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Level 2 Counselling Skills CPCAB Certificate

Part Time

Course Overview

This course is for people who want to work in helping interactions or enhance their skills base for their current workplace, or for those with a view to pursuing further study as a counsellor. It will help to develop self-awareness and provide knowledge and understanding of the necessary counselling skills leading to additional theory and practice.

By the end of the course, learners will have gained an understanding of the beginnings, middle stages and endings of a helping interaction. They will also learn how to apply a repertoire of skills and how to work with silence, have a basic knowledge of the counselling models and develop confidence that their newfound skills can be applied effectively.

This is a 30-week course designed for those who work during the day and want to re-train at night. The course is longer than the 18-week day course to account for a shorter evening each week, i.e. 3 hours in the evening compared to the 5 hours in the day. The content of what each course is taught, however, is the same.

Course Content

In the course, you will learn about:

  • Various counselling skills and how to safely and ethically use them. We adhere to the principles of the BACP, and you will learn about these and how to apply them to your helping work.
  • the different stages of a helping session and how to manage these, sustaining healthy boundaries that keep you and your helpee safe. 
By the end of the course, you will understand empathy and how to focus on keeping to your helpee’s agenda and how to use your awareness of your own experiences and feelings to enhance this work rather than detract from it. This course, demands an ability to look at your own process and reflect on what you bring to each interaction in order to improve your practice.

Entry Requirement

To enrol on this course, you will be expected to:

  • Be able to cope with course content*
  • Have the ability to translate intra-personal experience into language and written work
  • Be able to benefit from self-development
  • Be able to give and process feedback received in a constructive way
  • Be able to form successful working relationships with peers
  • Be motivated towards developing as a helper
  • Have emotional stability*
  • Identify reasons for training beyond just personal development
  • Work with difference and diversity within the learning group

*Disclaimer – Please note that if an applicant has experienced a significant life event in the last 6 months i.e. Bereavement or recovery from a mental health issue, the college has the right to refuse the application and will recommend deferring due to the demands of the course.


A learning review (500-750 words) must be completed after each session.

Longer assignments in this course include an essay, a taped assessment, a group presentation and a summary self-review.

All students will have the opportunity to discuss assessments with their tutor during scheduled tutorials.

Where does this course lead to

Progression to a Level 3 Counselling qualification.

How to Enrol

To enrol on this course, please email counselling@bcot.ac.uk with the course you are interested in to arrange an interview with the Course Lecturer and/or Course Director. Following a successful interview, you will then be provided with an enrolment code in order to complete your enrolment online.


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Course Outline

Course Code: PEBL004
Study Mode: Part Time
Location: Basingstoke
Duration: 1 Year
Start Date: 20/09/2023
Day & Time: Wed or Thu 6pm to 9pm
Tuition Fees: £500.00
Registration Fees: £199.00
Unemployment Benefit
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