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 and 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 other 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 and increase your general employability.
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.