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.
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.