CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling
Part time course
This course can be studied at either Filton or Stroud Campuses
This is an ideal qualification (awarded by CPCAB) for those seeking to enhance their functional role through the use of counselling skills (e.g. nurses, social workers). It will also be useful to those seeking a career change and wishing to develop as professional counsellors and to anyone offering help on a one-to-one basis. It will also be of use to those wishing to consolidate their skills and knowledge in a counselling context.
These issues are addressed and consolidated alongside the development of counselling skills and theory throughout the qualification
This qualification aims to:
• develop candidates’ counselling skills to a safe level of practice
• provide an introduction to essential counselling theory
• raise awareness of professional issues for the developing practitioner
• promote equal opportunity
How will I know how I am doing?
You work will be regularly checked by tutors.
We will observe you using your counselling skills and give you written feedback on your journal and set assignments.
Successful completion of the course will be based upon:
• 80% attendance
• Internally assessed portfolio including:
• Tutor skills assessment
• Case study
• Video self assessment
• Externally assessed assignment
Is previous experience necessary?
The minimum entry is 18 years. Candidates should hold NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills or the equivalent.
How will the course be delivered?
Through a series of taught lectures, learning activities and experiential skills practice.
What will I learn?
The course consists of seven mandatory units:
1. Prepare to work within an ethical framework for counselling
2. Understand the counselling relationship
3. Understand difference and diversity issues to develop empathic understanding
4. Work within a user-centred approach to counselling
5. Use counselling theory to develop self-awareness in counselling practice
6. Understand theories of counselling and mental health
7. Use feedback, reflection and supervision to support counselling studies
What can I do next?
You can apply for the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling which gives you 50% of the credits for the Open University foundation degree in counselling. Further credits can be gained by progressing onto the Level 5 in Psychotherapeutic Counselling and extra OU Units which can be studied at SGS