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Counselling — Level 3 Certificate

Course information

The ultimate aim of the qualification is the improved performance of those who use counselling skills. It is intended that learners 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 learners to assume an active responsibility for their own learning and which enables them 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

This course leads to...

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

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. We will also test learners' suitability for the Level 3 course in a written exercise and at interview.

Why study with us?

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

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Course ID: 163518

Course Year: 21/22

Course Duration: 1 Year


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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