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Years: 1

Weeks: 6

Hours: 2.00

Start: Various Dates (Please press the Book Now Button to View Dates)

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Tuition (£): 75.00*

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Course Summary

Do you have an interest in counselling practices and want to develop a greater awareness, whether that be for professional or personal purposes?

Perhaps you have a career within an advisory role and would like to learn how to enhance your skills adopting approaches used in counselling?

If so, this introductory course will help you begin to understand those basic counselling skills, all within a safe and constructive learning environment.

Entry requirements

You need to be aged 19+. There are no formal entry requirements - you should just have a genuine interest in finding out what counselling is all about.

Course Content


You will explore topics such as difference and diversity, understanding and accepting, confidentiality and boundaries, what is and isn’t counselling, ethics, effective listening and responding, and non-verbal communication.


How will I be assessed?

There is no formal assessment, but you will get the opportunity to complete a personal journal documenting your progress and development of self-awareness.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You just need pen and paper or a laptop.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

Once you have completed this introduction and if you wish to take your counselling knowledge further, you can apply to join the Level 2 Award in Introduction to Counselling Skills.


This introductory course may enhance your skills in an existing 'people related' role, and further study can help you progress towards a career in counselling.


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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

Lauren Hudson

Lauren Hudson

Derby College Student of the Year prepares to start nursing degree

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.

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