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Counselling Skills - Level 3 CPCAB Certificate (Day)

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. 

Course Content

Weekly written journals and practical assessments

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 assessment

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 is required. All assignments will need to be typed so all learners should be IT literate.


There will be a weekly learning review (80 -1000 words), at least two tutor observations of your 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: PPBL013
Study Mode: Part Time
Location: Basingstoke
Duration: 18 Weeks
Start Date: 03/02/2022
Day & Time: Thurs 9.30am to 3.00pm
Tuition Fees: £811.00
Registration Fees: £191.00
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