Adult Courses

Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills (Day)

Course Overview

  • Campuses

    Ardleigh Green Campus
  • Qualification

    Adult Courses
  • Subject

    Therapeutic Counselling
  • Schedule

    Thursday: January Start (Day)
  • Duration

    18 Weeks
  • Course Target


Course Fees

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

Entry requirements

You need to be 18 and above, Level 1 or 2 qualification in Counselling, Grade 4 or above in GCSE English Language. Counselling experience would be an advantage.


The course consists of five mandatory units. The following units are designed to develop your existing experience and understanding and will support you in developing counselling skills and knowledge.

The units are:

  • Developing counselling skills (12 credits)
  • Theoretical approaches in the use of counselling skills (10 credits)
  • Working ethically with counselling skills (6 credits)
  • Counselling skills and diversity (6 credits)
  • Counselling skills and personal development (6 credits)

You’ll identify, practice and develop a range of interpersonal and counselling skills and have an opportunity to understand and evaluate key elements of the main theoretical approaches to counselling. You’ll understand the context within which counselling skills and referral processes can be used whilst maintaining ethical standards and you’ll understand the implications of applying counselling skills in a diverse society. The qualification also provides you with the opportunity to reflect on your personal development and the way in which you interact with others.

This is a Level 3 qualification which provides the necessary pre–requisite to progress to the degree in Integrative Counselling. The course will provide you with an in-depth knowledge of the use of counselling skills in everyday life and work.

It aims to develop your counselling skills, develop your understanding of the different approaches involved in the use of counselling skills and help you appreciate the importance of self-development.

The qualification has been developed in partnership with industry experts in a range of areas and is mapped against relevant National Occupational Standards (NOS) in Counselling, Health and Social Care, Mental Health and the National Health Service Knowledge and Skills Framework. It will provide you with a nationally recognised qualification in Counselling.

  • Assessment Criteria

    You will have one assignment per unit which will be internally assessed. Assessments could include essays, portfolios, reports and worksheets. You will also participate in role-plays to develop counselling skills.

Further Information

Students can progress onto further study, such as the BA in Integrative Counselling degree course. The qualification can also help you to progress to a role in which counselling skills are used. Former students have gone on to careers including Healthcare Support Worker, Mental Health Support Worker, Counsellors and Health Education/Health Promotion Workers.

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