Level 3 Certificate In Counselling Studies

Level 3 Certificate In Counselling Studies

Course Code: 2989 Duration: 1 Year Attendance: Part Time Location: Hart Professional College


About the course

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

Advanced Learner Loan

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.


Tuition £811

Please note that while we make reasonable adjustments to remove any barriers to education, additional fees may be payable where this is not possible. For example, to provide additional support due to a disability. Please contact us if you believe you have any additional needs so that we can discuss your options before enrolling on a course.

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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.

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Your course

How will I be assessed?

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.

Other Information

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.

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What Next?

On successful completion of the Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies, students may progress on to the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. (Progression on to the Level 4 course is not guaranteed and is subject to a satisfactory tutor reference and meeting the Level 4 entry requirements. See CPCAB website for further information https://www.cpcab.co.uk/qualifications/tc-l4)

On successful completion the student will be able to:

  • Prepare to work within an ethical framework for counselling
  • Understand the counselling relationship
  • Prepare to use diversity understandings and skills in a counselling relationship
  • Prepare to manage the counselling process within a user-centred contract
  • Develop personal awareness and understanding in preparation for counselling work
  • Develop understanding of the counselling process and theory
  • Prepare to use supervision as a self-reflective practitioner
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Entry Requirements

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

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:

  • Ability to translate intra-personal experience into language and written work
  • Able to benefit from self-development
  • Able to give and process feedback received in a non defensive and constructive way
  • Emotional stability
  • Evidence personal insight and willingness to work on no-go areas
  • Ability to form a helping relationship
  • Able to form successful working relationships with peers which enables a thriving learning environment
  • Awareness and ability to work with difference and diversity
  • Able to cope with course content
  • Identify reasons for training beyond just personal development
  • Be motivated towards developing as a counselling practitioner
  • Use counselling skills within an agency or working with counselling skills
  • Provide references from previous tutor/s

*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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