Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

This is a Distance Learning course, so there is no need to attend College.

This course will be delivered online or paper-based, over 16 - 20 weeks. Guided learning hours: 120.

Who is the course for?

This qualification covers the fundamental use and theories of counselling skills and personal development.

What does the course involve?

As part of this course you will study four mandatory units:

UNIT 1 - Using counselling skills

  • Section 1 Know what core counselling skills are
  • Section 2 Know how to establish a helping relationship
  • Section 3 Be able to use core counselling skills in a helping relationship (witness testimony required from an appropriate witness who has training, experience and knowledge in relation to counselling skills, such as a counsellor, manager or mentor) or case study (theoretical and self-evaluation of skills practice with examples and evaluating its effectiveness)
  • Section 4 Know how to conclude a helping interaction

UNIT 2 - Introduction to counselling skills theories

  • Section 1 Know elements of counselling theories
  • Section 2 Know the significance of counselling theories

UNIT 3 - Diversity and ethics in the use of counselling skills

  • Section 1 Know how an ethical framework relates to the use of counselling skills
  • Section 2 Know what discrimination means
  • Section 3 Understand about anti-discriminatory practice

UNIT 4 - Counselling skills and personal development

  • Section 1 Know how to develop self-understanding
  • Section 2 Know personal qualities relevant to the helping roles
  • Section 3 Know how to meet own support needs
  • Section 4 Know how self-reflection contributes to personal development

Entry Requirements

  • Learners must be aged 19 years or over as at 31/08/17
  • Must have lived in the EU for the last three years
  • Must currently reside in England
  • Must have a full Level 2 qualification or above (i.e QCF Diploma Level 2, five GCSEs/O Levels grade A-C, two or three AS Levels, CSE grade 1 5 or more, one A Level, QCF Certificate, GNVQ Intermediate, First Diploma, NVQ Level 2, First Certificate or Principle of Learning Level 2)


  • Unemployed and claiming benefits, and using the qualification to obtain work.

*An administration fee will be incurred if you withdraw from the course.

What are the assessment methods?

Assessments are due at the end of each unit. Your tutor will assess your work and build up your portfolio of evidence of learning. A certificate will be awarded on satisfactory submission of evidence of learning for the units studied.

What are the College attendance requirements?

As a Distance Learning course, there is no need to attend College.

For further information or advice, please contact the Distance Learning team:
01823 366612

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