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Qualification type: Certificate
Level: Level 2
Awarding body CPCAB
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date Wednesday 19th September 2018; 4.30pm
Duration 18 Weeks
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Part time

Course overview

This course allows you to learn advanced counselling skills to help and support others either in a voluntary or employed capacity. It will not teach you to be a counsellor, but it will give you useful skills which can be applied in a variety of roles and may help you decide whether or not you want to train as a counsellor.

Course costs

Costs shown are per course







This course could be free depending on your personal circumstances. Please contact the college on 01325 503030 for further information about assistance with course fees.

Registration Fees: £158

Entry requirements

It is important to note that you must be 18 years of age to study this programme.

In order to complete this course successfully it is important that you have ability in literacy and IT skills as some work will need to be completed using the internet and emailed to your tutor. You can have access to computers and an email account once enrolled onto your course, however it is essential to have access from home.

This qualification is not suitable for those who are currently in a state of severe emotional difficulty and/or severe psychological confusion.  All potential candidates need to be made aware of the nature of the course, and in particular that the course involves experiential elements that will involve some personal disclosure and associated personal developmental activities.

Candidates must be able to:

  • Cope with course content
  • Translate intra-personal experience into language
  • Benefit from self-development
  • Be motivated towards developing as a helper
  • Be emotionally stable
  • Identify reasons for training beyond just personal development
  • Provide references
  • Have awareness of difference and diversity
How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please click the apply button and complete the online application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or would like further information and support please contact us on 01325 503030.

Studying and learning

You will explore a variety of topics related to helping and the effective use of counselling skills using the CPCAB (Counselling and Psychotherapy Central awarding Body) Model. This includes an element of self-discovery as well as the more practical aspects of this type of listening.

The seven units covered in the model are:

  • Use counselling skills ethically and safely
  • Establish and sustain boundaries of the helping role
  • Work empathically as a helper
  • Focus on the helper's needs and concerns
  • Use of self-awareness in the helping world
  • Use a range of counselling skills to facilitate the helping interaction
  • Use feedback and reflection to enhance counselling skills

You will learn in many different ways including a small research project, group work, self-review, assignment writing, journal keeping, tutorials and also practical sessions putting your listening skills into action. There will be other pieces of work to produce throughout the course and you will be given support and guidance to complete them. Homework will be 3 hours (approx.) per week to complete journal and assignments.

How will I be assessed

You will be assessed continually throughout the course in the form of self, peer and tutor feedback. You will be required to build a portfolio of evidence. Once your portfolio is completed and submitted at the end of the course, it will be assessed by the tutor. For the external assessment, you will watch a short DVD of counselling a client and then complete a written candidate feedback paper. In total the assessment will take approximately 2 hours, which will include reading time, watching the DVD twice and time to answer the questions.

What next

Progression to Level 3 Counselling.

Information, advice and support

Darlington College offers a wide range of support including careers guidance, financial assistance, additional learning support, childcare and many more. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Student Services Team on 01325 503030 and they will direct your call to the appropriate college support team.

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

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