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Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills

Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills


This programme is for anyone whose work involves the use of counselling skills (i.e. the caring roles within voluntary, statutory and private sectors) and to those wishing to train towards a career in counselling.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The programme will start in September and will take up to one year to complete. You will attend College on a Thursday evening, from 6.00pm - 9.00pm.

This course takes place at St Helens College, Town Centre Campus, St Helens, WA10 1PP.

What will I study?

To achieve this qualification, the following units will be completed:

  • Understanding the context for the use of counselling skills
  • Understanding counselling theory
  • Using counselling skills
  • Personal development for users of counselling skills.

How is it assessed?

Assessment is by internal assessment and internal and external moderation. A counselling skills practice assessment will be undertaken by the tutor.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

Students will have completed the level 2 Award in Counselling Concepts or equivalent. Before places are offered, applicants will be interviewed to determine their suitability to undertake this training.

What are the course fees?

Course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding. For more information on the financial support that may be available, please visit our dedicated Adult Financial support page.

If you are aged 19 or over, you could also choose to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees enabling you to study now, pay later. Loan eligibility isn't dependent on income or employment status and there is no credit check. Loan repayments don't start until you have finished your course and earn over £25,725 per year. For more information, please visit our dedicated Advanced Learner Loan page.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills will be a pre-requisite for entry onto the Level 4 Diploma, but progression is not automatic. It can also be used for career progression.

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