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Counselling Skills - Level 3 CPCAB Certificate (Evening)

Part Time

Course Overview

This course is for people who already work within, or who want to work in, a helping field, with a view taking their next steps in training to become a counsellor. It will help to develop self-awareness and provide a 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. It could lead to employment in related fields. 

This is a thirty week course designed for those who work during the day and are wanting to re-train at night. 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. The content of what is taught on each course however, is the same.

Course Content

The following will be covered on the course:

Working within an ethical framework

Understanding the counselling relationship

Understanding difference and diversity issues to develop 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

A learning review (800-1000 words) will need to be completed after each session.

Entry Requirement

Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills, or evidence of equivalent prior learning. A Level 3 application form must be completed and a tutor reference required. All assignments will need to be typed so all learners should be IT literate.


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 on 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.


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Course Outline

Course Code: PEBL005
Study Mode: Part Time
Location: Basingstoke
Duration: 1 Year
Start Date: 08/09/2021
Day & Time: Wed 6pm to 9pm
Tuition Fees: £811.00
Registration Fees: £191.00
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