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Counselling — Level 3 Certificate

Health and Social Care

Course ID: 163518

Course Year: 21/22

Course Details

  • ABC Level 3 Certificate.
  • Work independently and develop your own personal growth.
  • Perfect for students who wish to pursue a career in counselling, or enhance their skills for their current employment.
  • 1 year course.
  • Build your own portfolio and showcase your achievements.
  • Develop a range of communication skills and skills in self-awareness.
  • Recieve outstanding support from our experienced teaching team.
  • Study in the College's great facilities and inclusive working environment.

What to expect from the course

The ultimate aim of the qualification is to improve your performance and use of counselling skills.

It is intended that you'll be given the opportunity to develop a range of counselling skills and skills in self-awareness and self-assessment. These skills will be more effectively developed through a process which encourages you to assume an active responsibility for your own learning, which enables you to establish principles and good practice from a shared analysis with fellow learners and staff of experiences on the course and related experiences.

The ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills aims to:

- develop a repertoire of counselling skills at a consistent level
- underpin these skills with an understanding of one major therapeutic model
- increase the self-awareness of the person and their awareness of the impact that they have on people
These qualifications are designed for those learners who:
- seek the course as an entrance to their training to become a qualified professional counsellor
-wish to acquire a repertoire of counselling skills for use in other work areas, and who have no wish to become a professional counsellor, e.g. nurses, social workers and teachers.

Assessment will be through an internal portfolio and written assessments.

Modules studied will include:

- Understanding the context for the use of counselling skills
- Understanding counselling theory
- Using counselling skills
- Personal development for users of counselling skills


ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills

Why study with us?

You will be supported and taught by qualified teachers who are also practicing Counsellors who operate within independent businesses.

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

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Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

This qualification can lead on to a Level 4 Diploma in Counselling, the level required to practice in the UK.

We're here to help...

Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

Entry Requirements

Applicants should be aged 19+. There are no formal entry requirements for the Level 3 course, although for many learners hold a Level 2 in Counselling Concepts as a suitable preliminary qualification. Learners with degrees or similar qualifications in counselling-related subjects may be able to start directly on the Level 3 course.

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will be happy to help you find the best option for you. Email or call 0151 252 3607.


If you are 16-18 years old at the start of your course, studying at The City of Liverpool College is free.

19 years old or over at the start of the course? Fees are payable, but you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your course. Find out more at, or contact our admissions team on 0151 252 3000 or at

Fee for21/22 is 811.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

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