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30 Weeks
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Health & Social Care

It is clear that the UK’s health and social care system is lacking and with an increasingly ageing population, there is a significant demand for more people to enter the industry. In fact, around two million new workers will need to be trained and recruited by 2022.

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Course Overview

The course aims to provide an opportunity for students to explore counselling theory, acquire basic counselling skills and develop reflective skills on their use of basic counselling skills. The course is intended for people wishing to further their counselling training and personal development and people wishing to develop/enhance the use of counselling skills in present work roles.

Learners must complete all 5 mandatory units to achieve 40 credits.

The Units are:
- Developing Counselling Skills
- Theoretical approaches in the use of counselling skills
- Counselling skills and diversity
- Working ethically with counselling skills
- Counselling skills and personal development

All units within this qualification are internally assessed. The qualifications are criterion referenced based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes. A learning log will be produced and a variety of assignment tasks will be set by your tutor to guide you through the qualification.

Entry Requirements

Candidates need to have successfully completed a level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills and you may be asked to gain a reference from their tutor on that course.

All students interested in this course should contact the course tutor, Jamie McDowell, prior to enrolment:


After Your Course

- Enhancement of interpersonal skills within current occupational role, pre requisite for further counselling training.
- Progression to foundation degree in Counselling.
- Progression to FdSc in Counselling is dependent upon successful completion of level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills, the outcome of an interview process and suitable references.



Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time ones. The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2020/21 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2021/22 will be updated in the Spring Term 2021. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.

This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:

  • Aged 16-18 on 31/08/20
  • Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
  • Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
  • Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
  • Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course

Level 3-6 Courses for Adults

Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19+ and studying an eligible Level 3/4/5 and 6 Course. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.

Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.