Certificate in Counselling Skills (Tuesday) // Level 2

This is a popular, part-time ‘beginners’ counselling course with a strong focus on the person–centred approach. It is delivered over 3 hours per week in 29 weeks. This course introduces learners to counselling skills development & underpinning theoretical knowledge. The course is offered with daytime or evening study options by very experienced tutors with an excellent industry reputation.

The course is for you if you are interested in:

• Learning more about counselling from three theoretical perspectives; the Person Centred Approach, the Psychodynamic Approach and CBT

• Developing confidence in listening and communication skills. This can enhance personal and professional relationships and help you understand yourself and others.

• Identifying and practicing a range of skills suited to counselling interactions

• Learning how to establish, maintain and end a counselling relationship.

• An opportunity to practically develop counselling skills within the classroom.

• A greater understanding and appreciation of yourself (personal development), ideal for increasing self-confidence and self-awareness. 

• In addition, you will have the opportunity to learn about diversity and ethics relating to counselling, including creating boundaries.


This qualification gives learners the opportunity to investigate the knowledge and practice the methods needed to use counselling skills and engage in a helping interaction appropriately. This is an ideal course for those wishing to develop their communication and listening skills and can assist individuals in many working roles.


Want to know more? Our course tutor, Rob has put together a little presentation and video to help give you a good overview of what to expect on the course. 

What will I study?

Modules delivered on this course are

1. Using counselling skills

2. Introduction to counselling skills theories

3. Diversity and ethics in the use of counselling skills

4. Counselling skills and personal development

This course is a practical introduction for those interested in becoming a counsellor or working in a listening capacity. Roles that can be enhanced by this course include health and social care, children’s care, learning and development, voluntary and community work. 

The course will also develop your literacy/English Skills as well as information and communication technology skills.

You will have the opportunity to explore the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) ethical framework for good practice, anti-discriminatory practice. In addition, you will have the opportunity to explore your own beliefs, blocks to listening and learning and giving and receiving feedback. You will engage in self-reflection with a view to develop skills and personal qualities that align to ethical and professional counselling practice.

How will I study?
You will be working in a group of around 18 people from a wide range of backgrounds. The sessions will be facilitated by an experienced counselling teacher proficient in the field of counselling. You will receive regular written and verbal feedback on your written work and during classroom activities. Course work will be assessed by your teacher. 

There is no exam on this course as you will submit your completed portfolio towards the end of the course.
There are no prior learning requirements for this course.
This course is studied part time over one academic year. 3 hours per week over 29 weeks.

Entry requirements 
No formal entry requirements are required, but you will need to attend an taster session with the course tutor.

Assessment 
You will be assessed by completing a weekly journal workbook that forms part of your learning. You will also complete two case studies. There is no exam for this qualification.

Progression & Careers
Subject to successful interviews you can access our Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies. This is a 29 week course delivered with daytime or evening options. You will then have the option to apply for the Foundation Degree in Counselling which is franchised through the University of Sunderland.
Course detail
Start September
Level Level 2
Attendance Part-time
Duration 29 weeks
Campus Coast Road Campus
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