Adult Courses

Level 1 Award in Counselling Skills – Day and Evening courses (September start)

Course Overview

  • Campuses

    Ardleigh Green Campus
  • Qualification

    Adult Courses
  • Subject

    Therapeutic Counselling
  • Schedule

    Thursday 10am – 12pm or Thursday 6pm-8pm (Day and Evening)
  • Duration

    15 Weeks
  • Course Target


Course Fees

*Many adults pay no or low fees, depending on their circumstances.

Entry requirements

Learners must be at least 16 years old. An interest in Counselling, and adequate written and oral communication skills are required. Learners do not need to be working or undertaking practical placements to take this qualification. Learners need to attend an interview with the programme team.


About this qualification

This qualification prepares learners for further learning and training whilst developing an understanding of Counselling Skills. This Level 1 Award consists of two mandatory units. These are: Introducing Counselling Skills (which, when achieved, is worth three credits); and Using Counselling Skills to Help Others (which is also worth three credits). To achieve the Award, students must produce a portfolio of evidence showing that they have gained the six credits and have covered an introduction to counselling and the development of skills associated with counselling.

The modules cover areas such as:

  • Know the issues for which people seek counselling
  • Understand the skills used by counsellors
  • Be able to demonstrate empathy when using counselling skills
  • Be able to observe boundaries when using counselling skills
  • Recognise and respond appropriately to different emotions displayed
  • Manage own emotions and prejudices so that the person being helped is not adversely affected

This qualification is aimed at a range of learners who would like to develop the basic skills of Counselling.


This qualification will be internally assessed using a range of methods, which could include written assignments or tasks such as presenting information or role-play.


  • 15 weeks
  • Thursdays 10am – 12pm or 6pm-8pm (September intake Ardleigh Green campus)

Further Information

Successful completion of the qualification will allow learners to progress on to the Level 3 Counselling?Skills

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