Course Overview

This course provides learning experiences which will enable you to develop and practice counselling skills.  It will also increase your knowledge/understanding of such skills and look at counselling theories in more depth. It is specifically designed for those who want to take the next step towards training to become a counsellor (having already acquired some counselling skills), or continue their skills development for voluntary work or employment. This level does not qualify you to be a counsellor.

The course involves experiential elements and learning that will involve some personal disclosure and associated personal development activities.

What you will study

  • Learn more about counselling theory and agency work, and to develop an understanding of what it means to work with listening skills in a professional organisation, working with Codes of Ethics, boundaries, etc.
  • Explore the effects of attitudes and personal value choices brought to the counselling relationship, and particular ways in which this may help or hinder the counselling process.
  • Consider issues relating to valuing diversity within ourselves and work situations, including mental health issues.
  • Increase your knowledge and understanding of Person Centred Counselling theory and process, and discover ways in which the Counsellor can facilitate the counselling process.
  • Further develop your understanding of group tasks, processes and dynamics through participating in a learning group and reflecting on the experience and its influence on personal and professional development.
  • Explore in general terms how research informs the development of counselling theory and counselling practice.


Tutor led material and group discussion. There will be continuous assessment with portfolio production, essays, case study, personal journal and self, peer and tutor assessment.

Entry requirements

  • You must be 19 or over
  • Experience of working with others in any capacity including children
  • Any previous counselling experience or psychology qualifications obtained (but not essential at this level)
  • A telephone or one-to-one interview is required

Attendance options

We offer a number of attendance options for you to choose from so that you can fit your studying around work and other commitments.  These are:

  • 20 days (once a week)
  • 40 mornings (10am to 1pm)
  • 40 evenings (6pm to 9pm)
  • 10 weekends (one per month)

Course Fee: £POA