Counselling Courses

Start Date
Part Time

This one year course provides a thorough grounding in counselling skills, attitudes and values and their application within a variety of work settings. It is a very practical course which will introduce you to the basic skills of active listening and other helping skills.

  • About the Course

    The course is student centred and participatory in style. It focuses on the interpersonal skills needed to form and sustain a helping relationship. You will develop your ability to communicate with people more effectively and develop more awareness of yourself, others and your interaction with people.

    The course provides an opportunity to:

    • Look at how counselling differs from using counselling skills and other helping strategies
    • Learn how to conduct a mock listening session using counselling skills 
    • Apply good interpersonal skills
    • Learn how to form and sustain an informal helping relationship
    • Develop a greater understanding of yourself and others.

    You will study:

    • Use counselling skills ethically and safely
    • Manage the helping interaction
    • Communicate understanding of diversity
    • Manage an active listening space
    • Use self-awareness in the helping role
    • Use counselling skills coherently
    • Use study skills to help manage learning.
  • Entry Requirements
    You may have minimal experience of counselling in the workplace, however this is not essential. If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it...
  • Progression

    Level 3 CPCAB Intermediate Certificate in Counselling Studies.

  • Assessment Method

    You will be expected to build a portfolio throughout the course. The three methods of internal assessment used throughout the training are review of documents, assessed observation and testimony. This ensures that all aspects of practitioner development are evidenced. These three assessment methods will be used to assess training programme assignments and tasks. Together they will provide the quantity and type of evidence required to satisfy the criteria. Assessments are designed to assess your understanding of the professional framework. Your tutor will review your work informally at regular intervals and will give you feedback on your progress.

    Formal assessment will consist of:

    • A course journal. This will enable you to carry your learning beyond the classroom. It will help you to develop your self-awareness in relation yourself and others.
    • A practical assessment consisting of role play and group discussion.
    • External assessment based on watching a counselling video and exam paper.

How to Apply

Please click the apply now button and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.

Course Info

Courses for Adults 19+

Part Time

Level 2

Location Isleworth

Start Date 16/09/2020

CPCAB Certificate

Michelle Mainwood
L4 Counselling

“As well as studying for my foundation degree in counselling with the Open University, I am a volunteer counsellor at LINK youth counselling service, providing therapy to young people.”

Michelle Mainwood
West Thames College

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