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Diploma in Counselling Skills – Level 3

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Courses Code
QD3HSCO
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Part Time
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  • Is this course for you?

    This course is for those who have already acquired counselling skills level 2 and want to take the next step in training to become a counsellor.

    This dynamic and thought provoking course is for learners interested in using counselling skills as part of their work role and those looking to become a professional counsellor.

    You will gain a deeper insight into the three main theoretical approaches to counselling, as well as a more in-depth knowledge of the use of counselling skills in everyday life and work.

    This course will give you the knowledge and skills to effectively carry out vital elements of counselling work.

    It will not qualify you to practise as a professional counsellor, but it will develop your therapeutic skills and prepare you for training at a higher level.

  • Required qualifications

    Level 2 qualification in counselling or equivalent.

    Good level of maths and English .

    Learners should be 19 to start the qualification.

  • What skills will I develop?
    • A solid understanding of counselling skills and theories
    • A clear understanding of ethical practice
    • A deeper self-awareness and an improved self-confidence when using counselling skills
    • A valued qualification for many careers paths where interpersonal communication skills are paramount

    Learners are required to successfully complete 5 mandatory units:

    Unit 01: Developing counselling skills

    Unit 02: Theoretical approaches in the use of counselling skills

    Unit 03: Working ethically with counselling skills

    Unit 04: Counselling skills and diversity

    Unit 05: Counselling skills and personal development

  • Careers

    Once you gain your level 3 qualification, you can progress to:

    • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
    • Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Advice and Guidance
    • Foundation Degrees in Counselling

    This qualification does not qualify you to practice as a counsellor. However, it can support your career progression in a number of roles including:

    • Support worker (health care, social work)
    • Mental health support worker
    • Information, advice and guidance worker
    • Health education/health promotion worker
    • Support services
    • Mentoring
    • Youth work
    • Counselling
    • Citizens advice
    • Career advisors
  • Work experience

    You’re in class counselling skills role plays will be your work experiences as you regularly practice counselling skills with your peers.

  • English and maths

    Learners will need to have a good level of English and maths basic skills as you will be writing weekly self-reflective journals and completing written assignments.

  • Other important information

    You will have Weekly tasks to complete to pass the course (this will include weekly journals, essays, research activities, short presentations, observer feedback and tutor assessments).

  • Is this course for you?

    This course is for those who have already acquired counselling skills level 2 and want to take the next step in training to become a counsellor.

    This dynamic and thought provoking course is for learners interested in using counselling skills as part of their work role and those looking to become a professional counsellor.

    You will gain a deeper insight into the three main theoretical approaches to counselling, as well as a more in-depth knowledge of the use of counselling skills in everyday life and work.

    This course will give you the knowledge and skills to effectively carry out vital elements of counselling work.

    It will not qualify you to practise as a professional counsellor, but it will develop your therapeutic skills and prepare you for training at a higher level.

  • Required qualifications

    Level 2 qualification in counselling or equivalent.

    Good level of maths and English .

    Learners should be 19 to start the qualification.

  • What skills will I develop?

    • A solid understanding of counselling skills and theories
    • A clear understanding of ethical practice
    • A deeper self-awareness and an improved self-confidence when using counselling skills
    • A valued qualification for many careers paths where interpersonal communication skills are paramount

    Learners are required to successfully complete 5 mandatory units:

    Unit 01: Developing counselling skills

    Unit 02: Theoretical approaches in the use of counselling skills

    Unit 03: Working ethically with counselling skills

    Unit 04: Counselling skills and diversity

    Unit 05: Counselling skills and personal development

  • Careers

    Once you gain your level 3 qualification, you can progress to:

    • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
    • Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Advice and Guidance
    • Foundation Degrees in Counselling

    This qualification does not qualify you to practice as a counsellor. However, it can support your career progression in a number of roles including:

    • Support worker (health care, social work)
    • Mental health support worker
    • Information, advice and guidance worker
    • Health education/health promotion worker
    • Support services
    • Mentoring
    • Youth work
    • Counselling
    • Citizens advice
    • Career advisors
  • Work experience

    You’re in class counselling skills role plays will be your work experiences as you regularly practice counselling skills with your peers.

  • English and maths

    Learners will need to have a good level of English and maths basic skills as you will be writing weekly self-reflective journals and completing written assignments.

  • Other important information

    You will have Weekly tasks to complete to pass the course (this will include weekly journals, essays, research activities, short presentations, observer feedback and tutor assessments).

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