Counselling Skills Diploma Level 3

The NCFE CACHE 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.

Course Info
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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

There are no formal entry requirements for this course – the ability to work at Level 3 and a desire to help others is more important than formal qualifications.

Progression onto a Degree programme will require Level 2 (GCSE or equivalent) Literacy and Numeracy, although these can be obtained whilst simultaneously studying on this Level 3 programme.

Colchester Institute offers GCSE English, Maths and Functional Skills courses for adult learners.

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.

National Skills Level 3 Offer

From April 2021, the Lifetime Skills Guarantee gives adult learners (who will be studying for their first full Level 3 qualification) the opportunity to study without paying course fees. It is part of the government’s National Skills Fund to help adults to gain the skills they need for employment, and to improve their job prospects.

This Level 3 course offered at Colchester Institute is included in the Lifetime Skills Guarantee.

This programme will be free if you meet the eligibility criteria listed below. If these do not apply, you may need to pay a fee, and the fee is located further down the course information page. You can apply for a loan to cover all of your tuition fees.

Do I have to pay a fee?

The information in this section applies to this course, and as such may not apply to other courses with different funding criteria.

This course is for learners aged 19 and over.

You will not pay tuition fees for this course if you are:
aged 19-24 on the 31st August 2022 and have an active Education, Health and Care Plan
aged 19 and over at the start of this course and you do not already have a qualification at this level (a full Level 3 or equivalent).

* This means that you have not previously attained a full Level 3 or equivalent (2 A Levels or 4 AS Levels, or QAA Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma at Level 3, or a Level 3 Tech level or applied general qualification (e.g. BTEC)).

In some cases, if you need to first enrol on a lower level course, before progressing to a level 3, this may also be fully funded by the government.

You will pay tuition fees if you are:
aged 19 and over at the start of this course and have previously achieved a full Level 3 qualification
Learners required to pay tuition fees can either self-fund (whereby you or your employer pays for the course) or apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover all, or part, of the tuition fees for this course.

The minimum loan you can get is £300, but the maximum will depend on how much the fees are and the type of course you take.

What if I am on a low income or unemployed?
From 1st April 2022 adults in England who already have an existing full Level 3 qualification or higher, or have previously achieved any other qualification included in the Level 3 adult offer, may be able to study this qualification for free.
You will not pay tuition fees provided that your qualification was achieved before 1st April 2021 and you meet either of the criteria below:
aged over 19, unemployed and in receipt of benefits
employed and earning under the National Living Wage annually (£18,525)

For students with an identified low household income, there may be financial support available through the College’s discretionary bursary fund. Although the funds cannot be used to pay for course fees they can be used to contribute towards other course related costs such as travel, childcare, books and equipment.

Advanced Learner Loans

Am I eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan?

To qualify for an advanced learner loan to cover the fees for this course you must be:

  • 19 years old or over on the first day of your course (there’s no upper age limit)
  • A UK national or have ‘settled status’ (this means there are no restrictions on how long you can stay)
  • Living in the UK on the first day of your course, and have lived in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for three years immediately before this

Most learners that fall into this bracket will be eligible, it doesn’t depend on your household income and there’s no credit check!

If your nationality or residency status is different to the above, then please contact the national Advanced Learner Loan helpline on 0300 100 0619 or check the Advanced Learner Loan website: https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan where you will be able to find further information on eligibility.

How do I apply for an Advanced Learner Loan?

Once you have applied and been offered a place on the course, the college will provide you with a ‘learning and funding information letter’. These are normally sent out in early July.

You need this to complete the loan application and you cannot apply for a loan until you have received this.

Once you have applied for a loan and it has been approved you will receive an official letter from Student Finance England.

Am I eligible for a bursary?

Applicants thinking of enrolling on this course can apply for funding to help with the costs associated with attending college.  Bursary funds are targeted at students where there is an identified low household income.

If your household income is below £25,000 per annum, you are likely to be eligible for support through the 19+ Bursary Fund (19+ and taking your 1st Level 3 course) or Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Fund (for students paying tuition fees with an advanced learner loan).

The bursary fund cannot provide help with costs unrelated to your course, such as general living expenses, nor can it be used as an attendance incentive.

Applications to the fund are not normally considered if the household income exceeds £25,000 but may be considered in some instances if the household is experiencing severe financial hardship.

Funds are targeted at course related costs such as travel, childcare, books and equipment.

Regardless of income or employment status, students self-funding (including where an employer is covering course fees), are not eligible for financial assistance through any discretionary bursary funds.

When can I apply?

Bursary Fund applications for courses starting in the 2022/23 academic year will be open from June 1st 2022.

For courses starting in September 2022, applications should be made by 1st November 2022. If you find yourself in financial hardship after this date it is important that you still contact Student Services. Applications received after 1st November will be considered on a pro-rata basis subject to need and the availability of funds.

Payment Options

Can I pay in instalments?

Where total course fees exceed £200 you (or your employer, if they are paying your course fees) can choose to pay your fees in instalments through a monthly payment plan.

40% of the fee or £500 (whichever is lower) will be payable at enrolment.

The balance must be paid within 6 months or by the end date if the course is less than 6 months in duration.

Payment in full in advance

Payment should be made in full at the time of enrolment. Acceptable payment methods include Debit Card and Credit Card (excluding American Express). Please note that we are no longer able to accept cash or cheque payments.

Applications Are Now Closed – 12/09/2022

The application window for this part-time course starting in September 2022 has now closed and we will not be processing any further applications for this course*.

If you have not yet made an application and would like to be notified should a space become available then there is the option to join a waiting list for this course, however at this late stage of the application cycle there is no guarantee that a space will become available for enrolment.

The course waiting list form for this course can be accessed using the button in the menu below.

*This does not apply to all part-time courses and we are still accepting applications for other adult learning programmes.

Counselling Skills Diploma Level 3
Qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills
LevelLevel 3
LocationColchester
Duration36 weeks (One Year)
Study ModePart-Time
Campus / Adult Skills CentreColchester Campus
Start Datew/c 12th September 2022 - Applications have now closed
AttendanceOne day per week (Monday). Lesson times will be confirmed upon application.
Fee(s)£2,225*
Awarding/Validation BodyNCFE
*This course will be free to any adult meeting the eligibility criteria under the Lifetime Skills Guarantee

Disclaimer

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Courses fees are generally not confirmed for September until June / July due to the above factors.

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