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Qualification type: Certificate
Level: Level 3
Awarding body CPCAB
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date Wednesday 28th February 2019; 4.30pm -9pm
Duration 18 Weeks
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Part time

Course overview

This qualification is for you if you have already acquired some counselling skills and now want to continue your training. Although this course will not train you to be a counsellor, it will prepare you for training as a counsellor in an agency setting. The course can be used as a progression route onto a foundation degree in counselling. You must be over 19 to study this course.

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: £161

Entry requirements

It is important to note that you must be 19 years of age to study this programme.

You should also have studied an appropriate Level 2 Counselling course or equivalent credit, or have relevant experience and skills.

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.

You will be required to attend an interview at the college.

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:

  • Translate intra-personal experience into language
  • Benefit from self-development
  • Be emotionally stable
  • Evidence personal insight
  • Form a counselling relationship
  • Have awareness of difference and diversity
  • Cope with course content
  • Identify reasons for training beyond just personal development
  • Be motivated towards developing as a counselling practitioner
  • Provide references

The tutor will contact applicants in January 2017


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 continue to 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 a continuation of self-discovery as well as the more practical aspects of this type of listening.

The seven units covered in the model are:

  • Prepare to work within an ethical framework for counselling
  • Understand the counselling relationship
  • Understand difference and diversity issues to develop empathic understanding
  • Work within a user-centred approach to counselling
  • Use counselling theory to develop self-awareness in counselling practice
  • Understand theories of counselling and mental health
  • Use feedback, reflection and supervision to support counselling studies

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 a 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.

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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