Counselling Skills – Level 3

Diploma in Counselling Skills – Level 3 (part-time)

Counselling is a type of talking therapy that allows a person to talk about their problems and feelings in a confidential and dependable environment. A counsellor is trained to listen with empathy and can help people to deal with negative thoughts and feelings. Talking therapies such as counselling can be used to help with many different conditions including anxiety, depression, drug misuse and eating disorders. In the role of a counsellor you assist the person to gain a better understanding of feelings and thought processes and identify ways of them to find their own solutions to problems. This qualification has been designed to provide an in-depth knowledge and competence of the counselling skills that can be used in everyday life. You will gain an understanding of a range of counselling skills and have the opportunity to examine some of the various schools of thought and theoretical models associated with them.

Why should I study this qualification?

This qualification is ideal for those seeking to enhance their functional role through the use of counselling skills. This qualification does not qualify you to practice as a counsellor but enables you to work towards becoming a reflective practitioner of counselling. It will also help you appreciate the importance of self-development. The therapeutic value of counselling is increasingly recognised, with practitioners employed in private practice and in settings such as education health and social care services and advisory organisations.

Course structure and content

Attendance is 2-hours a week for 23-25 weeks and you will study the following units:

  • 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

With guidance from your tutor you will take part in a range of activities in a classroom environment.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by your tutor on specific written and practical tasks and you will compile a portfolio of evidence. This will include all the work you have completed and it must be submitted on completion in order to achieve the qualification. You must bring a pen, writing paper and a ring binder file to lessons.

Course commitment

In addition to attending a 2-hour session each week you should allow 4-5 hours a week for further study. It is essential that you aim to achieve 100% attendance in order to cover the specific course criteria.

Entry requirements

You will need to hold a Level 2 qualification in Counselling Skills or a related subject. You do not need a work placement or to be working in a counselling environment to study this qualification. On starting the course you will complete initial assessments in literacy and numeracy and you will be required to achieve a Level 1 in English to be able to study this qualification. A positive attitude to work and learning is essential as well as the ability to use your initiative and manage your study time.


On successfully achieving this qualification you may have the opportunity to progress to a Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills. You must have an excellent attendance record to progress.

Course fee

The fee for this course is TBC.

All Level 3 courses are funded through Advanced Learner Loans. For further details please follow the link below or contact Samantha France Tel: 01287 280250.

Please note that to enrol on this course you will need your N.I Number and a form of I.D (passport, driving license, birth certificate or utility bill).

For further information and guidance please call us on 01287 280250.