This qualification is intended for candidates who have already acquired a recognised qualification in counselling skills and want to take the next step in training to become a counsellor to learn more about counselling theory, ethics and mental health and be prepared for work as a professional counsellor in an agency setting.
This course is validated by the CPCAB (Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body). CPCAB is an organisational member of the European Association for Counselling and their qualifications are internationally available. The CPCAB website can be accessed on www.cpcab.co.uk
If you are aged 19 or over and are starting a course at level 3 to level 6 you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan from the Government which can cover the costs of your tuition fees.
See our student finance pages for full details.
To help with the costs of studying, this course is eligible for:
To check your individual eligibility, please contact us online or telephone 01252 405555.
If you have any questions about this course then please contact us by phone on 01252 40 55 55 or message us.
Trainees will be responsible for developing a portfolio of their learning achievements and a Candidate Learning Record. Evidence will include: written assignments, class presentations, peer and tutor feedback, self-evaluation and review, case studies, witness testimony, audio tapes, personal development groups and external assessment.
Students need to be aware that this level of training can cause personal and inter-relational stress and that during the course they might be encouraged by their tutor to seek counselling support.
On successful completion of the Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies, students may progress on to the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
On successful completion the student will be able to:
You must have undertaken counselling skills training, e.g. the Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills or equivalent* units/qualifications** of at least 75 Guided Learning Hours and have demonstrated a willingness to develop a personality suitable for helping work (i.e. engaging in personal therapy).
The offer of a place on the L3 is conditional on a previous tutor reference and/or on interview.
In addition candidates must demonstrate the following criteria:
*This training must be from a recognised counselling training provider: recognised by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or UK Counsel for Psychotherapy (UKCP). You will need to evidence that you have undertaken skills practice and personal development within this certification / qualification.
Exceptions: We DO NOT accept certificates from on-line / distant learning suppliers.
**While a qualification in nursing, social work, psychology or similar will support your learning and understanding of some of the theories studied in counselling they will not have given you the adequate client / helpee contact nor developed your self awareness / personal development. You may have undertaken one to one work with clients, however, the nature of the counselling relationship is very different.
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