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CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies

Key course information

Health and Social Care

05/11/2020

30 weeks

Part time

811.00

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Course Overview


Are you interested in a career in counselling? If you’re looking to understand the ethical considerations of helping others, this course is for you. The course will help you develop your understanding of counselling theories and the nature of counselling as a professional activity. This may enhance existing work or activities for some, whilst for others it may be the next step in training towards professional status as a counsellor. The aim of the course is to provide an overview of counselling in an agency, to introduce you to a range of counselling theories, and to provide some theoretical and professional perspectives on why counsellors do what they do.


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student sat down reading and scrolling through notes

What will I learn?


A range of theoretical ideas will be introduced, including humanistic, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural and transpersonal models or maps of human needs, motivations and behaviours. The nature of relating itself will be a part of this, as will the nature of the counselling process. Other material will be concerned with the need for ethical considerations to be at the heart of counselling.

Entry Requirements


Before applying for this course, you must have successfully completed the Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 2 (CPCAB) or equivalent.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications


The course takes place over 15 weeks, one full day per week.

The emphasis on self-exploration continues following the level 2 and you should consider whether you feel ready and sufficiently supported for this.

A range of methods will be used to assess you, including a weekly journal, assignments on aspects of counselling, and feedback on skills work.

External assessment involves candidates watching a DVD of a counselling session and completing a written paper on the session.

You should allow time for home study, including keeping a weekly learning journal, reading, and researching and writing assignments. We suggest you allow at least 4-6 hours a week for this.

Additional Costs and Information


Students are required to undertake five weeks of personal counselling/therapy. This cost is not included in the course fees. This qualification is not suitable for those who are currently in a state of severe emotional difficulty and/or severe psychological confusion. Please note that counselling courses include personal development activities that involve you talking about some of your personal experience in the group. For this reason we advise people in close relationship not to attend the same training group. (If you need further guidance on this, please ask to speak to a tutor). An interview is required for this course.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Health and Social Care


Career Opportunities

  • Occupational Therapist
  • Community Outreach Worker
  • Healthcare Assistant

  • Care Worker
  • Adult Nurse
  • Youth Worker

  • Social Worker

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