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Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills


This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

This programme is ideal for anyone whose work involves the use of counselling skills (i.e. the caring roles within voluntary, statutory and private sectors) and to those wishing to train towards a career in counselling.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The programme will start in September and will take up to one year to complete. You will attend College on a Wednesday or Thursday evening, from 6.00pm - 9.00pm.

This course takes place at St Helens College, Town Centre Campus, St Helens, WA10 1PP.

What will I study?

To achieve this qualification, the following units will be completed:

  • Understanding the context for the use of counselling skills
  • Understanding counselling theory
  • Using counselling skills
  • Personal development for users of counselling skills.

How is it assessed?

Assessment is by internal assessment and internal and external moderation. A counselling skills practice assessment will be undertaken by the tutor.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

Students will have completed the level 2 Certificate in Counselling Concepts or equivalent. Before places are offered, applicants will be interviewed to determine their suitability to undertake this training.

What are the course fees?

More information on course fees will be provided upon application. For further details, please visit our dedicated Adult Financial support page.

If you are aged 19 or over, you could also choose to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees enabling you to study now, pay later. Loan eligibility isn't dependent on income or employment status and there is no credit check. Loan repayments don't start until you have finished your course and earn over £27,295 per year. For more information, please visit our dedicated Advanced Learner Loan page.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Upon successful completion of this course, you may choose to use this to progress in your career on to the next level of training in counselling skills.

I'm interested in this course, what should I do next?

If you would like to submit an application to study this course, simply fill in our online form here.

However, if you still have questions in relation to this course and wish to receive further information, please submit your enquiry here.

Ref: Julia Barker/Karen Talent