CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (RQF) - September 2023 Start

Entry Requirements

It is important to note that you must be 19 years of age to study this programme.

You should also have studied an appropriate Level 2 Counselling course or equivalent credit, or have relevant experience and skills.

An online Level 2 Counselling course does not give you progression onto this Level 3 course.

In order to complete this course successfully it is important that you have ability in literacy and IT skills as some work will need to be completed using the internet and emailed to your tutor. You can have access to computers and an email account once enrolled onto your course, however it is essential to have access from home.

You will be required to attend an interview at the college.

This qualification is not suitable for those who are currently in a state of severe emotional difficulty and/or severe psychological confusion. All potential candidates need to be made aware of the nature of the course, and in particular that the course involves experiential elements that will involve some personal disclosure and associated personal developmental activities.

Candidates must be able to:

Translate intra-personal experience into language

Benefit from self-development

Be emotionally stable

Evidence personal insight

Form a counselling relationship

Have awareness of difference and diversity

Cope with course content

Identify reasons for training beyond just personal development

Be motivated towards developing as a counselling practitioner

Provide references

The tutor will contact applicants prior to the course to arrange an interview.

What's Involved

You will continue to explore a variety of topics related to helping and the effective use of counselling skills using the CPCAB (Counselling and Psychotherapy Central awarding Body) Model. This includes a continuation of self-discovery as well as the more practical aspects of this type of listening.

The seven units covered in the model are:

> Prepare to work within an ethical framework for counselling

> Understand the counselling relationship

> Understand difference and diversity issues to develop empathic understanding

> Work within a user-centred approach to counselling

> Use counselling theory to develop self-awareness in counselling practice

> Understand theories of counselling and mental health

> Use feedback, reflection and supervision to support counselling studies

You will learn in many different ways including a small research project, group work, self-review, assignment writing, journal keeping, tutorials and also practical sessions putting your listening skills into action. There will be other pieces of work to produce throughout the course and you will be given support and guidance to complete them. Homework will be 3 hours (approx.) per week to complete a journal and assignments.

Course Assessment Method

You will be assessed continually throughout the course in the form of self, peer and tutor feedback. You will be required to build a portfolio of evidence. Once your portfolio is completed and submitted at the end of the course, it will be assessed by the tutor. For the external assessment, you will watch a short DVD of counselling a client and then complete a written candidate feedback paper. In total the assessment will take approximately 2 hours, which will include reading time, watching the DVD twice and time to answer the questions.

What's Next

Candidates that are successful could progress onto the FdA Counselling Degree.

What if I Need Support

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

What does it Cost?

Course costs

Costs shown are per course

> 16-18 - £N/A

> 19-23 - £811.00 (excluding £176 registration fee)

> 24+ - £811.00 (excluding £176 registration fee)

This course could be free depending on your personal circumstances. Please contact the college on 01325 503030 for further information about assistance with course fees.

Registration Fees: £176

Course Information
Qualification Type: Certificate in Counselling Studies (RQF)
Level: Level 3
Academic Year: 23/24
Start Date: September 2023

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