You will develop an understanding of the importance of using counselling skills ethically and within the BACP ethical framework. You will also learn the theory behind the person-centred approach and develop self-awareness.
You will study four units:
- Understanding the context for the use of counselling skills
- You will deepen your understanding of the significant differences between a person who uses counselling skills in another occupation and a fully trained and qualified counsellor. You will explore key legal and ethical issues based on an ethical framework for counselling and psychotherapy in a multi-cultural and diverse society. The need for and the importance of casework supervision will be highlighted.
- Understanding counselling theory
- You will study one major therapeutic model of counselling in depth to empower you to reflect constructively on its value and use when working with people. You will also reflect on two other therapeutic models of counselling to raise awareness of other models.
- Using counselling skills
- Through practice, you will explore a range of skills used within the counselling profession. Additionally you will understand that sessions in which counselling skills are used are professionally managed activities with a start, middle and end. Cultural differences are recognised, acknowledged and worked with.
- Personal development for users of counselling skills
- You will reflect on how the study of counselling theory, the use of counselling skills and feedback received can inform personal development and growth, in particular your understanding of self.
You will need to complete the Counselling Concepts level 2 course or equivalent, complete an application form and attend a group selection session.
You will also need to have at least a level 2 or GCSE grade C/4 qualification in English Language.
Please note: Due to high demand, places will be offered after assessment at the interview session. If you are unable to attend the session, we may not be able to reschedule your appointment due to limited spaces.
If we are unable to reschedule your appointment, you will be contacted and informed. You may have to wait for the next available start date.
Please bring the following to with you to your interview:
- Samples of your counselling academic work
- Qualifications – Please bring evidence of your qualficiations to interview. You require a minimum of a Counselling Concepts Level 2 or equivalent. You also require a minimum of a GCSE grade 4/C in English Language or equivalent.
- References (if not submitted before interview)
 If you have completed a qualification which includes counselling theories, for example an A level or degree in Psychology and you have some experience of using counselling skills in a paid or voluntary role. You need to evidence this to start directly on the Counselling Level 3 course.
The course involves compiling a portfolio of evidence that shows achievement of all the learning outcomes and assessment criteria.
You may progress on to the Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Level 4 course based on meeting the following requirements which will be assessed as part of the interview/selection process: completion of the level 3 qualification including meeting the academic requirements, attendance, deadlines, commitment, self-development and working in a voluntary or paid capacity to practice and develop counselling skills.
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling level 4.
Fees & Funding
- Tuition fee: approximately £740,
- Exam fee: £71
- Total cost: £811
For more information, see the financial support pages of this website.
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