Course Type / Attendance

Distance Learning

Subject Area

Health and Social Care

Start Date

Starts throughout the year

Course Length

16 weeks


Distance Learning

Course Level


Award to be received

Certificate in Counselling Skills

Regulatory Body


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Who is this course for?

This qualification is useful for anyone who would like to develop their use of counselling skills for use in either work or a personal capacity.

This course does not qualify learners to practice as a counsellor, but is suitable for those who wish to increase their understanding of counselling/listening skills and techniques, in order to engage in helpful interaction appropriately. Learners could use this knowledge to complement an existing role, or as a basis for continued study to attain a qualification in this sector.


What do you need to apply for the course?

There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification. However, learners may find it helpful if they’ve already achieved a Level 1 qualification. An understanding of counselling would be an advantage.

What are the key things you'll learn?

This course is split into four manageable units:

Unit 1: Using counselling skills – In this unit, learners will need to identify, and practice, a range of skills used when participating in a counselling skills interaction. There are two options for completion of this interaction.

1/ A face to face observation with a ‘client’ you know (anyone willing is fine), with the observation being carried out either by someone you know with a listening or counselling background (any level is fine)


2/ Upload of a video of an example of a counselling skills interaction for observation and assessment by one of our college tutors.

Unit 2: Introduction to counselling skills theories – In this unit learners will be introduced to the key elements of the main theoretical approaches to counselling.

Unit 3: Diversity and ethics in the use of counselling skills – In this unit, learners will be introduced to the concepts of diversity and ethics and their importance in the use of counselling skills

Unit 4: Counselling skills and personal development – In this unit learners will have an opportunity to reflect on their personal and future development and identify potential sources of support.

How you will learn

Studying via distance learning offers a choice of how/where learners study:

  • Paper-based workbook and assessments
  • Paper-based workbooks with online assessments

Learners will be allocated a study pack/log in and have a personal tutor who can be contacted throughout the course.

Learners will be required to work through a series of tasks and activities designed to reinforce the learning process and demonstrate knowledge.

Where could this course take you?

The purpose of this qualification is to support progression to further learning, for example, other distance learning provision:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Information, Advice or Guidance
  • Level 2 Certificate in Dementia Awareness
  • Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness
  • Level 2 Certificate in Nutrition and Health
  • Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities
  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Dignity and Safeguarding in Adult Health and Social Care
  • Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of End of Life Care

This qualification does not qualify learners to practice as a counsellor; however, it can support progression within employment for the following job roles and workers due to the transferable nature of counselling skills:

  • Support Worker (Supported Living)
  • Healthcare Support Service Worker
  • Clinical Healthcare Support Worker
  • Healthcare Assistant
  • Mental Health Support Worker
  • Mental Health Outreach Worker
  • Substance Misuse Worker
  • Information, Advice and Guidance Worker
  • Health Education/Health Promotion Worker
  • Care Assistants/Support Workers/Key Workers in residential settings
  • Healthcare Assistants/Support Workers in community and primary care environments
  • Healthcare Assistants/Support Workers in acute health environments
  • Care Assistants/Support Workers/Key Workers in domiciliary services
  • Care Assistants/Support Workers/Key Workers in day services

· Personal Assistants employed directly by the individual they support or their families.

What costs will you incur?