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CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies


Health and Social Care

Study Mode

Part time

Start Date



30 weeks



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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.

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.

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.

Entry Requirements

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

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?

Successful students will be awarded the Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies awarded by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) and can apply for further counselling training at Diploma level. Progression is not automatic but is based on an individual discussion of readiness to undertake the deeper and more demanding level of training. More information is on the CPCAB website at

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