Counselling Level 3 Certificate
Part Time - September 2018
Tuition fee is £1,532.
You may be eligible to apply for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan. Please see the page on our website https://www.brock.ac.uk/adult-skills-training/advanced-learner-loan/ for further information and also have a look at www.gov.uk/advanced-learning-loans to find out about the financial support for tuition costs.
The Level 3 Certificate in Counselling provides knowledge and understanding of the three core theories to underpin the development of counselling skills and reflective practice.
This qualification builds on and develops the skills and knowledge gained at Level 2. It enables students to work towards becoming a reflective practitioner of counselling by considering theories of human development, self-awareness, supervision and issues of difference and diversity. It also provides knowledge and understanding of the three main core theories and theorists that underpin counselling and addresses the nature of psychological problems and how they may be approached. The specialist skills and knowledge gained in this qualification will be applicable in a range of working contexts. It will enable students to understand the need for a firm grasp of a coherent theoretical approach to counselling or supporting others. This is particularly important prior to starting work in a supervised placement if the student progresses to Level 4.
There are three Mandatory Units:
Developing Counselling skills: The purpose of this unit is primarily to consolidate previous learning. It enables candidates to progress to Level 4 training to commence work with their own clients in a supervised placement. It is also intended to be valuable for those seeking to incorporate counselling skills in related work contexts.
Towards reflective practice: this unit will enable candidates to work towards becoming reflective practitioners of counselling by considering theories of human development, self-awareness, supervision and issues of difference and diversity. This will prepare them for work in a supervised placement.
Counselling theory: This unit will provide candidates with knowledge and understanding of the three main approaches and theorists that underpin most counselling practice. It will enable them to embark on evaluating the strengths and limitations of the main approaches. It will enable them to understand the needs for a firm grasp of a coherent theoretical approach to counselling prior to starting work in a supervised placement.
You will be taught through a range of methods including lecture, discussion, group work and role play. You will be expected to undertake substantial additional private study.
Minimum entry requirements
Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills or equivalent.
The Level 3 Certificate is useful for those using counselling skills in their work or aiming for professional status.
An informal interview will assess the candidate's initial suitability for counselling as a profession, commitment to personal development and respect for the privacy of others within a context of confidentiality that exists on counselling courses.
Candidates must be aware of the high degree of ethics required within environments where counselling training takes place. They should be at Level 2 functional skills in English or be able to demonstrate good writing skills in order to produce written work of the required standard.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed in a variety of ways: Weekly journal, role-play, essay and exam.
Information & support
Students should bring an A4 file, paper and pen to each session. A slim ring-back file is needed for the Journal.
Students must expect to devote considerable time each week to private study and homework.
Please let our staff know if you need any additional support or reasonable adjustments - we will do all we can to help. We can also tailor learning materials to suit particular needs.
Experienced and competent staff at our adult learning centres can help you decide on your course and progression options. If you feel you would benefit from more in depth careers advice please contact: The National Careers Service - Call 0800 100 900 Lines are open 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week or https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk. Practical help and advice is also provided to assist students with any kind of disability or individual need, including people for whom English is not their first language. Please contact our centre staff to discuss your needs prior to starting your course.
What can I do with this qualification?
Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Practice