Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills & Theory


The Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills & Theory introduces you to the three main theoretical approaches to counselling and shows you what you can expect from working with counselling agencies.

You must have gained a merit or distinction from the Level 2 Award in Introduction to Effective Listening to proceed onto the Level 3.

You may not be accepted on to the course or will be asked to leave it if it becomes apparent after acceptance that you are:

  • Experiencing – without ongoing appropriate professional support – a recent major life crisis such as marital breakdown or a close bereavement.
  • Experiencing moderate to severe mental health problems including, for example, clinical depression, severe anxiety disorders, eating disorders, personality disorders or any form of psychosis.
  • Involved in substance misuse (including alcohol) misuse.

Course Aims

  • To develop a repertoire of counselling skills and attitudes that are consistent.
  • To develop an understanding of ethical and non-discriminatory practice.
  • To develop understanding of one recognised therapeutic model: Client-Centred Therapy/The Person Centred Approach.
  • To increase self-awareness and awareness of the impact that you have on others.

Learning Outcomes

On completion you will be able to:

  • Use competently and effectively a range of non-directive counselling skills and have developed certain attitudes
  • Give and receive constructive feedback
  • Recognise the current BACP Framework for Good Practice in Counselling & Psychotherapy, legislation and the role of supervision in ethical practice
  • Demonstrate a commitment to and understanding of non-discriminatory practice
  • Show a working and theoretical understanding of one approach to counselling, namely, Client-Centred Therapy/The Person-Centred Approach and compare it to two other models
  • Reflect constructively on themselves, their interactions with others and own life experiences. Be able to assess their own personal and professional growth and areas for development
  • Respect other people’s views, attitudes and belief systems and cultures, especially those who are disadvantaged in our society by reason of class, religion, disability, age, gender or sexual orientation

Assessment Methods

  • General Assessment
  • Peer Assessment
  • Tutor Assessment
  • Self-Assessment

Course Criteria

  • 80% attendance (minimum)
  • Portfolio (made up of your assignments)

Final Grade

Pass – A minimum of 80% attendance, punctuality, attitudes, ability to reflect on your personal process and ability to take responsibility for your own learning, as well as your academic ability. Therefore positive attitudes or academic ability alone will not mean you will be awarded a final grade of Merit or Distinction.

Merit – A minimum of 90% attendance; completed all assignments to a good level and demonstrated satisfactory attitudes towards others and their study.

Distinction – A minimum of 90% attendance; completed all assignments to an understanding level and demonstrated excellent attitudes towards others and their study.

Duration: 3o weeks (3 hour tutorial per week)

Price: £550