at enrolment).

“The nature of this level of counselling course involves an increasing degree of self-awareness and personal development. It is important that you consider that you may not be ready for this course if you have undergone any significant life change or loss in the last 12 months”

90% attendance for this course is mandatory in line with College and NCFE policy.

For more information about the course, contact Sue Harvey, Email:, Telephone: 0121 602 7548

Fees TBC

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