Counselling Skills Diploma Level 3

The Pearson Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills is for those aged 19 and over who want to progress to become a qualified professional counsellor, or gain counselling skills as part of their current profession, for example teachers and nurses. The course is run one full day a week for a full academic year and is taught in a supportive environment which involve seminars, role plays and discussion groups.

Who is this course aimed at?

Experienced professionals who wish to further their counselling skills to support their main employment role or those people wishing to obtain an introduction to counselling as a career option.

Course Content

The Counselling Skills Diploma Level 3 course is made up of five mandatory units including:

  • Developing Counselling Skills
  • Theoretical Approaches in the Use of Counselling Skills
  • Working Ethically With Counselling Skills
  • Counselling Skills and Diversity
  • Counselling Skills and Personal Development

The content of the qualification will support the personal development and development of counselling skills and knowledge.The course is classroom based with role plays to evidence and support development of practical skills. Classroom work is delivered in a mixture of taught and research sessions with fully trained and experienced counsellors. Assessments are conducted in a variety of methods to create a portfolio across the year in order to achieve the qualification.

Entry Requirements

The ability to work at Level 3 and a desire to help others is more important than formal qualifications. Progression onto the Degree programme will require Level 2 (GCSE or equivalent) Literacy and Numeracy although these can be obtained whilst studying on the Level 3 programme.

Career Opportunities

Entry level posts within the Counselling sector. Learners can progress onto the BA (Hons) in Person Centred Counselling Studies at University Centre Colchester UCC, MA or other CPD course in child therapy or other specific courses such as Counselling for Depression.

How To Apply

To apply to study on this part-time course you will need to complete and return the part-time application form in the next menu.

Most part-time courses will start in September, however they can start at various points during the year, and some part-time courses will run more than once per academic year.

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Counselling Skills Diploma Level 3
LevelLevel 3
Duration36 weeks (One Year)
Study ModePart-Time
CampusColchester Institute
Start DateSeptember 2021
AttendanceOne day per week (Monday). Lesson times will be confirmed upon application.


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