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Counselling Skills CACHE Diploma Level 3 NCFE – UXPPAF08

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If you are interested in learning to listen and find people fascinating, this could be the course for you.
Start Date Thu 9 Sep 2021
Weeks 29
Time 17:30 - 21:15
CampusAireville Campus
Fee £2112 * Exam Fee: £113


‘Listening involves the helper immersing themselves totally in what the client is saying - listening to the words clients are selecting, the tone of voice, their demeanour, facial expression, body language and, importantly, what they are choosing not to say.’ (Westergaard, 2017: 54)

The Counselling Skills Diploma is the gateway to Counselling Training. During the course we will begin to explore the power of focused listening, you will practice and develop the use of counselling skills to enable you to begin to see how counselling works. The course will take you through a brief history of the development of counselling theories and their implications on modern practice. You will also spend time learning about you, your core values, beliefs and experiences.

This is an interesting and stimulating course, it is challenging in terms of the personal development, so it is advised that you are psychologically robust to undertake this course. There are five mandatory units; counselling skills, counselling theory, working ethically, diversity and personal development. The course is either pass or refer, to pass you have to demonstrate competency of all the units to be able to pass. You need to be prepared to work hard, be challenged and most of all enjoy the process of education and development. It is recommended that you allow a day per week for reading, research and writing.

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Entry requirements are:

  • A good level of written and spoken English
  • You must be over 18 to apply for this course, however it is better suited to students who have life experience to draw on
  • You need to have an interview with the course leaders to make sure that you understand the complexities of working with your own psychological development

Please be aware that there is an on-site cafe you can access in the evening so you will need to bring money for snacks.
All work will be produced and marked electronically and of course if face to face teaching changes due to the pandemic, then we will move straight to virtual teaching, but this decision will be led by the DfE and College Senior Managers.


You can progress on to the ABC Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Leeds). This then allows you to practice as a Counsellor.
If you hold a first degree you can progress to University and undertake a PGCE Dip in Therapeutic Counselling (Leeds, Preston, Salford and York). This also gives you the right to practice as a Counsellor.
All of these courses are two-year part-time courses.
From here you can progress to Degrees in Counselling as well as Masters level study or Doctorates.

If you don’t hold a first degree but want to follow a University route, then you would progress to a two-year part-time Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Skills, then on to the HE Dip in Therapeutic Counselling. (total four years part time attendance then qualify).


* You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan, visit Fees and Funding for further information

Part-time courses are term time only. See our term dates for further information.
Did you know that some of our courses are free if you earn less than £17,374.50? Call 01756 693 309 for further information.
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