Vocational Course

Counselling Diploma CACHE Level 3


About this course

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.

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.

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).

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

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 a Counselling training course 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 impacted 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) that it is needed to ensure emotional safety.

What will I learn?

  1. Developing Counselling Skills
  2. Theoretical Approaches in the Use of Counselling Skills
  3. Working Ethically with Counselling Skills
  4. Counselling Skills and Diversity
  5. Counselling Skills and Personal Development

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
  • Minimum 90% attendance, which will be monitored throughout the course

Candidates must submit a completed portfolio of evidence by the end of the course for final assessment.

External verifier may request photocopying part of your portfolio but your confidentiality will be kept at all times.

What do I need?

Specific Requirements

  • 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 may not be considered for the Level 5.

Additional Information

Will this course lead to a formal qualification?

NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills.
Please note that you will not be a qualified counsellor at the end of this course.

What is required for the first class?
Writing materials, lever arch folder for portfolio

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

Who can I contact about the course?
Part-time Admissions on 0121 602 7799

Who is the course leader?
Sue Harvey sharvey@halesowen.ac.uk, telephone: 0121 602 7792

Course Costs

Course fee (2018/19) - £1005.00
This fee includes registration fee.

You can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan from the Students Loans Company or pay the college directly either as a lump sum or by instalments.