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Level 3 Counselling Skills CPCAB Certificate

Part Time

Course Overview

This CPCAB course is for people who already work within, or who want to work in, a helping field, with a view to taking their next steps in training to become a counsellor. The course will develop learners' self-awareness and provide knowledge and understanding of the necessary counselling skills leading to further theory and practice.

By the end of the course, learners will have learned more about counselling theory, ethics and mental health and will be prepared to work within an agency. This course does not lead to employment as a counsellor, it is designed as a pre-practitioner training for the level 4 qualification, but could lead to employment in related fields. 

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

Course Content

The following will be covered in the course:

  • Working within an ethical framework
  • Understanding the counselling relationship
  • Understanding difference and diversity issues to develop an empathic understanding
  • Working collaboratively with clients
  • Using counselling theory to understand yourself and your experiences
  • Using counselling skills coherently
  • Using study skills to help manage learning
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the theoretical approaches
  • Understand counselling theories and approaches to mental health
  • Introduction to clinical supervision 
  • Assessment of practical work

After each session, a learning review (800-1000 words) will need to be completed.

Entry Requirement

  • To have completed Level 2 in Counselling Skills or the equivalent amounting to a minimum of 75 Guided learning hours (tutor-led sessions)**
  • Demonstrate a willingness to develop a personality suitable for helping work and a willingness to engage in personal therapy in the future
  • 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 of 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 differences and diversity
  • Able to cope with course content*
  • Identify reasons for training beyond just personal development
  • Be motivated towards developing as a counselling practitioner
  • Provide references from previous tutor/s if external to BCoT

*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.

** 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.

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 adequate client/help 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.

Exceptions:  We DO NOT accept certificates from online/distant learning suppliers.


Weekly written journals (800-1000 words), at least two tutor observations of practical skills work, written assignments, case studies, workshops and an end-of-year exam. 

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

Where does this course lead to

Progression to a Level 4 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 tutor and/or Course Director. Following a successful interview, you will then be provided with an enrolment code in order to complete your enrolment online.

The loan available for this course (£811) doesn't cover the whole fee. Additional payment to the college will be required if you choose to take out the loan.

Thank you for your interest in this course, enrolment has not yet opened for 2023, join our waiting list to receive details about our next course.

Join the waiting list

If the course you are interested in is full, please email information@bcot.ac.uk and a member of our team will get back to you with the next available start date and place you on the course waiting list

Course Outline

Course Code: PEBL005
Study Mode: Part Time
Location: Basingstoke
Duration: 1 Year
Start Date: TBC.
Day & Time: Wed or Thu 6pm to 9pm
Tuition Fees: TBC (previously £811.00)
Registration Fees: £209.00
Learner Loan L3AO
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