This qualification is intended for people who want to:
No previous training or experience is required to undertake this qualification. However, applicants are asked to consider the sensitive nature of the course and the 'experiential elements' that will involve some personal disclosure - and review their emotional readiness for this.
You will study and practice:
- How to work within the limitations of the helping role (and how this differs from counselling, coaching and friendship)
- How to establish boundaries for helping
- How to communicate empathetic understanding
- Focusing on the helpee's agenda and needs
- The importance of self awareness and the impact of personality
- Using effective listening and responding skills (including non-verbal communication, paraphrasing, posture, and open and closed questions)
- Using review, reflection and feedback to develop initial counselling skills.
You will build a portfolio of evidence of your knowledge and understanding. Your tutor will assess your skills in practice scenarios, alongside some peer-assessed and self-reviewed activity.
Other than the course fees, there are no costs associated with this course.
No specialist equipment is required.
On completion of the Level 2 Award, you can progress straight to the Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills to start your first level of training as a professional counsellor.
This qualification does not lead directly to an employed role. However, it could enhance an existing voluntary or paid role or increase your general employability.
Teenager Lewis Morrell is aiming to become the third generation of his family to go into nursing.
But disappointing school GCSE exam results meant he had to have a rethink and plot a new route on the road to his career.
Looking for suitable courses, Lewis attended a College open event and was impressed with both what was on offer and the friendliness of the staff.
Eighteen-year-old Lewis described Derby College as "a lifeline" which has helped to give him confidence and a mind-set that he can achieve his goals.
A hospital work placement, run through the college's Employer Academy programme, has directly helped him land a health care assistant apprenticeship at the Royal Derby Hospital.
And Lewis has also completed Health and Social Care and English Functional Skills at Level 2, with a double pass and a merit. He is waiting for his GCSE English and CGSE Science results.
Lewis's dad is a children's nurse and his grandad worked in nursing and midwifery. He now manages a doctors' practice in Australia.
Knowing Lewis's skillset and temperament, they said that getting into health care would be "the best thing he ever did". He was inspired by them
I was a bit down about my English and Science results from school, because I needed those for nursing. Once I've got them I'll be able to get on further, so college was a lifeline.
It supported me through the first year and they pushed me. It's given me confidence. Rather than thinking 'maybe I can't do this', it helped me think 'yes, I can actually do this.'
It was very supportive through all of my time and I'm proud to have been accepted for the apprenticeship.
I'd say to anybody who didn't quite get the exams they want: go to
College, go to every lesson, stick with it and eventually it'll all click.
It's a four year apprenticeship. I want to go on to university and get my nursing degree and then get into children's nursing eventually.