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What's Involved

The course consists of five mandatory units. The following units are designed to develop your existing experience and understanding and will support you in developing counselling skills and knowledge.

The units are:

  • Developing counselling skills (12 credits)
  • Theoretical approaches in the use of counselling skills (10 credits)
  • Working ethically with counselling skills (6 credits)
  • Counselling skills and diversity (6 credits)
  • Counselling skills and personal development (6 credits)

You’ll identify, practice and develop a range of interpersonal and counselling skills and have an opportunity to understand and evaluate key elements of the main theoretical approaches to counselling. You’ll understand the context within which counselling skills and referral processes can be used whilst maintaining ethical standards and you’ll understand the implications of applying counselling skills in a diverse society. The qualification also provides you with the opportunity to reflect on your personal development and the way in which you interact with others.

Entry Requirements

You need to be 18 and above, Level 1 or 2 qualification in counselling, Grade 4 or above in GCSE English Language, Counselling experience would be an advantage.

Where will it take me?

Students can progress onto further study, such as the BA in Integrative Counselling degree course. The qualification can also help you to progress to a role in which counselling skills are used. Former students have gone on to careers including Healthcare Support Worker, Mental Health Support Worker, Counsellors and Health Education/Health Promotion Workers.

Course Assessment Method

You will have one assignment per unit which will be internally assessed. Assessments could include essays, portfolios, reports and worksheets. You will also participate in role-plays to develop counselling skills.

Where and When

Counselling Skills Level 3 Diploma

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Notes About Fees

Fees shown are per year. Additional miscellaneous fees may be applicable.

Find out more by speaking to Admissions:

  • For full-time further education courses call 01708 462833
  • For part-time further education courses call 01708 462801
  • For higher education courses, or if you’re an overseas student, call 01708 462801


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  • You don’t have to pay tuition or admin fees if you’re 16-18 and studying a further education funded course.
  • You need to pay higher education course fees each academic year.

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