This qualification is designed to give you the underpinning knowledge, skills and competencies to use counselling skills ethically and safely in a variety of contexts and roles.
It is for those who:
To undertake this qualification, you are required to have first completed the Level 2 Award in Counselling Skills.
You must also be:
- Able to cope with the course content
- Motivated to develop as a helper
- Emotionally stable
- Aware of difference and diversity
- Able to provide a professional reference (unless progressing directly from our Level 2 Award in Counselling Skills)
You will study and develop knowledge, understanding and skills in:
- Using counselling skills ethically and safely
- Establishing and sustaining boundaries (including time, confidentiality and role limitations)
- Working empathetically as a helper
- Focusing on the helpee's needs and concerns
- Using self awareness in helping work (including reflecting on your own personality, your own personal history, and your own patterns of relating to others)
- Using a range of counselling skills (including listening and responding skills, questioning techniques and response timings)
- Using feedback and reflection to enhance counselling skills
You will complete an assignment and your tutor will observe, record and assess your skills in practice scenarios, alongside some peer-assessed and self-reviewed activity. There is also an external assessment which will be marked by the awarding body, CPBAC.
There are no additional costs associated with this course, and no specialist materials are required.
Completion of the Level 2 Certificate can lead to the Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills, which is the next step on the route to becoming a counsellor.
This qualification could lead to employment or enhance employability for those whose role is to support others in areas such as health and social care work, teaching and learning, advocacy and mediation, support and project work, and other helping roles.
It also provides additional skills for those already in employment so is likely to lead to increased opportunities for promotion and advancement.
Taking a Level 3 course in Health and Social Care has left Derby College Student of the Year Lauren Hudson well prepared for a degree in nursing.
High-achieving Lauren, who has just left college with a distinction star, was thinking of studying for A-levels at sixth form but opted instead for the more hands-on course at the Roundhouse.
As part of her course the Matlock teenager also gained valuable practical experience with Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust through the college's Employer Academy initiative.
One of her placements included working as a health care assistant at the Specialist Assessment & Rehabilitation Centre (SpARC) on London Road, where Lauren helped to assess older people who have had a fall.
Lauren really enjoyed her time at Derby College. She said she found the lecturers to be supportive, but at the same they gave students the freedom to learn independently.
She added: "I'm looking forward to going university and I'd definitely recommend the Level 3 in Health and Social Care to anyone thinking of taking a nursing degree."
I'm pleased I took the Health and Social Care course as I think it is more suited to what I'm going to be doing on my nursing degree course at the University of Birmingham. Thanks to Derby College I feel well prepared for starting my degree this September.
For example, my college course included units which are directly related to nursing, such as public health and how to go about finding statistics.
These units are covered in my degree, obviously in much more depth than at college, but the knowledge I already have of them from my level 3 course will be useful.