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Counselling Skills and Theory NCFE CACHE Award Level 3

Course overview

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Counselling Skills and Theory is a level 3 qualification which provides a framework of education and training for those who wish to progress to higher level counselling qualifications. It gives you an opportunity to achieve a nationally-recognised, Level 3, vocationally-specific qualification. 

It is also an opportunity for those working as helpers in environments using counselling skills, who may not be intending to gain accreditation and practise as counsellors, to gain a qualification that develops their counselling skills and knowledge in a wider context. Throughout the course you will develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life. 

This qualification aims to:

  • Introduce you to the use of counselling skills in everyday life and work and some of the approaches underpinning the use of these skills.

The objectives of this qualification are to help you to:

  • Progress to similar qualifications at a higher level
  • Progress to a role in which counselling skills are used

This qualification is ideal for those seeking to enhance their role through the use of counselling skills. You will gain an understanding of a range of counselling skills and have the opportunity to examine some of the various schools of thought/​theoretical models associated with them through interactive practical exercises.

This qualification does not qualify learners to practice as a counsellor.

 

What Does The Programme Include

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.

Start Date: Thursday 17 September 2020

Day: Thursdays

Times: 1pm to 4pm or 5.30pm to 8.30pm

Entry Requirements

You will require the Counselling Skills Certificate Level 2 to apply for this course. 

How The Course Will Be Assessed

You will create portfolios that will be internally and externally assessed. These comprise a combination of practical work, work sheets and essays. You will be supported throughout the programme to enable you to do these.

Fees, Finance & Funding

£504

Additional Information

This Level 3 course does not qualify you to practice as a Counsellor. However, people on this course have developed their careers in:

  • Customer Service Roles
  • Advice and Guidance
  • Mentoring
  • Health and Social Care
  • Team Leading

Potential Future Career

Successful completion of this course will allow you to progress to the Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Edexcel Level 5 course.

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.

Course Content

Unit 1 – Developing and practising counselling skills

Unit 2 – Understanding different approaches to the use of counselling skills

Unit 3 — Working ethically with counselling skills

Unit 4 — Working ethically in helping relationships

Unit 5 — Understanding the importance of self-development in relation to helping others

 

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