AIM Counselling Level 3 Certificate

Adult Skills & Training

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Course introduction

This Level 3 qualification provides the knowledge and understanding of the three core theories that underpin the development of counselling skills and reflective practice. It has been designed to develop the skills and knowledge gained at Level 2.

As a learner you will work towards becoming a reflective practitioner of counselling by considering theories of human development, self-awareness, supervision and issues of difference and diversity. You will also improve your understanding of the need for a firm grasp of a coherent theoretical approach to counselling. This is particularly important if are planning to work in a supervised placement or progress to Level 4 Counselling. 

Mandatory units:

  • Developing counselling skills
  • Reflective practice
  • Counselling theory

Course structure

You will be taught using the following methods: 

  • Lecture
  • Discussion
  • Group work
  • Role play

Minimum entry requirements

  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills or equivalent.
  • It is recommended that you are using counselling skills in your current job role. 
  • You will need to be assessed if you have not done Level 2 with the College.
  • A minimum of Level 2 Functional Skills in English or the ability to demonstrate good verbal and written skills. 

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in a variety of ways including:

  • Weekly journal
  • Role-play
  • Essays
  • Exams

Information & support

You will be required to bring an A4 file, paper and pen to each session. You will also need a slim ring file to use as a journal. 

You will be expected to complete private study and homework outside of lessons. 

Course fees & Duration

There is a tuition fee of £811

This Level 3 course is part of the National Skills Fund initiative and is fully funded for eligible learners. Please contact a member of staff for more info.

You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan if you are 19+. For further information see

What can I do with this qualification?

Successful completion could lead to a Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Practice qualification. 

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