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.
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.
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.
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.
Application and Interview Process
Applicants will be invited to a two-stage interview process, which takes place in the late spring/summer prior to starting the course:
Stage one: complete a short-written task (500 words) prior to the individual interview.
Stage two: face to face interview; short group work interaction followed by 15min individual interview.
Requirements for the course include some of the following which is assessed at interview and through the written task:
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.
The application window for part-time courses starting in September and October 2024 opens on Wednesday January 3rd 2024, and we start processing applications from this date.
Applications for this course are made via our online application form and you will be able to access it from this course page.
Once you are ready to apply then please click the ‘Apply Online‘ button which will be located in the menu directly underneath this section from Wednesday January 3rd 2024.
Upon successful submission of an application you will receive an acknowledgement email from our Admissions team. If you do not receive this you should contact the team to check that your application has been received.
During the second half of the summer-term (May and June), applicants will start to receive further correspondence from the College about the next stages of the admissions process. These will include details about interviews with the course tutor or any pre-assessments and trades tests.
Once applications are open, if you have any further questions about the application process or next available start date, want to check the progress of your application or if you are unsure about anything please contact us using the enquiry line or enquiry form below.
|Duration||36 weeks (One Year)|
|Campus / Adult Skills Centre||Colchester Campus|
|Start Date||September 2024|
|Applications||Applications for starting in September 2024 open on Wednesday 3rd January 2024|
|Attendance||One day per week (Monday). Lesson times will be confirmed upon application.|
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