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Counselling Skills and Theory NCFE CACHE Award Level 3

What can this course lead to?

Successful completion of this course will allow you to progress to the Diploma in CBT Therapeutic Counselling Level 5 or the Diploma in Person Centred Therapeutic Counselling Level 5 at University Centre Peterborough.

Upon successful completion of this qualification you could also progress to:

  • Level 3 qualifications in Workplace Mentoring
  • Level 3 and 4 qualifications in Advice and Guidance

Progression to Higher Level Studies

This qualification aims to provide you with a number of progression options, including higher level studies at university or FE colleges. The skills required to progress to higher academic studies are different from those required at Levels 1 and 2, but Level 3 qualifications enable the development of these skills. Although there is no single definition of higher level learning skills, they include:

  • checking and testing information
  • supporting your points with evidence
  • self-directed study
  • self-motivation
  • thinking for yourself
  • analysing and synthesising information/materials
  • critical thinking and problem solving
  • working collaboratively
  • reflecting upon learning and identifying improvements

Level 3 criteria can require you to analyse, draw conclusions, interpret or justify, which are all examples of higher level skills. This means that evidence provided for the portfolio will also demonstrate the development and use of higher level learning skills.

Who is it for?

The aim of this course is to provide various opportunities to enhance your current counselling skills and help you build new ones. The course delivery is very interactive and uses innovative up-to-date practices to enable you to do this.

Session Type:

  • Day Session (1.30pm to 4.30pm)
  • Evening Session (5.30pm to 8:30pm)

Start Date: Specific course dates are to be confirmed and are subject to sufficient numbers.

What is covered?

  • Unit 01 Devel­op­ing and prac­tis­ing coun­selling skills
  • Unit 02 Under­stand­ing dif­fer­ent approach­es to the use of coun­selling skills
  • Unit 03 Work­ing eth­i­cal­ly in help­ing rela­tion­ships
  • Unit 04 Under­stand­ing the impor­tance of self-devel­op­ment in rela­tion to help­ing others.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

You will require a pass in the Level 2 Couselling Skills Certificate to apply for this course. This must have been completed face to face in a classroom

We cannot accept certificates completed online as it is essential that all applicants possess the skills practice undertaken in a classroom setting. Online Level 2 courses do not provide the practical skills and are therefore not considered suitable to enable progression onto the Level 3.

Course Code



3 hours per week for 28 weeks.



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